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Grandkids (and great-grandkids) bring ‘blessings beyond measure,’ say area seniors

As the church marks the first World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly, local faithful say they can't imagine life without the "pure joy" their children's children bring to them.

Portrait of pioneering Black priest installed in Cathedral

An image of Venerable Augustus Tolton, the nation's first recognized Black Catholic priest, is now on display next to the shrine of his old friend, St. Katharine Drexel.

Hymn writer says little-known Marian apparition has a message for today

Retired parish music director Joseph Pokorny wrote "Our Lady of Šiluva" to honor the faith of Lithuanian Catholics, and to inspire devotion in others amid widespread division.

Prayer, conversion, good works needed to win ‘freedom for the pre-born’

Ending "the greatest evil in our day and in any day" requires a renewed commitment to Christ, along with concrete acts of compassion, said participants at a July 17 Mass and rally sponsored by the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel a ‘very relevant’ devotion in troubled times, says Bucks County priest

The beloved Marian title and its spirituality counter "false gods and prophets" while deepening faith, said Father Matthew Guckin, pastor of Our Lady of Carmel in Doylestown.

Mass obligation reinstated as of Aug. 15, Archbishop Pérez says

With the 16-month impact of COVID-19 "considerably reduced," Archbishop Nelson Pérez announced July 15 that “it is again possible for the faithful to assemble for the Eucharist. It is time to lift the dispensation from the obligation" to attend Sunday Mass.

AbbeyFest returns to the place where it all began, in person

Now in its seventh year, the popular Catholic music festival will go live Sept. 18 at Daylesford Abbey, headlined by Matt Maher with Archbishop Nelson Pérez celebrating Mass.

Local crafters make rosaries for migrants at border

Parishioners at St. William in Philadelphia created twine chaplets with a prayer in every knot for those fleeing poverty and violence -- a journey some of them know all too well.

Archdiocesan ministries crown at-risk clients ‘queen for a day’

Some 20 ladies served by Women of Hope and Mercy Hospice relaxed royally at a July 9 luau luncheon sponsored by Catholic Social Services.

Couple heads back to the altar, this time as Franciscans

After years of marriage, Frank and Betty Coyle of Holy Innocents Parish recently professed to live as Secular Franciscans, promising to bring Christ to others by working for peace, justice and the care of creation.