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Local pro-life advocates gather to pray for Supreme Court case on abortion

As the justices convened Dec. 1 to consider a major challenge to Roe v. Wade, dozens of faithful "took it to the Lord" in front of a Philadelphia Planned Parenthood site.

Cardinal Foley School goes cold turkey (trot) for 5K race benefit

The 15th annual walk and run through the neighborhoods of Havertown, Delaware County burned up Thanksgiving calories for 320 runners, all to benefit Cardinal John Foley Regional Catholic School and draw together the community for fun.

Beloved saint’s legacy lives on through local police, religious order

The Oblates of St. Francis de Sales have inspired generations to serve others through careers in law enforcement and a Philadelphia police ministry -- a mission the order's 17th-century patron would endorse.

For 4th year, archdiocesan finances show modest surplus

The $2.7 million core operating surplus for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2021, along with strong improvement in funding for long-term obligations, were highlights of new audited financial statements for the Philadelphia Archdiocese released Dec. 2.

St. Agatha-St. James’ new mosaic reflects its multicultural faithful

In a city that is famous for its colorful murals, a new mosaic, “That All May Be One” was blessed at the West Philadelphia parish and Penn-Drexel Newman Center. It faithfully captures the spirit of multicultural community.

Hanukkah celebrates religious freedom, hope, say local Jewish-Catholic relations experts

The eight-day Jewish festival, observed Nov. 28-Dec. 6 this year, “reminds us of the imperative to make room in our hearts for those who are different from us," say two professors at St. Joseph's University.

One-of-a-kind program at archdiocesan school transforms kids’ vision

At St. Lucy School in Philadelphia, children with cortical visual impairment (CVI) are receiving the region's only full-time CVI instruction, thanks to a grant from the Ambassador's Fund for Catholic Education.

Faithful serve hundreds of Thanksgiving meals to area families

From the city to the suburbs, parishes and ministries throughout the Philadelphia Archdiocese brought hope to those struggling with food insecurity during the holiday.

During holidays, lean on God more than ever for addiction recovery, say local experts

COVID and the Christmas season can make staying sober even more difficult, but "resurrection happens in hearts" that trust in the Lord, said Father Douglas McKay and other recovery ministers.

After year without a Christmas bazaar, parishioners glad for its return

The venerable tradition is returning to many parishes this year, as at Mother of Divine Providence Parish in King of Prussia, where craft vendors and volunteers shared a special joy.