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Local Lebanese Catholics unite in prayer, tears after Beirut blast

Some two dozen gathered for an Aug. 5 liturgy at St. Maron Maronite Catholic Church in South Philadelphia to support a nation reeling from recent tragedy and ongoing crisis.

Delco faith leaders march for justice in face of opposition

When the Catholic, Jewish, Methodist, Quaker and Episcopalian leaders of Delaware County marched peacefully against racism, they found hateful words and actions were "alive and well."

Archbishop, rabbi see progress in Jewish-Catholic relations

In a July 28 webinar, Archbishop Nelson Perez and Rabbi Abraham Skorka discussed how both faiths can deepen their dialogue while addressing COVID, racism and antisemitism.

A sign of growth: St. Patrick Parish

The Norristown parish is the oldest in Montgomery County, founded by Irish immigrants and today supported by recent arrivals from Mexico, resulting in a young, vibrant parish.

Latest figures show cultural vibrancy amid lower Mass attendance

Attendance at Catholic Masses for an average week in the Philadelphia Archdiocese hit a new low of 191,000, according to the 2019 October Count. More than 18,000 were in a language other than English.

Local Nicaraguan Catholics call cathedral attack ‘action of the devil’

A July 31 firebombing in Managua is part of a larger assault against the Catholic faith in Nicaragua, say area expats, but believers there "are willing to die" for Christ.

Citing major decline in revenue, Camden Diocese suspends survivor payments

Due to COVID-19's affect on revenues, the diocese is freezing future decisions or payments to clergy sexual abuse survivors through its compensation program.

Novena for end of pandemic begins this week

Archbishop Nelson Perez invites the clergy, religious and lay persons in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to join in the nine-day period of prayer before the Solemnity of the Assumption.

Persons with disabilities see progress, challenges as ADA turns 30

The Americans with Disabilities Act points to "work that has been done," but the "ongoing mission of love" must continue, say archdiocesan leaders of disability ministries.

Biking for Vocations ready to ride through 19 parishes

The event to promote vocations awareness expands this year as two groups of seminarians, a priest and two bishops ride in two routes totaling about 360 miles throughout the Philadelphia Archdiocese.