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Bishop Edward Deliman retires, will continue ministry

The resignation of the auxiliary bishop of Philadelphia known for his work with Hispanic Catholics was accepted May 13 at the required age of 75 by Pope Francis.

‘Take Back the Month’ helps women, girls take back their lives

For the second year in a row, archdiocesan Catholic Social Services is tackling "period poverty" by collecting feminine hygiene products for those in need.

Zelenskyy risks all to ‘save dream of human self-determination,’ says local Catholic college president

Dr. Jonathan Peri of Manor College in Jenkintown joined 26 other schools in conferring an honorary doctorate on Ukraine's president, now defending his nation amid a Russian invasion that has killed thousands and displaced some 14 million.

Place hope in God, Phila. priests hear at gathering

A priest's identity lies in trusting in God’s promises "and relying not on our own strength" to move from crisis to joy, "even under trial," said the speaker at a convocation of archdiocesan priests this week.

Gwynedd Mercy U to build health care center

The Frances M. Maguire Healthcare Innovation Campus, a $10 million project featuring a new 65,000 foot facility, is a major project of the university and one of its several recent developments.

Nationwide baby formula shortage hits archdiocesan food pantries

Product recalls, inflation and supply chain issues have left shelves bare at home and at agency sites, say hunger relief staff at Catholic Social Services and Nutritional Development Services.

Father Judge set to graduate first group of welding students

Thirty three teens are ready to forge their future after completing the rigorous program, which is "changing lives," said instructor Joe Williams.

Don’t get used to war in Ukraine, plead local Ukrainian Catholic clergy

As the Russian invasion of Ukraine enters a third month, prayer and humanitarian aid are needed more than ever, said priests from the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia.

Historic bell returns to St. Augustine Church as icon of religious freedom

The Sister Bell was blessed May 7 by Philadelphia Auxiliary Bishop Timothy Senior, who said the instrument's storied journey reminds all to safeguard the "sacred right" to worship God.

Beloved police chaplain ‘lived Jesus’ for thousands, say mourners

Hundreds of police, clergy, family and friends gathered May 6 to celebrate the life and work of Oblate Father Steven Wetzel, head of the Philadelphia-based Michael the Archangel Ministry, who died April 27.