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North Philadelphia Catholic church damaged in arson

Doors at St. Veronica Church were badly damaged June 19 when an "incendiary device" sparked a blaze that was quickly controlled without injuries. The fire came amidst a two-week parish missionary outreach in surrounding neighborhoods.

Frazzled as a father? It’s OK to ask for help in being a dad, says social worker

Fathers can count on archdiocesan Catholic Social Services for everything from diapers to parenting classes, said Maritherese Mitchell of the agency's Bucks County Family Service Center.

After devastating fire, new deacon ‘can’t wait to serve’ those who helped his family

A month before his ordination, permanent Deacon Pascual Mota lost his home in the May 9 blaze that destroyed the former St. Leo Church in Philadelphia. Now, he's more committed than ever to his ministry.

CatholicPhilly.com captures four national media awards

The Catholic Media Association awarded the official news agency of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia with awards for work produced in 2020 including photography, sports and a print edition.

Foster parents welcome Supreme Court’s decision

Expressing relief at the outcome, foster parents like Sharonell Fulton said throughout the legal process that she had been approached by same-sex couples who “were never cut out of the foster care process.” Today she remains "ready to open my home.”

High court’s unanimous ruling affirms church’s care of foster children

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a unanimous 9-0 decision June 17 that archdiocesan Catholic Social Services may not be excluded from placing at-risk children in foster homes because of the agency's practice not to refer to same-sex households.

Delco group home residents ready for summer, thanks to Catholic school neighbors

Students at Notre Dame de Lourdes School in Swarthmore recently donated yard games and patio furniture to a Catholic Social Services residence for adults with intellectual disabilities.

Agency awarded for giving pregnant women ‘Real Alternatives’

For the ninth straight year, Catholic Social Services has been honored for providing thousands of expectant mothers with a "beautiful beginning" to parenthood.

New clergy assignments announced

Archbishop Nelson Pérez announced changes of assignment for eight priests serving in parishes and ministries in the Philadelphia Archdiocese.

Diplomas in hand, kindergarteners are ready for summer break

Some two dozen graduates of the St. Cornelius Early Learning Center in Chadds Ford wrapped up the academic year June 4 -- and now it's time for some well-deserved fun.