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Archdiocesan summer camp gives kids ‘a bit of heaven on earth’

The messy fun of Camp Rainbow shines in the smiles of kids from St. Edmond's Home for Children, part of Catholic Social Services' continuum of care for persons with disabilities.

Designer bag bingo helps spread the Gospel in Kenya

Presentation B.V.M. Parish in Cheltenham hosted an Aug. 5 match that raised some $6,000 for the Sisters of St. Joseph of Mombasa, whose order works "to evangelize the people of God" through education and health care.

Philly saint a ‘disciple of the Eucharist,’ says pastor

Four years after her shrine's move to the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul, St. Katharine Drexel continues to be a "powerful reminder" of the Real Presence, prayer and service to others, said Father Dennis Gill.

Rosaries needed for agency serving vulnerable women

Catholic Social Services is calling for rosaries and messages of hope to encourage clients battling homelessness, addiction and mental illness -- and you can help.

Ukrainian POW attack shows some are ‘available to the devil’ for cruelty, says pastor

A July 29 strike that killed more than 50 captured Ukrainian soldiers reveals 'the devil also has a plan,' said Father Roman Pitula, rector of the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Philadelphia.

Book club finds heaven by journeying through Middle-earth

Starting next month, Our Mother of Consolation Parish in Philadelphia will host a three-session exploration of J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings," a classic fantasy trilogy that illuminates profound Catholic truths.

Human life ‘an incredible gift from God’ that must be honored, says archbishop

With the issue of abortion returned to the states, some 350 joined Archbishop Nelson Pérez for a July 31 Mass celebrating the "sacredness and dignity" of life, and affirming care for women facing challenging pregnancies.

Seminary alums gather to ‘spiritually recharge’ for ‘constant invitation’ to encounter Christ

Dozens of priests met July 25-29 at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary for a week of prayer and fellowship, to strengthen their daily work of leading others to "the fountain of all grace."

Summer mission appeals more vital than ever to spread the Gospel

As missionaries visit area parishes, "faithfulness, not the amount, counts" in donations, since the need is greater than ever, said Michele Meiers, assistant director of the archdiocesan Pontifical Mission Societies office.

‘Urban mystic’ from Ireland helps women in recovery

Clients of Mercy Hospice, a ministry of archdiocesan Catholic Social Services, enjoyed a July 21 retreat with recovery patron and "heavenly helper" Venerable Matt Talbot at his St. Gabriel Parish shrine.