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Catholic Charities Appeal ‘gives hope to all’ in 2020

Archbishop Charles Chaput launched the Philadelphia Archdiocese's largest annual fundraiser for ministries serving tens of thousands of people Jan. 17, saying its $12.5 million goal was "a lot of money, but there's a lot of need."

St. Laurentius Church sold, ending 6-year dispute

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s role in the drama over the closed church ended with its Jan. 13 sale. How to reuse the ornate 19th century structure for a secular purpose, and possibly preserve it, will be taken up by a new player.

Thousands of area faithful ready to March for Life

Catholics from parishes and schools in the Philadelphia Archdiocese will travel to Washington, D.C. Jan. 24 for the 47th annual pro-life demonstration. See a schedule of events and a list of bus trips.

Once sleeping in cars, she’s now heading for college

Bernadette spent almost 40 years living on the streets of North Philadelphia due to addiction. Thanks to an archdiocesan ministry that assists women in recovery, she's taking classes -- and control of her destiny.

Want to help others? Go to a Sixers game

A portion of the proceeds for a Feb. 20 game against the Brooklyn Nets will benefit the Catholic Charities Appeal, which supports social services and other programs that assist tens of thousands of area individuals.

2020 Catholic Directory shows whats and wheres of the archdiocese

Catholics in the Philadelphia Archdiocese have questions about the people and places in this community, and fortunately the annual directory is crammed with facts in its 330 pages.

St. Francis parishioners learn of porn’s spread, trauma

Father Allen Hoffa of the Allentown Diocese spoke at the parish in Springfield, Delaware County on the high percentages of people at every age addicted to pornography. He advised vigilance and virtue.

Mean seniors’ bullying a growing problem, speaker says

Anthony Luker, a specialist with the state Attorney General's office, spoke to elderly residents of an archdiocesan home about a little-known trend of seniors intimidating or excluding their peers.

Local Catholic school awarded for savvy marketing

As it celebrates its 100th anniversary, St. Charles Borromeo School in Bensalem was recognized for its fresh approach to spreading the word about its educational vision.

Immigrants to US face stiffer headwinds in 2020

As the Catholic community marks National Migration Week, a Philadelphia immigration attorney says “it’s getting insanely difficult” to become a U.S. citizen. Laws are stricter and fees higher.