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Compassion, love at heart of Catholic Charities Appeal, says archbishop

With a goal of $12.5 million, the Philadelphia Archdiocese's largest annual fundraiser, launched Jan. 24, benefits some 180 ministries that served almost a million people last year, said Archbishop Nelson Pérez.

After a century, parish still keeps the home fires burning

From its first Masses in an old movie theater, to liturgies in parishioners' homes and processions though the streets, St. Ambrose in Philadelphia is God's house among the people.

Bill prohibiting abortion funding in Pa. passes Senate committee

The Pennsylvania Catholic Conference praised the state Senate Health and Human Services Committee for passing a bill Jan. 25 to restrict the use of public money for abortions.

Roman Catholic welcomes $1 million scholarship gift

The gift of insurance executive and 1983 Roman graduate Matt Gardner will enable some 400 current and future students to attend the archdiocesan high school through the EITC/OSTC state tax credit programs.

Changes in clergy assignments announced

Archbishop Nelson Perez announced the appointment of priests affecting three parishes of the Philadelphia Archdiocese Jan. 24.

Ukrainian crisis a threat to Europe and democracy, local leaders say

A Russian invasion of Ukraine spells "life or death for thousands" of people, the displacement of millions and a return to authoritarianism in former Soviet nations, said Philadelphia Ukrainian Catholic Archbishop Borys Gudziak and others.

Dr. King a ‘prophetic icon’ of love as ‘vaccine to racism,’ says archbishop

The slain civil rights leader opened himself to "God's boldness" in turning hearts from hatred, said Archbishop Nelson Pérez at a Jan. 19 interfaith prayer service honoring King's legacy.

Grace, humility and listening key to Christian unity, say local experts

The international Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (Jan. 18-25) reminds believers in Christ that despite real differences, "they have a lot more in common."

Prayer service celebrating Dr. King set for Jan. 17

Archbishop Nelson Perez, a Jewish rabbi and a Muslim imam will lead prayers Monday evening at the Miraculous Medal Shrine to which all are invited, in person and virtually.

Lay parish leaders live out vocation, help others do the same

Parish services directors throughout the Philadelphia Archdiocese are working shoulder-to-shoulder with pastors to "keep the plates spinning" and bring people closer to Christ.