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Archbishop Perez inspires young adults to learn, get involved in church

A diverse group of young adults under the Office for Pastoral Care of Migrants and Refugees gathered with the Archbishop Jan. 10 at St. Cyprian Parish to show their joy as missionary disciples.

Archdiocese gears up for a year of St. Joseph filled with ‘real graces’

Masses, devotions and an array of spiritual resources will help faithful draw closer to the church's premier patron, whose intercession is more needed than ever, said Father Dennis Gill.

St. Gabriel School to close; students to attend nearby St. Thomas Aquinas

The two Independence Mission Schools, located little more than a mile apart, will consolidate beginning in the fall. St. Gabriel's was operating at only 28% of capacity, making it unsustainable.

Court ruling against safe injection site a ‘victory,’ say local experts

A federal decision halting Philadelphia's plan for supervised illicit drug use is a win for those in addiction, as well as for the surrounding community, according to outreach workers, ethicists and civic activists.

PCC pans effort to provide abortifacient drugs via telemedicine

The head of the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference warned of the use of mail-order drugs "known to result in death and severe hemorrhaging" by women at home.

Young women bring Christ to Kensington streets

Three volunteers with Mission Youth Philly are giving a year of their lives to serve those battling poverty, addiction and homelessness in one of the city's most challenged neighborhoods.

St. Rita Shrine’s RAW deal offers prayer, healing

The South Philadelphia national shrine has begun a monthly gathering that focuses participants on reconciliation, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and personal witness.

Police, priest bring warmth to cold streets

Oblate Father Steven Wetzel and members of the Michael the Archangel Ministry recently distributed winter gear to clients of Kensington-based St. Francis Inn.

Aid workers welcome law to help pandemic’s youngest victims

Catholic Relief Services staff and volunteers are celebrating the recent passage of the Global Child Thrive Act, a bipartisan effort to strengthen the development of some 725 million children impoverished by COVID.

Frontline workers, clients welcome COVID vaccine with ‘tears of joy’

Staff and residents at Divine Providence Village began receiving the first doses of the Moderna inoculation, marking a moment of relief "10 months in the making."