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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.

No easy answers to homelessness, church workers say

After Philadelphia cleared tent encampments Jan. 6, staff of Catholic Social Services spoke of the "complicated" challenge of homelessness. They see an uptick in youth aging out of foster care now on the streets.

Local faithful with loved ones in Puerto Rico call for prayers

While a series of earthquakes that began on Dec. 28 continue to rock the island, area Catholics are relying on faith to assist family and friends still struggling to rebuild after 2017's Hurricane Maria.

For Deaf Catholics, new videos teach richness of faith

Most in the Deaf Community in the U.S. are unchurched, but Ascension Press with Father Sean Loomis are changing that with inclusive, instructive materials that point to the face of God, not his voice.

Deaf faithful pray the Mass in their own tongue, ASL

Thanks to the efforts of three Philadelphia priests, an Immaculate Heart sister and an army of volunteers, the Deaf Community can experience the Catholic liturgy in American Sign Language, a distinct language in itself.

Composer, pianist gives ‘100% credit to God’ for her gifts

Tonya Taylor-Dorsey, the new director of the Philadelphia Catholic Gospel Mass Choir, strives to “refresh and renew” the faithful through a music ministry that has spanned three decades and a number of performance venues.

Maryland seminarians talk up faith at West Chester U.

Two dozen Mount St. Mary's seminarians visited the university for three days to spread the Gospel, aided by Knights of Columbus. Although many students lose their faith in these years, most were willing to discuss it.

Assignment changes noted for clergy in archdiocese

Archbishop Charles Chaput announced nine changes Jan. 3 for priests and deacons serving in archdiocesan parishes.