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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."

St. John Neumann Parish marks patron’s feast with day of prayer

On the Tuesday, Jan. 5 feast of St. John Neumann, his namesake parish in Bryn Mawr followed a morning Mass with all-day exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and concluded with a holy hour.

‘Last responders’ share heartache, fears over COVID

Local funeral directors say the pandemic has impacted "every aspect of their jobs," from personal safety to paperwork, while leaving them "emotionally drained."

Joint ministry unites two parishes in fight against racism

After last spring's protests against the killing of Black Americans and urgent calls for reform, the Joint Catholic Ministry on Racial Justice brought together parishioners of North Philadelphia and Delaware County parishes to end "the segregation of Sundays" in the church.