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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.

Give God A Second Thought! – Lent Mission with Paulist Father John E. Collins, CSP

Come let Paulist Father John Collins help you to discover your own personal faith story and learn the importance of taking that story beyond the walls of the church.

Young adults make ‘deep dive’ into faith during ‘ad limina’ visit

A delegation of young women and men, accompanying Midwestern bishops in Rome to meet with Pope Francis, are "a sign of hope" and of "a willingness to change some things," said one participant.

Bishops must listen, learn, be healed by God, archbishop says

During a Jan. 15 homily in Rome, Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda of St. Paul and Minneapolis said that "the church has been knocked down" but that "the Lord can lift us up to do that work that is his."

‘Ad limina’ is time to reflect on personal growth in faith, bishop says

At a Jan. 16 Mass in Rome, Bishop R. Walker Nickless of Sioux City, Iowa said the Midwestern bishops' scheduled meeting with Pope Francis, held every five years, is an opportunity to recommit to love, faith and service.

Bishops urge Central African Republic leaders to face challenges in 2020

During a Jan. 6-12 plenary, the conference called for "free, transparent elections" and "peaceful solutions" in the conflict-torn nation.

Comboni Sisters in West Bank build bridges amid walls

From a convent along Israel's separation wall, the community works to heal divisions between Palestinians and Israelis, while also ministering to vulnerable Bedouin and Eritrean populations in the area.

Rome-brokered peace deal increases chances of papal visit to South Sudan

The agreement, signed in Rome Jan. 13, included additional opposition leaders, raising hopes that both Pope Francis and Anglican Archbishop Justin Welby will make a long-desired trip to the African nation.

Trebek cites ‘power of prayer’ in accepting Fordham Founders’ Award

At a Jan. 7 reception, the "Jeopardy" host said that the faith instruction he received through Catholic education has sustained him as he battles stage four pancreatic cancer.