Chance for school choice might not come again

The Catholic community across Pennsylvania rose up to demand that their state legislators support school choice. Catholics with school-age children and those without sent letters, made phone calls and personal visits in the thousands with one message: we’re your constituents, and we want you to pass school choice legislation, especially in the form of vouchers. […]

A Renewed Apostolate

“And with your spirit.” Most of us will need some practice to be comfortable with these words. As we stumble to catch on to the new translation of the Mass, lay Catholics are reminded that we are an important part of the Church. We have a “special and indispensable role” to play, not just in […]

Feast of Our Lady of Kibeho commemorated Nov. 28

When most people think of Rwanda they think of the 1994 genocide in which close to 1 million people were killed in the span of only 91 days. Genocide survivor and best-selling author Immaculee Ilibagiza would like to change that. She wants people to know about Our Lady of Kibeho, the only Vatican-approved Marian apparition […]

Conscience Rights Violated by Sweeping HHS Contraceptive Mandate

Take Action at www.pacatholic.org by September 30 In implementing the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the new health care reform law), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently issued a rule requiring almost all private health plans to cover contraception and sterilization as “preventive services” for women. The mandate even […]

Society of the Holy Child Jesus Sisters are happy to make a commitment for life

  You can count on children to cut to the heart of the issue. Two preschoolers were overheard discussing their grandfather’s retirement: The older sister explained to her sibling, “Now Grandpa has time to play.” The younger child wondered aloud, “Does he know how to play?” The comment, while quite sweet, is also revealing. Commitment […]

Cyberbullying’s latest victim

Cyberbullying has claimed another beautiful life. This has to stop. It just has to stop. On July 19, Australian teen Daani Sanders killed herself. Her friends say that the Sydney student was constantly bullied online and in person, and that it got so bad that her parents removed her from school and tried to get […]

The first – and last – ‘European’?

One of the great bits of repartee in “The King’s Speech” movie comes as the maverick Australian speech therapist, Lionel Logue, is just getting to know His Royal Highness Prince Albert, the stammering Duke of York: Logue: “Surely a prince’s brain knows what his mouth’s doing?” Bertie: “You’re obviously not well acquainted with many royal princes.”

The multicultural parish: Learning to expect differences

In a multicultural parish there will be various ways of doing the same activity. Isn’t that why our churches are filled with images of Mary and the saints: St. Anthony for the Italians, St. Hedwig for the Polish and St. Patrick for the Irish? And Our Lady of Knock, of Czestochowa, of Good Counsel, of Fatima? Isn’t that why we have so many different prayer groups, societies and associations?

Catholic Charities Appeal surpasses goal

Thanks to the hard work and dedication of individual parishes, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has surpassed the $8 million goal that was set for the 2011 Catholic Charities Appeal.

Church uses resources to proclaim Gospel

You can’t take it with you. Good thing too, because people face so many troubles today that require wise use of money here and now. So it’s timely that the Archdiocese of Philadelphia presents its annual pastoral and financial report to the faithful this week. The needs are great in this region, but so is […]