The effects of the earthquake in Haiti one year later

By Cardinal Justin RigaliArchbishop of Philadelphia January 12 marks the one year anniversary of the devastating earthquake in Haiti. We take the ongoing effects of that disaster as our topic this week. Not all anniversaries are joyful occasionsIn his recent Christmas Message Urbi et Orbi, “to the City and to the World,” Pope Benedict XVI […]

Church made memorable news in nation and world

Local Catholic news stands out in 2010In 2010, pope faced tough challenges inside and outside the church JANUARY Haiti quake precipitates calls for prayer, rapid and generous relief effortsPope Benedict XVI prayed for victims of a massive earthquake in Haiti and urged the international community to provide generous assistance to the stricken population of the […]

U.S. Bishops discuss health care, Iraq, Haiti

By Catholic News Service BALTIMORE – In his final address as president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Cardinal Francis E. George of Chicago criticized those who define the Church’s usefulness by whether it provides “foot soldiers for a political commitment, whether of the left or the right.” In his talk opening the Nov. […]

St. Charles Seminary

By Cardinal Justin Rigali As we approach the Memorial of St. Charles Borromeo on November 4, we have the opportunity to reflect on our Seminary, which bears his name. “You have a good seminary!”When I greeted Pope Benedict XVI shortly after his election by the College of Cardinals, I was delighted when he said to […]

The promise of pro-life youth

By Megan Breen and Samuel Vasquez With few resources and little guidance, Alejandra, a high school junior in California, began an unlikely project: starting a pro-life club at her public high school. She had recently finished reading “The Snakebite Letters” by Peter Kreeft, which presents the correspondence between a senior demon, Uncle Snakebite, and his […]

Blessed John Henry Newman

By Cardinal Justin RigaliArchbishop of Philadelphia The recent Beatification of Cardinal John Henry Newman provides us with our topic this week. Who is Cardinal Newman?During his recent Apostolic Journey to England and Scotland, Pope Benedict XVI presided at the Ceremony of Beatification of Cardinal John Henry Newman (1801-1890). This, in itself, draws attention to the […]

Venerable’s thinking addresses modern concerns

Cardinal John Newman’s beatification draws attention to his contributions to Catholic intellectual life By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T The beatification of England’s Cardinal John Henry Newman on Sept. 19 is arguably the most notable one for that country since the 1886 beatification of Thomas More and other English martyrs. It is of such note […]

The Church’s ministry to young people

By Cardinal Justin Rigali The relics of St. John Bosco, a great apostle to young people, are being brought to various places throughout the world as part of the upcoming 200th anniversary of his birth. This gives us the opportunity to write about the ministry of the Church to youth. We always begin with the […]

Msgr. Thomas J. Scanlon dies at 79

By Christie L. ChicoineCS&T Staff Writer Msgr. Thomas J. Scanlon, a former pastor of Resurrection of Our Lord Parish in Northeast Philadelphia and a former rector of St. Joseph’s-in-the-Hills Malvern Retreat House in Malvern, died Monday, Aug. 30, 2010 at St. Mary Manor in Lansdale, where he had been a retired priest in residence. He […]

New missal approved

By Nancy Frazier O’BrienCatholic News Service WASHINGTON – Catholics in the United States will begin using the long-awaited English translation of the Roman Missal on the first Sunday of Advent in 2011, Cardinal Francis E. George of Chicago said Aug. 20. The cardinal’s announcement as president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops marks the […]