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Virtual Catholic speed dating events start Friday night

Single Catholics from Pennsylvania and throughout the East Coast are invited to log in to a virtual Catholic speed dating room to meet fellow Catholics individually for dating and friendship.

Catholic dioceses cope with new limits as virus soars in U.S., Canada

The number of COVID-19 cases is rising dramatically in the U.S., Canada and around the world. Government officials have returned to stricter lockdowns, and are urging families to reconsider holiday celebrations.

New Mexico archdiocese closes churches amid virus spike

Because "COVID-19 cases and deaths have risen at a rapid rate and have reached alarming numbers," the Archdiocese of Albuquerque has closed Catholic churches for indoor worship.

Archdiocese plans for schools to reopen with flexibility

Catholic schools in the Philadelphia region are preparing to welcome students for the fall term through a mix of in-person and virtual instruction to adapt to the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on education.

State’s ‘green’ phase allows more in pews, but precautions continue

Churches can now seat up to 75% of their building occupancy, but face masks and receiving holy Communion by hand are still "strongly recommended" by the Philadelphia Archdiocese.

Watch priesthood ordination today from Cathedral

Archbishop Nelson Perez will ordain five men as priests for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia today, June 20 at 10 a.m. Follow the Mass live, which is not open to the public, here.

As public Mass resumes, liturgical music makes a slow comeback

Large choirs won't be singing in area parishes for some time, but archdiocesan directives offer a chance to better appreciate the human voice as an instrument of divine praise.

Wounded by COVID, we heal in gentleness

As we slowly emerge from coronavirus lockdown, we need more than ever to heed the words of St. Paul, who urged us to "bear with one another through love," writes Gina Christian.

Parishioners look forward to public Masses with joy, anxiety

CatholicPhilly.com spoke with dozens of local Catholics in city and suburbs, and heard voices of eager anticipation of the return of public Masses June 6-7, along with apprehension for its effects on health.

Catholic singles find each other despite COVID

A speed dating service that's helped some 30 couples to the altar so far moved online during the pandemic, keeping participants connected to each other and to God.