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Archbishop welcomes West Catholic students back to school

Juniors and seniors returning to class Sept. 9 were greeted with fist bumps and a blessing from Archbishop Nelson Pérez, who stressed gratitude and hope amid ongoing COVID challenges.

See a photo gallery of images from the visit here.

A month after tragedy, Phila. parish prays for Lebanon’s future

Faithful gathered at St. Maron Maronite Catholic Church to honor the victims of a deadly Aug. 4 explosion in Beirut, as part of a universal day of prayer declared by Pope Francis.

Ministry asks faithful to step up for addiction recovery

Mercy Hospice, which supports women overcoming substance abuse, will join area outreaches for a virtual version of an annual walk celebrating sobriety.

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Parishes prepare for confirmation celebrations this autumn

See our updated list of parishes, dates, times and bishop/priest celebrants for conferral of the sacrament of confirmation. Many parish celebrations were cancelled last spring due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Back to school in 2020 mixes precaution with excitement

Schools across the Archdiocese of Philadelphia returned to classes fully this week, welcoming students to in-person instruction and, for those who wished it, virtual participation. See scenes from Holy Innocents School in Philadelphia, St. Lucy School for Visual Impairment and St. Michael School in Levittown, as well Corpus Christi School in Lansdale.

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Pastors of two Delco parishes die in past week

Father Albert Santorsola of St. Rose of Lima Parish in Eddystone and Father Anthony Orth of St. Gabriel Parish in Norwood, both in Delaware County, died a day apart last week and were laid to rest in funeral rites this week.

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Oregon’s fire: Most churches safe, for now, offering shelter

While the foothills of Oregon's Cascade Mountains have been ablaze, most of the Catholic churches have not burned and many have offered shelter to thousands of evacuees.

Wisconsin bishop says ‘both sides’ urge response to priest’s ‘divisive’ video

The bishop of La Crosse, Wisconsin, said he has privately begun to correct a pastor who in a video says Catholics who are Democrats must "repent" of their support for the party or "face the fires of hell."

USCCB urges Congress, White House to reach COVID relief deal

A leader with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has urged agreement on new legislation for pandemic relief that meets the urgent needs of the nation.

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Report abuse learned in confession or go to jail, says Australian state

A new law requires priests in the state of Queensland to break the seal of confession to report child sex abuse to police or face three years in jail.

A similar law is in place in four other Australian states.

Catholic social teaching has values the world needs, Dominican says

Individual rights are essential for human flourishing, but so is the broader common good, said Sister Helen Alford. Recent crises are the result of "too individualistic mindset," she said.
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Economy must place people above ‘idols of finance,’ Pope Francis says

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Teach the faith with digitally enhanced storytelling

Religious education risks falling into irrelevance in the digital landscape, writes Father Thomas Dailey. Investment, in terms of material and human resources, is needed to save it.

To walk in our divided political land, try buddy system

Some people despair that they will ever have a fruitful conversation with a person of another political party, so Amy Uelmen suggests pairing charitably with a person whose views differ.

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Parables of mercy, old and new, remind of God’s gift

Mercy can save our life and that of the person whom we forgive, and it flows from recognizing that we have been forgiven, writes Msgr. Joseph Prior on this Sunday's Mass.

What a 600-year-long song can teach us

"As Slow As Possible" by composer John Cage finally changed chords after seven years, reminding us in the process that we need a major shift in our worldview, writes Gina Christian. 

See more in Spirituality.

In ‘Mulan,’ Disney+ gives epic tale big-budget treatment

The live-action reboot of 1998's animated adventure of female empowerment in ancient China is pleasing entertainment -- for those properly catechized.

See book reviews and more in our Culture section.
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