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The Venerable Cornelia Connelly (1809-1879), pictured around 1877. Public Domain.

Plan to exhume body of US-born nun buried in England withdrawn after outcry

Feb 25, 2021

A religious order announced on Thursday that it had withdrawn an application to exhume the body of its US-born founder... Read more

Philadelphia archdiocese addresses race and Catholicism in Zoom event

Feb 10, 2021

By Perry West

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia hosted a Zoom conference on “Race and Catholicism” for more than 200 Catholics last week. Read more

Greensburg adoption, foster program shuts down amid legal battle

Nov 19, 2019

Catholic adoption and foster care agencies in Pennsylvania are continuing to close their doors as Catholic Social Services of the... Read more

'Safe injection site' denounced as false solution to Philadelphia drug problem

Nov 3, 2019

A proposal to create a supervised injection site in Philadelphia has drawn criticism from the local archbishop and others who... Read more

Sharonell Fulton has fostered more than 40 children through Catholic Social Services. Photo courtesy of Becket.

Foster moms ask Supreme Court to hear Philadelphia case

Jul 23, 2019

"As a single mom and woman of color, I've known a thing or two about discrimination over the years..." Read more

Court rules against Catholic foster agency in Philadelphia

Apr 23, 2019

After a yearlong legal struggle, a federal appeals court has ruled that city contractors in Philadelphia must place foster children... Read more

The Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadelphia, which houses the relics of St. Katharine Drexel.

St. Katharine Drexel's tomb at Philadelphia cathedral named an archdiocesan shrine

Mar 1, 2019

By Perry West

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has announced that the recently constructed tomb of St. Katharine Drexel at the Cathedral Basilica of... Read more

Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia archdiocese has authorized $8.4 million to abuse victims

Feb 19, 2019

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has so far authorized more than $8.4 million in compensation to survivors of child sexual abuse... Read more

Supreme Court denies relief to Philadelphia Catholic foster care agency

Aug 30, 2018

The U.S. Supreme Court declined Wednesday to compel the city of Philadelphia to resume working with Catholic Social Services (CSS)... Read more

Philly mom feels 'rejected' by ban on referrals to Catholic foster agency

May 31, 2018

Over the past 25 years, Sharonell Fulton has been a mother to more than 40 children through foster parenting in... Read more

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia speaks at the Vatican Press Office, March 25, 2014.

Citing growing interest in Traditional Latin Mass, Archbishop Chaput creates quasi-parish

Apr 11, 2018

A new quasi-parish for Catholics interested in the Traditional Latin Mass will open in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia at a... Read more

Philly archdiocese responds after city halts foster care placements

Mar 16, 2018

By Courtney Mares

After the City of Philadelphia announced it has stopped using Catholic Social Services’ foster care program because it does not... Read more

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia speaks at the Vatican Press Office, March 25, 2014.

Chaput: Everyone who's a legal citizen should come pray for immigrants

Mar 18, 2017

As fears of deportation threaten to keep many immigrants home from a prayer service on Sunday, Archbishop Charles Chaput of... Read more

Priests celebrate Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Denver, Jan. 17, 2105

After nearly 150 years, Philadelphia seminary looks to move

Jun 20, 2016

By Mary Farrow

Bishop Francis Patrick Kenrick, the third bishop of Philadelphia, started St. Charles Borromeo seminary out of his home on Fifth... Read more

Archbishop Chaput of Philadelphia in Rome Sept. 15, 2014.

Archbishop Chaput named as one of new members on synod council

Nov 14, 2015

By Elise Harris

On Saturday the names of the 15 cardinals and bishops chosen to prepare for the next synod were announced by... Read more

Pope Francis at the World Meeting of Families Sept. 26 2015 © L'Osservatore Romano.

Pope Francis: I leave with a heart full of gratitude and hope

Sep 27, 2015

As he concluded his historic visit to the United States, Pope Francis thanked organizers and volunteers, saying that he concludes... Read more

Pope Francis speaks to bishops in Philadelphia Sept. 17, 2015.

'God cries' for victims of abuse, Pope says after meeting survivors

Sep 27, 2015

Pope Francis this morning met with 5 survivors of sexual abuse during his visit to Philadelphia, telling bishops afterward that... Read more

Pope Francis and Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia outside Independence Hall, Sept. 26, 2015.

For Pope Francis, it's imperative: religious liberty is a gift from God. Defend it.

Sep 26, 2015

In a Philadelphia moment laden with symbolism, Pope Francis on Saturday encouraged all Americans and all religions to unite against... Read more

Pope Francis delivers his address at Independence Hall, Sept. 26, 2015.

Full text of Pope Francis' religious liberty address to Hispanics

Sep 26, 2015

Pope Francis met with the Hispanic community and other immigrants at Philadelphia's Independence Hall, where the United States Declaration of... Read more

Performing for the Pope in Philly: a chat with some of the talent

Sep 25, 2015

By Adelaide Mena

Musicians, comedians, performers and artists from the around the world are eager to reinforce the message of the family and... Read more