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Sharonell Fulton has fostered more than 40 children through Catholic Social Services.

City of Philadelphia to pay $2 million to Catholic foster care agency in settlement

Nov 23, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

The city of Philadelphia will pay Catholic Social Services a $2 million settlement and reinstate their foster care contract after... Read more

Father Thomas Dailey, O.S.F.S.; Philadelphia Archbishop Nelson J. Perez; Msgr. Gerald Mesure, archdiocesan chancellor; and Father Sean Bransfield, vice chancellor, hold the official documents for the canonization cause of Father Bill Atkinson during the closing ceremony on Oct. 19, 2021.

Father Bill Atkinson canonization cause completes first phase, moves onto Rome

Oct 22, 2021

By Autumn Jones

Father Bill Atkinson, an Augustinian priest from Philadelphia who died in 2006, is one step closer in the cause for... Read more

Sharonell Fulton, one of the plaintiffs in Fulton v. Philadelphia who has fostered more than 40 children through Catholic Social Services

Philadelphia Catholic agency can once again help make foster care placements, after settlement with city

Sep 27, 2021

By Matt Hadro

Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is once again helping make foster care placements, following a legal settlement... Read more

Blase Cardinal Cupich of Chicago.

Chicago, Philly archdioceses tell priests not to provide religious exemption from COVID vaccines

Aug 19, 2021

By Joe Bukuras

The archdioceses of both Philadelphia and Chicago have instructed their clerics not to assist parishioners seeking religious exemptions from receiving... Read more

Religious freedom advocates express optimism after Fulton decision 

Jun 28, 2021

By Kate Scanlon

Religious freedom advocates on Monday applauded a recent Supreme Court decision, arguing it heralds a positive outlook for religious freedom... Read more

Supreme Court sides unanimously with Catholic Social Services in religious freedom case

Jun 17, 2021

By Kate Scanlon

The Supreme Court on Thursday decided unanimously in favor of Catholic Social Services in its lawsuit against the city of... Read more

Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul, Philadelphia

Philadelphia archbishop: ‘Nothing compares’ to being physically present at Sunday Mass

May 25, 2021

The Archbishop of Philadelphia this week invited Catholics back to Sunday Mass, emphasizing the importance of in-person attendance.  Read more

A resident of St. Philomena Cottage, a new home for young adults with disabilities of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Photo courtesy St. Edmond's Home for Children.

Philadelphia archdiocese opens home for young adults with disabilities

Nov 25, 2020

By Perry West

A Philadelphia bishop last month blessed Saint Philomena Cottage, a new archdiocesan home for young adults with disabilities.  Read more

Archbishop Nelson Perez. Photo courtesy of the Diocese of Rockville Centre.

Philadelphia archbishop offers prayers, calls for peace after days of unrest

Oct 30, 2020

By Christine Rousselle

Archbishop Nelson Perez of Philadelphia has offered prayers for the family of a man recently killed in a police shooting,... Read more

A baptismal font at St. Michael's Parish in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia archdiocese asks two priests to undo hasty church renovations

Aug 27, 2020

By Kevin J. Jones

Two parish administrators at two different Philadelphia churches must work to undo church renovations that drew both objections from parishioners... Read more

The Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadelphia.

Woman who punched reader at Mass in Philadelphia reportedly unfit to be charged

Aug 25, 2020

The woman who yelled at a lector and punched her twice during Mass at the Philadelphia cathedral is not mentally... Read more

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

Reader punched in the face at Sunday Mass in Philadelphia; motive unknown

Aug 24, 2020

By Mary Farrow

During the 11 a.m. Mass on Aug. 23, which was being livestreamed, two female readers concluded their readings and were... Read more

Archbishop Nelson Perez of Philadelphia during his installation Mass, Feb. 18, 2020.

Christ is hope for the Church and the world, Archbishop Perez says at installation

Feb 18, 2020

The hope of Christ is far more profound than hope as the world defines it, Archbishop Nelson Perez said during... Read more

November 27, 2019: Archbishop Charles Chaput in Rome for his final ad limina visit as Archbishop of Philadelphia.

In last Sunday Mass as Philly archbishop, Chaput retires with gratitude

Feb 17, 2020

Archbishop Charles Chaput has been a diocesan bishop for 31 years. For most of that time, his people have known... Read more

Archbishop-elect Nelson Perez speaks at a Jan. 23 press conference announcing his appointment as Archbishop of Philadelphia.

Aiming for pastoral presence in Philadelphia, Perez says he learned from Chaput

Jan 23, 2020

By Matt Hadro

The next Archbishop of Philadelphia said Thursday that he is glad for a homecoming to his native archdiocese, that he... Read more

Bishop Nelson Perez. Photo courtesy of the Diocese of Rockville Centre.

Cleveland's Bishop Nelson Perez to lead Philadelphia archdiocese

Jan 23, 2020

Bishop Nelson Perez of Cleveland was appointed Archbishop of Philadelphia Thursday, returning to the local Church of his priestly ordination.  Read more

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia's 2019 African Heritage Mass.

African Heritage Mass in Philadelphia draws Catholics from 21 countries

Oct 10, 2019

By Perry West

Hundreds of African Catholics gathered last Sunday for an annual Mass in Philadelphia, blending cultures, languages, and attire from across... Read more

Ex-Philly pastor arrested for charges of embezzling roughly $100,000 of church funds

Aug 22, 2019

A priest in Downingtown, Penn., a suburb west of Philadelphia, was arrested yesterday for stealing roughly $100,000 in church funds... Read more

Police officers carrying assault rifles respond to a shooting on August 14, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

After Philadelphia police shootings, Chaput calls for 'sensible solutions' to violence

Aug 15, 2019

By Mary Farrow

After a standoff between police and a gunman in Philadelphia yesterday, in which six officers were shot, Archbishop Charles Chaput... Read more

Supreme Court of the United States.

Catholic Social Services launch new appeal to Supreme Court

Jun 3, 2019

By Christine Rousselle

Lawyers representing Catholic Social Services of Philadelphia are appealing to the Supreme Court after the agency was stripped of its... Read more