Family Meeting in Philly Beginning to Take Shape

PHILADELPHIA (CNS) – Sept. 22 marked exactly one year before the start of the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, so organizers for the event took the occasion to brief staff of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia on the latest details.

Laypeople Will Be Consulted

VATICAN CITY (CNS) – The World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia in September, 2015 will serve as a forum for debating issues on the agenda for the world Synod of Bishops at the Vatican the following month, said the two archbishops responsible for planning the Philadelphia event.

Philadelphia Will Retain Its College-Seminary

PHILADELPHIA (CNS) – A Philadelphia archdiocesan task force appointed to analyze the viability of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary’s college division has unanimously recommended that the division remain open. The panel also called for a strategic plan to be implemented over the next three to five years to provide a vibrant, sustainable house of formation and […]

Showing Love for Philly

The summer may have been a break from school work for St. Edmund Prep students, but they continued to work hard to provide corporal and spiritual works of mercy. For the fourth summer in a row, students from the Sheepshead Bay high school spent a week in Philadelphia volunteering with the St. Vincent de Paul […]

City of Brotherly Love Rings True to Name

by Father Robert Czok Recently, I was in Philadelphia to participate in a prayer event commemorating the “fetuses” killed by Dr. Kermit Gosnell. In order to give them proper burial in recognition of their humanity and personhood, Father Frank Pavone, director of the Priests for Life, was attempting to obtain the release of their remains from […]

Tablet TALK

Brooklyn Commemorates Irish in Philly The Commodore Barry Club of Brooklyn traveled to Philadelphia for a day of commemoration and festivities. The bus arrived at Old St. Mary’s Church, where Archbishop Charles J. Chaput celebrated a Mass in honor of the church’s 250th anniversary. Members explored the colonial neighborhood while honoring the patriot who emigrated from […]

Philadelphia Announces Seminary Consolidations

by Lou Baldwin PHILADELPHIA (CNS) – Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput announced March 7 that the archdiocese will consolidate some facilities and close some buildings on the campus of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, Pa. The archbishop announced the changes in his weekly column posted on, the news website of the archdiocese. “St. […]

Pope Calls Families to Philadelphia

by Carol Glatz MILAN (CNS) – As Pope Benedict XVI closed the World Meeting of Families in Italy’s capital of finance and fashion, he opened the possibility of his heading to the United States when he named the Archdiocese of Philadelphia the next venue of the world gathering. “God willing,” he said, he would attend […]


Arch. Chaput Named to Philadelphia

by Patricia Zapor WASHINGTON (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Justin Rigali of Philadelphia and appointed Denver Archbishop Charles J. Chaput to succeed him as head of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The changes were announced July 19 in Washington by Msgr. Jean-Francois Lantheaume, charge d’affaires at the apostolic nunciature in […]