What does it take to renew marriage? This archdiocese plans to find out

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has announced a new initiative on marriage and family life: a three-year course which will be offered to both the clergy and lay people throughout its parishes. “There is a serious need to shift our previous approach to marriage and family life which ignores the consequences of poor catechesis and the… Continue reading What does it take to renew marriage? This archdiocese plans to find out

Pope Francis's Car sales for £57,000

The small black Flat 500L car that was used to ride Pope Francis around during his last year’s visit to Philadelphia drew more than 19 bidders in just 11 minutes at the Philadelphia Auto Show. The small Black Flat 500L car is one out of the six cars the Pope used during his visit to… Continue reading Pope Francis's Car sales for £57,000

Pope Francis met Argentine family who travelled 11,000 miles to Philadelphia

The Holy See press officer explained on Sunday that that morning Pope Francis had met with the Walkers, a family from Argentina who travelled in a VW camper van to Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families. Father Federico Lombardi explained that the Walkers left from Buenos Aires, and covered 11,000 miles and passed through… Continue reading Pope Francis met Argentine family who travelled 11,000 miles to Philadelphia

Full text of Pope Francis' religious liberty address to Hispanics

Pope Francis met with the Hispanic community and other immigrants at Philadelphia’s Independence Hall, where the United States Declaration of Independence and Constitution debated and adopted, this afternoon. Please find below the full text of his prepared remarks for the address: Dear Friends, One of the highlights of my visit is to stand here, before… Continue reading Full text of Pope Francis' religious liberty address to Hispanics

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

In a Philadelphia moment laden with symbolism, Pope Francis on Saturday encouraged all Americans and all religions to unite against efforts that would limit religious freedom. “May this country and each of you be renewed in gratitude for the many blessings and freedoms that you enjoy. And may you defend these rights, especially your religious… Continue reading For Pope Francis, it's imperative: religious liberty is a gift from God. Defend it.

Full text of Pope Francis' prepared remarks at the Festival of Families

Pope Francis put aside his prepared remarks for the World Meeting of Families’ “Festival of Families” Sept. 26, at the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia. Here is the full text of the prepared remarks he did not give: Dear Brothers and Sisters, Dear Families, First of all, I want to thank the families who were… Continue reading Full text of Pope Francis' prepared remarks at the Festival of Families

Philadelphia seminary plants, blesses a tree for Pope's day for care of creation

Responding to Pope Francis’ call for Catholics around the world to observe Sept. 1 as a Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia planted a tree on its grounds on Tuesday. The planting of a white oak was done in partnership with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, and was… Continue reading Philadelphia seminary plants, blesses a tree for Pope's day for care of creation

Are Pope Francis and the US bishops split? Don't believe the critics.

Ahead of the papal visit to the U.S., some critics have painted a narrative pitting Pope Francis against the “conservative” American bishops – but the Archbishop of Philadelphia doesn’t believe them. Claims that that Church ignores the poor while obsessing over things like abortion and human sexuality are nothing new to members of the Catholic… Continue reading Are Pope Francis and the US bishops split? Don't believe the critics.