A federal judge ruled plaintiffs including Catholic Social Services of the Philadelphia Archdiocese must provide home assessments for same-sex couples wishing to provide foster care.
A priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia responsible for a retirement home for priests faces federal charges of embezzling more than $535,000 from that same home.
Responding to the destruction of some 100 gravestones at a Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia, Archbishop Charles Chaput Feb. 27 deplored the "senseless acts of mass vandalism."
One speaker at the Democratic National Convention didn't bring the delegates to their feet in cheers, but evoked heads bowed in silent prayer.
Jesuit Fr. William Bryon gave an invocation and led more than 20,000 people in prayer Wednesday at the Wells Fargo Center in South Philadelphia on the convention's penultimate night. He preceded two of the party's biggest names -- President Barack Obama and Vice President Joseph Biden -- who delivered their speeches to roaring acclaim.