Jesuit Father Joseph Fitzmyer passed away Dec. 24: Fitzmyer, who was born in Philadelphia in 1920 and was ordained a Jesuit priest in 1951, is well known for his contributions to the Anchor Bible Series and for co-editing "The Jerome Biblical Commentary."
The Field Hospital: Archdiocesan consolidation has brought a diverse ethnic mix — and attention to racial reconciliation — into the last parish standing in the Germantown neighborhood.
Philadelphia: In the wake of the elections, there's been an "outpouring of inquiries and support" from U.S. congregations that want to sign on as sanctuary sites.
The Field Hospital: Welcome Center in Philadelphia teaches newcomers English, guides them through the byzantine naturalization process, and forms 'a real community.'
Aquinas Center is an innovative church- and community-supported venture that welcomes and supports immigrants.
Analysis: By the time the closing gavel came down near midnight Thursday on the Democratic National Convention, the entire battlefield in the culture wars had shifted -- dramatically.
Election 2016: One constant in this unconventional presidential campaign may be the unpredictability -- and importance -- of the Catholic vote.
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.
While faith has been on display at the Democratic National Convention, the religiously animated at the party's grassroots say it hasn't filtered to the top.
Philadelphia -- State Rep. Mark Rozzi, a sex abuse survivor, had attempted to shepherd a bill through the legislature that would revamp the state's sex abuse laws.