Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Clouds are lit by the rising sun over St. Augustine Roman Catholic Church in Philadelphia.
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AP News
December 26, 2019 - 11:41 am
Pennsylvania's Roman Catholic dioceses have paid nearly $84 million to 564 victims of sexual abuse, a tally that's sure to grow substantially in the new year as compensation fund administrators work through a backlog of claims, according to an Associated Press review. Read more here.
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Church pews.
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Mark Abrams
December 09, 2019 - 7:02 am
A veteran priest who was named in a Philadelphia grand jury report on clergy sex abuse in the Philadelphia Archdiocese and later cleared has again been removed from active ministry. Read more here.
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Catholic Archbishop Charles Chaput
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Mark Abrams
September 26, 2019 - 4:00 am
Philadelphia's archbishop is 75 and by Vatican law, has presented his resignation to the pope.
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Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
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Tim Jimenez
September 16, 2019 - 12:51 pm
A priest has been deemed "unsuitable for ministry" after being accused of sexually abusing a minor in the early '70s — before he became a priest and when he was a minor himself. Read more here.
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Robert Brennan lawsuit
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AP News
September 05, 2019 - 1:00 pm
Federal prosecutors in Philadelphia have charged a former Roman Catholic priest with lying to the FBI about whether he knew an accuser and his family. Read more here.
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Francis Trauger
Bucks County District Attorney's Office
Jim Melwert
September 03, 2019 - 3:49 pm
Former priest Francis Trauger has been charged in Bucks County for allegedly molesting two altar boys — one in the mid-'90s, another in the early 2000s — at Saint Michael the Archangel Church. The boys, who were each about 12 at the time, said it happened while the priest was helping them get their...
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Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
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Mark Abrams
July 29, 2019 - 8:49 am
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Philadelphia Archdiocese is closing three churches that were left vacant because of parish mergers in the past couple of years. The archdiocese says Holy Trinity Church in Society Hill, St. Rose of Lima Church in West Philadelphia, and Our Lady of Ransom Church in...
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Christopher Serpentine
Radnor Township Police Department
Jim Melwert
June 05, 2019 - 4:43 pm
RADNOR, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — A teacher at Archbishop John Carroll High School has been arrested for alleged inappropriate contact with a student. Christopher Serpentine, 33, of Brookhaven is charged with four counts of institutional sexual assault. The school's website says Serpentine is a fine...
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Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
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Mark Abrams
May 20, 2019 - 10:00 am
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has announced the merger of four parishes in the lower Northeast. St. Adalbert, St. George, and Mother of Divine Grace will merge with Nativity BVM Parish on East Allegheny Avenue in Port Richmond, effective July 1. Philadelphia...
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Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
Mark Abrams | KYW Newsradio
Mark Abrams
May 12, 2019 - 4:00 am
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Seven men will step forward to answer the call Saturday, May 18 for ordination to the priesthood serving in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. It's the largest class of men to be ordained for service in the archdiocese in 12 years. Bishop Timothy Senior, rector of St...
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