Catholic Church

Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
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Mark Abrams
March 30, 2020 - 2:06 pm
Due to social distancing rules, Catholics haven’t been able to attend daily or Sunday Mass in-person. But, on the Philadelphia Archdiocese’s website or social media pages, you’ll find a doorway to a weeklong program of talks and meditations. Read more here.
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Church pews
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AP News
February 25, 2020 - 3:05 pm
A Roman Catholic priest in Allentown has been sentenced for groping a 17-year-old parishioner and sending her lewd photos and a video. Read more here.
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Archbishop Nelson Perez
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Mark Abrams
February 23, 2020 - 4:00 am
Archbishop Nelson Perez is settling into his duties after he was officially installed as the new shepherd of the region’s more than 1 million Roman Catholics earlier this week. Listen to a one-on-one interview with Perez here.
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Diocese of Harrisburg
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AP News
February 19, 2020 - 1:44 pm
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, filed for bankruptcy, six months after disclosing it had paid millions of dollars to people sexually abused as children by its clerics. Read more here.
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Archbishop Nelson Perez
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Mark Abrams
February 18, 2020 - 12:41 pm
Nelson Perez is officially the archbishop of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Read more here.
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Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
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Mark Abrams
February 17, 2020 - 6:53 am
It's the end of an era for Philadelphia Catholics, and the beginning of another. Outgoing Archbishop Charles Chaput gave his final evening Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul on Sunday. Read more here.
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Pope Francis
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AP News
February 13, 2020 - 10:41 am
Pope Francis refused to approve the ordination of married men or women as deacons to address a shortage of priests in the Amazon, sidestepping a fraught issue that has divided the Catholic Church and emboldened his conservative critics. Read more here.
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Church pews
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David Madden
February 09, 2020 - 4:30 am
Over $11 million has been paid out, or soon will be, by five Catholic dioceses in New Jersey to dozens of victims of sexual abuse at the hands of priests. And that effort is far from finished. Read more here.
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Nelson Perez, the next Archbishop of Philadelphia.
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Mark Abrams
January 24, 2020 - 4:00 am
The arrival of a new archbishop is likely to mean management in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will lean more in the direction of Pope Francis' vision for the Catholic Church. That's the view of a Villanova University theology professor who closely follows the Vatican and church operations here...
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Bishop Nelson J. Perez officates over The Sacrament of Confirmation ceremony at The Church of St. Martin of Tours on December 7, 2012 in Bethpage, New York.
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Mark Abrams
January 23, 2020 - 6:15 am
Pope Francis has named Bishop Nelson Perez, leader of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, Ohio, as the new archbishop of Philadelphia. Read more here.
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