With up to 15,000 attendees expected for the gathering of families, organizers are planning hotel and other accommodations plus a full slate of top speakers and activities
Fr. Mark J. Haynes was placed on administrative leave immediately after he was charged with six counts of possessing and disseminating child pornography.
Sept. 22 marked exactly one year before the start of the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, so organizers for the event took the occasion to brief staff of the Philadelphia archdiocese on the latest details.
Registration for the Sept. 22-25 event will begin within several weeks as agreements with speakers for the program are finalized. That part of the planning is ahead of schedule, as registration for the meetings held every three years in a different city typically begins only eight to nine months before the event.
Lawyers for a priest and Catholic school teacher convicted last year of sex abuse say prosecutors didn't inform them of a witness that would have bolstered their defense.
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced July 1 that it is selling six nursing homes and one assisted living facility operated by archdiocesan Catholic Health Care Services.
Shrinking attendance and shifting population led to the closures, which will leave the archdiocese with 219 parishes, down from 266 in 2010.
The Philadelphia archdiocese sued three agencies of the U.S. federal government seeking relief from the mandate that employees cover contraceptives in health plans.
The 1996 Pennsylvania law that recognizes marriage between one man and one woman is unconstitutional, a federal judge ruled Tuesday, clearing the way for same-sex marriage in the state.
Reaction to the ruling in the Catholic community was swift and strong.
Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia in a statement called the decision by U.S. District Court Judge John E. Jones III to strike down Pennsylvania's Defense of Marriage Act "a mistake with long-term, negative consequences."
Pope Francis' compassion for the needs of people around the world "and his deep care for the institution of the family" were the inspiration for the theme.
Think Christmas, and many carols come to mind. But think of Holy Week and Easter -- and most draw a musical blank.