A team of religious, civic and business leaders will travel to Rome to plan for the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia next year.
Fr. Robert L. Brennan, a priest of the archdiocese of Philadelphia whose priestly faculties have been suspended since 2005, was arrested Thursday in Maryland on charges of sexually abusing a northeast Philadelphia boy between 1998 and 2001.
Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams made the announcement at a news conference in Philadelphia the same day.
The archdiocese of Philadelphia intends to market six nursing homes and one assisted-living facility to help achieve financial stability.
Almost 1,000 members of the Knights of Peter Claver and Ladies Auxiliary filled Philadelphia's grand Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul on Sunday for an opening Mass of thanksgiving as part of their annual convention, the first to be held in the archdiocese of Philadelphia.
Most other events took place at the Philadelphia Marriott Hotel.
Austrian Fr. Helmut Schüller said the word "disobedience" upsets many people, but he said he feels "the church often misuses obedience to keep people down."
The Pennsylvania Senate passed a bill June 5 that prohibits taxpayer funding of abortions in the federal health care exchanges.
Gov. Tom Corbett has promised to sign the bill, which passed in the state House of Representatives in April.
Corbett announced last December that Pennsylvania would not set up a state health exchange under the 2010 health care reform law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Because of that, Pennsylvanians choosing health care as required by the law may choose from the federal exchanges, which include abortion coverage.
A Philadelphia jury on Monday found Dr. Kermit Gosnell guilty of murder in the deaths of three babies born alive during abortions and acquitted him of a fourth similar charge.
Bishop Joseph McFadden awoke at the rectory where he was staying and felt ill. He was taken to a hospital, where he died.
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A Philadelphia judge dismissed three of eight murder charges Tuesday in the trial of Dr. Kermit Gosnell, a Philadelphia abortionist accused of killing babies said to be born alive at his clinic.