The World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia in 2015 will serve as a forum for debating issues on the agenda for the world Synod of Bishops the following month.
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.
Pope Francis has named an auxiliary bishop of Philadelphia, Bishop Daniel E. Thomas, to head the diocese of Toledo, Ohio.
Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, apostolic nuncio to the United States, publicized the appointment Tuesday.
Born June 11, 1959, and raised in the Philadelphia neighborhood of Manayunk, Thomas, 55, has been an auxiliary bishop in his hometown since 2006. He was ordained for the Philadelphia archdiocese in 1985, after attending the local St. Charles Borromeo Seminary and obtaining his licentiate in sacred theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University.
Bishop Rogelio Livieres Plano says Pope Benedict XVI vouched for a priest accused of sexual misconduct days before he became pope.
A delegation is being sent by the Vatican to Paraguay to investigate a priest accused of sex abuse in Pennsylvania.
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 Diocese of Greensburg, Pa., and Bishop Lawrence E. Brandt have filed suit against the federal requirement that most employers cover contraceptives in their employee health plans.
Prayerfully and joyously welcomed into St. Patrick Cathedral for his installation Mass as the 11th bishop of the diocese of Harrisburg on Wednesday, Bishop Ronald Gainer held up St. Joseph -- whose feast the church celebrated that day -- as "a challenging example" for the members of the church.
Speaking of Joseph's designation as a "just man," Gainer said the description of the saint goes far beyond his decision to take Mary into his home, as was recounted in the day's Gospel.