Five years a pope: Francis' focus has been on outreach

"Evangelizing presupposes a desire in the church to come out of herself," he had told the cardinals just days before the conclave that elected him. "The church is called to come out of herself and to go to the peripheries, not only geographically, but also the existential peripheries: the mystery of sin, of pain, of injustice, of ignorance and indifference to religion, of intellectual currents and of all misery."

Diocesan CYO Basketball Championship

St. Joseph the Worker high school boys, St. Thomas More teams score top finishes.

Catholic Charities Gala ‘Transforming Lives’ of Those in Need

A festive evening of faith, fellowship and fun garnered $240,000 to help those in need, as 451 faithful, the second highest attendance in the gala’s history, gathered for the 11th Annual Catholic Charities Gala March 4 at DeSales University, Center Valley.

Mercy School Named First Special Learning Global High School

“We can all offer someone a snack every day. We can offer people a snack of friendship, a snack of love and a snack of helping one another,” said Thomas Awiapo who visited the school Feb. 21 to meet with high school students who will represent the first school for special learning to contribute to the mission of Catholic Relief Services.

‘Faith and Spirits’ Ponders Evidence Authenticating Shroud of Turin

“The Shroud of Turin always intrigued me. During Lent it is a great time to reflect on the Lord. In looking at the shroud, we are remembering Christ’s passion and living it in our hearts,” said Sister Rose Mulligan, vocations director for the Sisters, Servants of Immaculate Heart of Mary, Immaculata at “Faith and Spirits.”

Notre Dame of Bethlehem Supports Parishioner in Search for Kidney Donor

By TAMI QUIGLEY Staff writer

Scott Bedics was the picture of health until one day in June 2016 when he passed out at home, was rushed to the hospital and diagnosed to be in the end stage of kidney failure.

Bishop Waltersheid Keynotes Day of Sanctification for Priests at DeSales

“Jesus preached from the cross, the greatest pulpit of all,” Bishop Waltersheid said.

Operation Rice Bowl Continues Lenten Tradition of Giving

“The people of the Diocese of Allentown each year generously, lovingly and unselfishly give their all to Christ so that they may give Christ to all.”

Catholics urged to appeal to lawmakers in Congress to save DACA

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops announced a "National Catholic Call-In Day to Protect Dreamers" Feb. 26. The prelates urged Catholics, as a Lenten Action, to contact their senators and representatives urging them to vote for a bipartisan measure to preserve DACA.

Rite of Election Calls 96 Catechumens to the Church

"We are blessed because the Lord founded the Church and is calling you to be part of it. We embrace you and thank God for calling you,” said Bishop of Allentown Alfred Schlert to 96 catechumens during the Rite of Election.