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Cardinali Rigali celebrates Mass on Holy Thursday in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia’s Roman Catholic Community Marks Holy Thursday Amid Backdrop of Sexual Abuse Scandal

The Catholic Church in Philadelphia began marking the holiest week on the Christian calendar on Thursday, under the cloud of the priest sexual abuse scandal.


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Philly Archdiocese Puts 2 Retired Priests On Leave

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia placed two retired priests on administrative leave Wednesday, bringing to 23 the number of priests suspended following a scathing grand jury report on allegations of child sex abuse.


(Cardinal Justin Rigali conducts an Ash Wednesday mass in 2011.  Image from Archdiocese of Phila. TV)

Philadelphia Archdiocese Priests Vent Frustrations With Cardinal Justin Rigali

Priests who have spoken with Eyewitness News are increasingly frustrated with the way they say the church hierarchy is dealing with the child sex abuse scandal.


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St. Patrick’s Day Parade Mass Held In Center City

Cardinal Rigali presided over the St. Patrick’s Parade mass and he emphasized the many contributions of St. Patrick to the Irish people and the world.


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Revisiting 2005 Grand Jury Report That Uncovered Patterns Of Sex Abuse

Cardinal Justin Rigali led a penance service at the Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul, ending a week where 21 priests — under investigation for abuse, were placed on administrative leave.


(Cardinal Justin Rigali conducts an Ash Wednesday mass in 2011.  Image from Archdiocese of Phila. TV)

Cardinal Rigali Tells Parishioners, ‘Protection Of Children Is Paramount’

The spiritual leader of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia addressed the grand jury report on priest sex abuse and his response to it during his Ash Wednesday mass in center city.


(Father Robert Hoetson was among a handful of protesters outside the Cathedral Basilica of Ss. Peter and Paul on Ash Wednesday as Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, celebrated mass inside.  Photo by KYW's Hadas Kuznits)

Priests Suspended By Philadelphia Archdiocese Identified

As Roman Catholics marked Ash Wednesday, 21 priests suspended by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia a day earlier for alleged sexual abuse claims were identified.


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Priest Sex Abuse Protesters, Outside Philadelphia Cathedral, Demand More From Rigali

Church abuse protesters handed out flyers during Ash Wednesday mass in front of the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, one day after 21 priests were temporarily removed from ministry by the church.



Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Suspends 21 Priests In Renewed Probe Of Sex Abuse Claims

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has announced the suspension from ministry of 21 priests cited by a Philadelphia grand jury report last month as ducking what the panel believed were credible accusations of abuse.



3 Philadelphia Priests Named In DA Report Suspended

The Philadelphia archdiocese has suspended three priests named as alleged child molesters in a scathing grand jury report, and pledged to reopen complaints made against 34 others still on the job.


Plaintiff attorney Marci Hamilton, at a news conference outside City Hall on Monday. Also in the picture are plaintiff's attorney Daniel Monahan and Barbara Blaine, president of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP).  Photo by Mike DeNardo

Lawsuit Charges Sex Abuse Cover Up By Philadelphia Archdiocese

A new civil suit claims a boy was sexually abused by two priests in the 1990s and leaders of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia conspired to cover it up.


Edward Avery, Charles Engelhardt, James Brennan, Bernard Shero, and William Lynn are charged in connection with sex crimes against children.  Photos provided by Phila. DA's office)

Philadelphia DA Charges Priests, Teacher In Sex Abuse Case

Three priests and a Philadelphia Catholic school teacher have been charged with raping and assaulting two young boys over the course of several years. A fifth man, a monsignor, has been charged with child endangerment.


(Busses getting ready to leave early Monday morning from Archbishop Ryan HS / Credit: Jim Melwert, KYW Newsradio)

Many Local Catholics ‘March For Life’ In D.C.

Many Catholics across the region got up bright and early to leave for Washington D.C. Monday morning for the 38th Annual March For Life. The march protests the historic Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion.


(St. Malachy Church, in North Philadelphia.  File photo)

Philly Archdiocese Details Its MLK Day Plans

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia will conduct an interfaith prayer service and send out volunteers to work on community projects for the Martin Luther King holiday this coming Monday.


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Philadelphia Catholics Mark Anniversary Of Haitian Quake

Cardinal Justin Rigali celebrated mass today at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul to express spiritual union with the Haitian community on the eve of the earthquake a year ago.