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Bishop’s Commission on Catholic Schools releases report

“Catholic schools are as important today as they have ever been,” the Bishop’s Commission on Catholic Schools states in its newly-released report, “Forming Minds and Hearts in Grace: A Plan for Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Camden.” The report identifies Catholic Identity as the defining characteristic of the schools...

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The pope praises American religious women

After a week that cannot be described as anything other than unforgettable and the glut of coverage and commentary on a visit that touched and invigorated millions, it remains a difficult task to come up with something original to say in its wake. However, one angle that has not been...

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Isabella woke up wailing, and the popemobile stopped

For Tomás and Regina Bethencourt, babies getting kissed by the pope has been a long-running joke. “The first time I ever saw the pope I said, ‘I need a baby.’ Everybody who has a baby gets a kiss,” Tomás said. That was at World Youth Day in 2005 when Tomás...

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Pilgrims welcomed by Camden Diocese, Catholic Charities

Pilgrims from around the world converged on Philadelphia area recently, drawn by the magnetism of the leader of the church and his message. One particular group of 150 of them arrived in South Jersey on Friday night, Sept. 25. They had travelled 800 miles from Gary, Indiana. They were on...

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For students, an overwhelming experience

Among those in the audience for Pope Francis’ historic liturgy in New York’s Madison Square Garden on Friday, Sept. 25 were 12 students from the Diocese of Camden’s high schools. The youth traveled from their homes to a train station in Hamilton, N.J., and caught transportation to New York’s Penn...

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Note to children: “I went to see the pope”

Marcella Chambers left a note in her kitchen — “I went to see the pope” — in case any of her children stopped by. She didn’t want them to worry about her whereabouts. Of course, had her children or anyone else seen the note, they certainly would have been worried....

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The baby wearing a miter gets the pope’s attention

Anne Hartman, principal of Christ the King School, Haddonfield, took this photo of Pope Francis enjoying the sight of a baby wearing a miter, the tall, pointed ceremonial cap worn as part of liturgical dress by a pope or bishop. She explains: “I was blessed to be in the crowd...

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Bishop Sullivan celebrated Blue Mass on Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, archangels

Bishop Dennis Sullivan celebrated the 14th annual Blue Mass on September 29 at Our Lady of Hope Parish in Blackwood to pray for and honor the dedication and service of law enforcement officers, firefighters, and emergency responders who live and work in the Camden Diocese which includes Atlantic, Camden, Cape May,...

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Diocesan Families Participate in World Meeting of Families Service Project

The World Meeting of Families theme, “Love is Our Mission,” came fully alive in a corner of the Pennsylvania Convention Center last week where thousands of congress-goers participated in the Meeting’s official service project. To the beat of an adrenaline-inducing musical soundtrack, hundreds of volunteers spent an hour at a...

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Parish holds family day of reflection

In the spirit of The World Meeting of Families and in honor of Pope Francis’ visit to The United States, Father Joseph Perreault, pastor, and the members of Parish Council of St. Joseph Church, Sea Isle City, hosted a Day of Reflection in the parish auditorium titled “Love Is Our...

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