St. Padre Pio Shrine in New Jersey Video

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Links About Pope Francis 2015 Visit, Visiting the Homeless, and the Potential Ban on Religious Headstones

Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput announced 10,000 volunteers are needed for the Meeting Of Families in Philadelphia

Pope Francis gives “strength and consolation” to the victims of the plane crash in the French Alps

In continuing his work and focus on the homeless, Pope Francis invited 150 homeless men and women into the Sistine Chapel

Pope Francis is invited to the White House during his visit to the United States in September

There is a fight between the Archdiocese of Newark and a New Jersey law to try to ban the selling of religious headstones at cemeteries. 

Ash Wednesday and Lent Rules, Pope Francis’ Lenten Message and the Church Using Social Media to Promote the Faith

Some quick links about Ash Wednesday and season of Lent in the Catholic Church

In the season of Lent, Catholics must abstain form meat on Friday’s and on Ash Wednesday. Some quick service places offer good fish sandwiches or other alternatives.

What are the rules for fasting and abstinence in Lent? 

A big part of the Lenten season is receiving ashes on Ash Wednesday in mass. Why do we wear them? And what is the point? 

Pope Francis’ Lenten Message calls for interior renewal using three biblical citations.

A common complaint about the catholic church is that it doesn’t develop with the times. A common complaint is “they’re still stuck in the 1600’s”. Or “they can’t cater to young adults and stay relevant”. Well, one example f the the church using social media to further it’s cause took place on Wednesday.

Introduction

Hello. With the Pope coming to Philadelphia in September, and a seemingly new topic of conversation in the church coming up week in and week out, what better time to cover the Catholic Church in South Jersey? Pope Francis has challenged each Catholic to serve the poor, and increase their evangelization. Almost weekly it seems like, the first Pope from the new world is saying something remarkable and news making. And here, on this blog, I’ll remark about what he says.

In South Jersey, we have nearly 500,000 registered Catholics in the Diocese of Camden. From what the Pope says, to local news in the diocese, there is always something to report or remark on. Just this week, it was announced that Pope Francis will become the first Pontiff to address Congress on September 24. I’ll take a look at how the details of his visit when they are released in a few months.

The Diocese of Camden is home to a shrine of Padre Pio, who was one of the most beloved saints in modern history. It expands from the tip of Cape May to Burlington County and its hub sits in the heart of Camden, New Jersey. Being able to see what can happen from a local and international standpoint, and how it impacts the local church, a constant flow of information is available weekly.