Phili Priests on Administrative Leave, Lourdes Miracle, and New Catholic Magazine News Report: March 31, 2011.
by Rosalia Tenorio | Source:

Archdiocese of Philadelphia Places Two Retired Priests on Administrative Leave

PHILADELPHIA—Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia has placed two retired priests on administrative leave. This action is a result of the continuing dialogue with the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office following the Grand Jury Report issued February 10, 2011.

In its ongoing response to concerns raised by the District Attorney's Office, the Archdiocese conducted an initial review which resulted in the administrative leave of the two priests pending a more thorough, independent investigation. These steps are interim measures and are not in any way final determinations or judgments.

Both of the priests placed on administrative leave today are retired and live in private residences. One retired in 2005 and due to health reasons is not currently serving in any public ministry. The other priest retired in 2006 and has assisted at parishes in another diocese. The Bishop of the Diocese where he resides has been informed.

Bishop Endorses Healing Attributed to Our Lady of Lourdes

PARIS— Bishop Emmanuel Delmas of Angers, France approved as authentic the healing of a man at the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes.

Serge Francois, 56, lost almost all mobility in his left leg after complications from two operations. He made a pilgrimage to the shrine on April 13, 2002 to pray for healing. The healing took place after Francois had finished praying at the grotto and went to the miraculous spring to drink the water and wash his face.

A medical commission began investigations on the reported healing in 2003. Francois made a 975-mile pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, Spain in thanksgiving for his recovery.

Archdiocese to Launch Magazine

PHILADELPHIA—The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is preparing to launch a monthly magazine, “Phaith,” to be distributed at no charge to about 350,000 households starting this fall.

The archdiocese estimates that only about 30 percent of local Catholics attend Sunday Mass and receive the sacraments regularly. The magazine's mission is to engage marginal and uninvolved Catholics and attract families to deeper examination of their relationship with Jesus.

The archdiocese’s weekly paper, “The Catholic Standard,” will become a monthly.

In 1895, with the merger of two diocesan newspapers --  “The Catholic Standard” and “The Catholic Times” --  the archdiocesan weekly newspaper was delivered to more than 100,000 homes. Today, with paid circulation, the paper reaches about 31,000 homes, just 7 percent of the archdiocese’s households.

The Standard will continue to offer news of the archdiocese. But with publication coming only monthly, the archdiocese will use its website -- -- as primary outlet for breaking news.

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