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Representatives of the diocese recently attended the annual Courage and EnCourage Conference at Villanova University (Pa.). Members of the Courage apostolate are men and women who experience same-sex attraction and who have made a commitment to strive for the virtue of chastity. EnCourage is a ministry within Courage dedicated to the spiritual needs of parents, siblings, grandparents, children and other friends and relatives of persons who have same-sex attractions. True to the teachings of the Church, members of both apostolates support one another through discussion, prayer, and fellowship. Posing after a Mass at the conference, from left: Father David V. Skoblow, diocesan chaplain for EnCourage; Father Philip Bochanski, executive director of Courage; Bishop Michael J. Fitzgerald, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia, and Ed and Jean Lyons, diocesan coordinators of EnCourage. - Father David Skoblow photo


Clergymen look on as Sister Mary Prema Pierick, superior general of the Missionaries of Charity, right, lights a candle at the tomb of St. Teresa of Kolkata on the anniversary of her death, Sept. 5 in Kolkata, India. The Nobel Peace Prize-winning nun and founder of the Missionaries of Charity died in 1997 and was canonized by Pope Francis in 2016. -CNS photo/Rupak De Chowdhuri, Reuters

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