Press Releases

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. To Bless And Dedicate Pennsylvania’s First Homeless Jesus Statue At Saint John’s Hospice

July 27th, 2017

Archbishop Chares J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. will preside over the blessing and dedication of Pennsylvania’s first Homeless Jesus statue at Saint John’s Hospice, a ministry of Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Catholic Social Services’ To Host Seventh Annual Out-Of-School Time Picnic For 650 Children And Youth

July 19th, 2017

Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will host its seventh annual picnic for approximately 650 children and youth from 10 Out-of-School Time Programs.

Archbishop Chaput’s Weekly Column: A Word About Useful Tools

July 18th, 2017

History is full of great quotations that people never said.  One of the best lines comes from Vladimir Lenin.  He described Russian progressives, social democrats, and other fellow travelers as “useful idiots” – naïve allies in revolution whom the Bolsheviks promptly crushed when they took power.  Or so the legend goes. 

Catholic Relief Services To Hold Spiritual Ceremony For Parish Ambassadors Traveling To Africa

July 12th, 2017

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) will hold a Commissioning and Send off Ceremony for three parish ambassadors; Ms. Norma Yabut, Ms. Lois Heist, and Mr. Levi Keene who will be traveling to Burkina Faso, Africa, for a ten day delegation trip.

Statement of Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. On The Appointment Of Most Reverend Nelson J. Perez As The 11th Bishop Of The Diocese Of Cleveland

July 11th, 2017

His wide-ranging pastoral and administrative experience among diverse communities makes him well prepared to shepherd a diocese of his own. I’m confident that Bishop Perez will carry on the work of his predecessors with great energy, compassion, zeal, and fidelity.

Archbishop Chaput’s Column: A Letter To The Romans

July 6th, 2017

Christians are always, in a sense, outsiders. We have the joy and privilege to be a leaven for good in society. That’s an exhilarating vocation. It means working for as much justice and virtue in human affairs as we can. We have a special obligation to serve the weak and the poor, and to treat even those who hate us with love. But while we’re in the world and for the world, we’re never finally of the world. And we need to understand what that means.