Press Releases

Archdiocese of Philadelphia Catholic Social Services Breaks Ground for Capital Improvement Projects at Operating Base Cecilia

June 30th, 2015

A groundbreaking ceremony for capital improvement plans was held at Operating Base Cecilia, the headquarters for Archdiocese of Philadelphia Catholic Social Services (CSS) Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program. These plans include a wheelchair lift to the first floor, sloped walkway to the ground floor, shower and laundry facilities, renovated kitchen and dining room, garden project, and an onsite furniture barn.

Statement of Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. Regarding Pope Francis’ Itinerary for Philadelphia

June 30th, 2015

We’ve been eagerly anticipating today’s news from the Vatican today since it was announced last November that Pope Francis would be with us for the World Meeting of Families.

USCCB: Vatican Releases Schedule of Pope Francis’ Visit to the United States; Archbishop Kurtz Voices ‘Joy and Gratitude’ of U.S. Catholics

June 30th, 2015

Pope Francis’ apostolic journey to the United States is “a source of joy and gratitude,” said the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in response to the release of the full visit schedule by the Vatican, June 30

Pope Francis’ Itinerary for Historic Visit to Philadelphia Officially Released by the Vatican

June 30th, 2015

Today, the Vatican released the comprehensive itinerary for Pope Francis’ journey to the United States, including his schedule for Philadelphia on September 26-27, which will close the 6-day Apostolic Journey.

The Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Launches Latino Papal Fund to Raise Contributions for the World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015

June 29th, 2015

The Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GPHCC), in collaboration with Philadelphia Latino business, civic and religious leaders, today announced the official launch of its new initiative entitled the Latino Papal Fund, a mobile giving platform and donation website to raise contributions for the World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015.

USCCB: Supreme Court Decision On Marriage “A Tragic Error” Says President Of Catholic Bishops’ Conference

June 26th, 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court decision, June 26, interpreting the U.S. Constitution to require all states to license and recognize same-sex “marriage” “is a tragic error that harms the common good and most vulnerable among us,” said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

Statement of Archbishop Charles J. Chaput O.F.M. Cap. Regarding Supreme Court Ruling on Same Sex Marriage

June 26th, 2015

The Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision on marriage is not a surprise. The surprise will come as ordinary people begin to experience, firsthand and painfully, the impact of today’s action on everything they thought they knew about marriage, family life, our laws and our social institutions.

With Papal Visit Approaching, Philadelphia Steps onto the World Stage as a Premier International Destination

June 25th, 2015

The United States Embassy to the Holy See with the City of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB), VISIT PHILADELPHIA® and the World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015 yesterday co-hosted a luncheon for international journalists highlighting Philadelphia, PA – host city for the Eighth World Meeting of Families- as a premier destination for international conventions and tourists from around the world.

World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015 Provides Comprehensive Progress & Planning Update to the Pontifical Council for the Family at La Sala Stampa

June 25th, 2015

The World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015 today provided a comprehensive update regarding the World Meeting of Families Congress (September 22-25) including an overview of current registration figures, volunteer engagement status as well as transportation and housing options for the global event. These updates were shared during a news conference at La Sala Stampa (The Vatican Press Office) in Rome, Italy, at which Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, President of the Pontifical Council for the Family, and Auxiliary Bishop John J. McIntyre presented.

Secondary School System and Association of Catholic Teachers Reach New Labor-Management Agreement

June 24th, 2015

The Secondary School System of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the Association of Catholic Teachers are happy to announce that a new contract agreement was ratified by the teachers at a General Membership Meeting held on June 24, 2015. The new one-year Agreement takes effect on September 1, 2015 and affects the 625 high school lay teachers in the 17 Archdiocesan high schools.