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June 24, 2015

USCCB: Archbishop Wenski Urges Congress to Answer Pope Francis’ Call to Protect Creation and Support Implementation of a National Carbon Standard

The chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, urged Congress to answer Pope Francis’ call to protect creation and oppose legislation and appropriation riders that would reverse efforts to develop a national standard to reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants.

June 24, 2015

Area Black Catholic Parishes to Hold Bible Study and Prayer Service in Solidarity with Emanuel A.M.C. Church in South Carolina

Faithful throughout the Archdiocese of Philadelphia are invited to pray for the victims and the families of Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, South Carolina and to give witness to the right to pray and worship in our churches. On the one week anniversary of the deadly shooting, four parishes will hold bible study and a prayer service. All are welcome to attend.

June 23, 2015

World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015 Announces Andrea Bocelli, Juanes, and The Philadelphia Orchestra, led by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, as the First Confirmed Performers for the Festival of Families

Philadelphia, PA (June 23, 2015) – The World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015 today announced that Andrea Bocelli, the internationally acclaimed Italian tenor with more than 70 million records sold, and Juanes, a multiple Grammy and Latin Grammy winning Colombian superstar, will travel to Philadelphia to perform at the Festival of Families on Saturday, […]

June 22, 2015

USCCB: On World Refugee Day, USCCB Migration Chairman calls upon United States to Protect Syrian and Iraqi Refugees and Displaced

In comments made in conjunction with World Refugee Day, observed June 20, Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, auxiliary bishop of Seattle and chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Migration, called upon U.S. officials to do more to respond to the ongoing refugee crisis in the Middle East stemming from conflict in Syria and Iraq.

June 19, 2015

USCCB: USCCB Chairmen Give Strong Support For The ‘First Amendment Defense Act’

Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, and Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, gave their strong support for the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA), which is a federal non-discrimination act.

June 18, 2015

Statement of Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. Regarding the Tragedy in Charleston, South Carolina

“I am deeply saddened by the mass murder that occurred at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina last evening. All life matters and when life is taken in such a violent way, all people of good will are devastated. The fact that nine people were shot to death as their pastor led Bible Study in their Church led to me to prayer throughout this day.

June 18, 2015

Statement of Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. Regarding Pope Francis’ Encyclical, Laudato Si

“The Holy Father’s new Laudato Si (“Praise be to you, Lord”) encyclical is a deep and complex appeal to conscience, a challenge to all of us to reexamine our stewardship of the environment and our love for the global poor.

June 18, 2015

Declaración del Arzobispo Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. CAP. sobre la encíclica del Papa Francisco, Laudato Si

«La nueva encíclica del Santo Padre Laudato Si (Alabado seas, Señor) es una profunda y compleja apelación a la conciencia, un reto a todos a reexaminar nuestra corresponsabilidad del medio ambiente y nuestro amor por los pobres del mundo.

June 18, 2015

Archbishop Chaput’s Weekly Column: Praise be to you, Lord

The First World War lingers in the memory as humanity’s first encounter with industrialized killing on a mass scale. New weapons of the machine age obliterated forests, villages and fields – an entire way of life. This new type of war also deeply shaped the thinking of men who experienced it firsthand. Among them were J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, two of the greatest Christian writers of the last century.

June 18, 2015

USCCB: Archbishop Kurtz Welcomes Pope Francis’ Encyclical Laudato Si’

With an open heart and gratitude I, along with my brother bishops in the United States, welcome Laudato Si’. In this beautiful and extensive treatment on care for our common home, the Holy Father calls all people to consider our deep and intertwined relationships with God, our brothers and sisters, and the gifts that our Creator has provided for our stewardship.