Press Releases

USCCB: USCCB Chairman Responds to Supreme Court Decision to take Marriage Cases

January 20th, 2015

The U. S. Supreme Court granted a request, January 16, to review the November 2014 decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit upholding the constitutionality of marriage laws in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee.

Confirmation Schedule – Spring 2015

January 17th, 2015

January 13, 2015 Confirmation Schedule – Spring 2015 (Subject to change)   CELEBRANT: ARCHBISHOP CHARLES J. CHAPUT, O.F.M. CAP.  Friday, March 20 at 6 p.m., Visitation B.V.M., Philadelphia Thursday, March 26 at 6 p.m., St. Joseph, Warrington Thursday, April 9 at 5 p.m., Annunciation B.V.M., Havertown Friday, April 10 at 5 p.m., St. Dennis, Havertown […]

USCCB: Archbishop Kurtz Urges All To Pray, Act for Human Dignity in Message for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 16th, 2015

Communities should strive to live the words of Martin Luther King Jr., to move “from the quicksand of racial injustice to the solid rock of human dignity,” said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, in a message for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which falls on January 19.

USCCB: Bishops’ Conferences Call Human Dignity Basis for Peace in the Holy Land

January 15th, 2015

The path to peace in the Holy Land requires respect for the human rights and dignity of both Israelis and Palestinians, said bishops from Europe, South Africa and North America, gathered in the Holy Land to pray for peace, January 15. The Co-Ordination of Episcopal Conference in Support of the Church of the Holy Land has met every January since 1998 to pray and act in solidarity with the Christian community in the Holy Land.

Archbishop Chaput’s Weekly Column: Martin Luther King Day 2015

January 14th, 2015

More than 50 years have passed since Martin Luther King Jr. stepped into America’s racial divide of the 1950s and 1960s. Although that divide has eased in some important ways, recent events show that much remains to be done. This month’s observance of Martin Luther King Day, January 19, therefore comes at a key moment. We should take advantage of it by reflecting on why King’s efforts to fight racial injustice bore such good fruit, and what his witness means for the United States today. It’s a moment for those of us who are Christians to reexamine our own lives in light of the Gospel, and to ground ourselves again in the same Word of God that gave Martin Luther King the courage and perseverance to seek healing where sin had wrought racial conflict.

Columna del Arzobispo Chaput: Día de Martin Luther King 2015

January 14th, 2015

Más de 50 años han pasado desde que Martin Luther King Jr. entró en la división racial de Estados Unidos de las décadas de 1950 y 1960. Aunque esa brecha ha disminuido en algunos aspectos importantes, los acontecimientos recientes demuestran que aún queda mucho por hacer. La celebración de este mes del Día de Martin […]

Archbishop Chaput to Celebrate Mass at Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility

January 12th, 2015

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. will celebrate Mass for the inmates and staff at the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility (CFCF) in Philadelphia. Media are invited to cover the Mass.

Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary to Host Second Annual John Cardinal Foley Lecture

January 12th, 2015

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia and Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary are pleased to host the second annual John Cardinal Foley Lecture Series, honoring Cardinal Foley’s work in the media by featuring speakers of national or international renown who are engaged in evangelization through social communications.

Archdiocese of Philadelphia and World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015, Celebrate the Feast Day of St. John Neumann with Mayor Michael A. Nutter

January 5th, 2015

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015 today celebrated the Feast of St. John Neumann at the National Shrine in North Philadelphia with Mayor Michael A. Nutter and Bishop John J. McIntyre, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. With a celebratory Mass and the official blessing of the Shrine’ new atrium and time capsule, today’s event marked the completion of this landmark project for the historic shrine while also marking the beginning of the year in which the Archdiocese and the City of Philadelphia will welcome Pope Francis for the World Meeting of Families in September 2015.

USCCB: Catholic Schools Week To Be Observed In Dioceses Across The Country, January 25-31

January 5th, 2015

National Catholic Schools Week 2015 will be observed in dioceses around the country January 25–31. This year’s theme, “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service,” focuses on the important academic, faith-building and societal contributions provided by a Catholic education.