Press Releases

USCCB: Cardinal O’Malley, Archbishop Lori Urge Support for the Health Care Conscience Rights Act

February 20th, 2015

Congress should reaffirm the principle that government “should not force anyone to stop offering or covering much-needed legitimate health care” because of a conscientious objection to abortion or other procedures, said Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley of Boston and Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore.

Ash Wednesday in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia

February 18th, 2015

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. will be the principal celebrant and homilist for Ash Wednesday Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul.


February 17th, 2015

Archdiocesan high schools and Catholic elementary schools in the City of Philadelphia will now be closed today, Tuesday, February 17, 2015 due to inclement weather conditions.

Statement Regarding Reverend Louis J. Kolenkiewicz

February 15th, 2015

Father Louis J. Kolenkiewicz has been placed on administrative leave by Archbishop Chaput in response to concerns regarding his suitability for ministry. These concerns do not involve allegations of illegal or inappropriate contact with a minor, but constitute alleged violations of The Standards of Ministerial Behavior and Boundaries

USCCB: USCCB’s Online Lenten Resources Help Catholics To Raise Up, Sacrifice and Offer

February 13th, 2015

A variety of resources to help Catholics observe Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday, this year February 18, is being provided by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

Archdiocese of Philadelphia Publishes Audited Financial Statements for Additional Entities for the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2014

February 13th, 2015

In late 2014, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia published audited financial statements for The Office for Financial Services, its Pastoral Center entity, as well as other, separate entities for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2014.

Statement of Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. Regarding the Reprieve of Pennsylvania Death Row Occupants

February 13th, 2015

Today Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced a reprieve for all Pennsylvania death row occupants until current commonwealth studies of the death penalty are complete and he has had time to study the data.

Archbishop Chaput’s Weekly Column: On the Threshold of Lent, 2015

February 12th, 2015

The great Catholic writer Georges Bernanos once said that, “the world will be saved only by free men. We must make a world for free men.” He wrote those words nearly 70 years ago in the wake of a terrible world war. He understood from painful experience that man is made for God — and without faith, there can be no real freedom, only distractions and idolatries that eventually consume man himself.

USCCB: USCCB Chairman Gives Strong Support to the State Marriage Defense Act of 2015

February 11th, 2015

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, gave strong support for the State Marriage Defense Act of 2015

USCCB: Border Bishop Urges Congress To Pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform Instead Of Harsh Enforcement Bills

February 11th, 2015

Bishop Gerald Kicanas of Tucson, Arizona, testified on behalf of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Migration before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security, February 11, in opposition to three enforcement-only bills.