Press Releases

Archdiocese of Philadelphia to Kick Off 40th Anniversary of Catholic Relief Services’ Rice Bowl

February 10th, 2015

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia marks the beginning of its 40th consecutive year participating in Catholic Relief Services’ Rice Bowl, a nationwide Lenten faith-in-action program for families and faith communities. Administered by Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Rice Bowl encourages participants to live in solidarity with the poor through prayer, fasting, and alms giving. Bishop John J. McIntyre will preside at this year’s kick-off event.

Archbishop Chaput’s Weekly Column: Ennobling What it Means to be Human, and the Alternative

February 6th, 2015

“Creation is sacred. It has sacramental meaning. It reflects God’s glory. That includes our bodies. Our sexuality has the power to procreate, and shares in the dignity of being created in the image of God. We need to live accordingly.”

Catholic Charities Appeal Partners with Philadelphia 76ers for Catholic Charities Night

February 4th, 2015

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia Catholic Charities Appeal is once again partnering with the Philadelphia 76ers for “Catholic Charities Night” at the Wells Fargo Center. Tickets are on sale now, and prices range from $27 to $42 per ticket. A portion of the proceeds from tickets purchased through a dedicated link will go directly to the appeal.

Archdiocese of Philadelphia Releases Instrument to Engage Local Input in Preparation for 2015 Synod of Bishops

January 29th, 2015

Last year, in preparation for the 2014 Extraordinary Synod of Bishops in Rome, the Holy See invited consultation of the clergy and faithful throughout the world on the theme: The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization.

USCCB: Cardinal O’Malley and Archbishop Wenski Welcome Supreme Court Decision To Review Protocols for Use of Lethal Injection

January 27th, 2015

The chairs of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development and Committee on Pro-life Activities welcomed the U.S. Supreme Court’s January 23 announcement that it would review the drug protocols of lethal injection executions in the state of Oklahoma. The court will consider whether the procedures violate the U.S. Constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

Archdiocesan Schools in the City of Philadelphia Will Be Closed Tomorrow Tuesday, January 27, 2015

January 27th, 2015

Archdiocesan high schools and Catholic elementary schools in the City of Philadelphia will be closed tomorrow, Tuesday, January 27, 2015 due to inclement weather. All Catholic Schools Week activities scheduled for tomorrow are postponed.

Archdiocesan Schools in the City of Philadelphia to Close at Noon Tomorrow Monday, January 26, 2015

January 26th, 2015

Archdiocesan high schools and Catholic elementary schools in the City of Philadelphia will close at noon tomorrow, Monday, January 26, 2015 due to the expected inclement weather.

USCCB: Cardinal O’Malley Welcomes House Passage Of ‘No Taxpayer Funding For Abortion Act’

January 23rd, 2015

USCCB Pro-Life Activities chair says House took ‘decisive step’ toward respect for unborn human life
‘No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion’ policy reflects will of the people, says Cardinal
Disclosure policy lets Americans ‘choose health coverage that reflects their values’

USCCB: February 8 is the First International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking

January 23rd, 2015

The feast day of St. Josephine Bakhita, February 8, has been designated as the first International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking.

USCCB: Cardinal O’Malley Urges Congress to Support the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

January 21st, 2015

Cardinal Seán O’Malley of Boston, chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), urged support for the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act when it comes before the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill, H.R. 36, introduced by Representatives Trent Franks (R-AZ) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), proposes a ban on abortions at 20 weeks after fertilization.