Press Releases

Archbishop Chaput’s Weekly Column: Reflecting on the Human Cost of Abuse and Its Prevention

April 29th, 2015

Throughout the weeks of April, our Commonwealth, along with the rest of the country, has been focused on National Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month.

USCCB President Comments On Supreme Court’s Oral Arguments On Marriage

April 28th, 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments April 28, on the constitutionality of states defining and recognizing marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015 Announces Launch of Volunteer Registration for Historic Event

April 27th, 2015

The World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015 today announced that its highly anticipated online volunteer registration is now officially open to the public. With more than 10,000 volunteers needed for the World Meeting

Archbishop Chaput’s Weekly Column Special Edition: Remembering the Suffering of Fellow Christians

April 24th, 2015

On March 5 (http://catholicphilly.com/2015/03/think-tank/archbishop-chaput-column/remembering-a-forgotten-genocide/), I devoted this column space to remembering the mass murder carried out by Turkish authorities against Armenian Christians and other Christian minorities then living in Turkey.

Statement of Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. on the Appointment of Father Edward Malesic as the Bishop of Greensburg

April 24th, 2015

Father Edward Malesic’s appointment as the 5th Bishop of the Diocese of Greensburg is a moment of joy for the Church in Pennsylvania. I’m confident that he will carry on the work of his predecessors with joy and fidelity.

Statement of Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. on the Death of Cardinal Francis E. George, OMI Archbishop Emeritus of Chicago

April 17th, 2015

I was deeply saddened today to learn of the death of Cardinal Francis E. George, Archbishop Emeritus of Chicago.

Cardinal George was a close friend over many years, from the time I was a young bishop in Rapid City. We talked often. He was a constant source of good counsel and encouragement.

Archbishop Chaput’s Weekly Column: Mercy, Marriage and Dante Alighieri

April 17th, 2015

Earlier this month, on the vigil of Divine Mercy Sunday, Pope Francis issued a special decree announcing a Jubilee Year of Mercy to begin on December 8. Divine Mercy Sunday – the first Sunday after Easter each year — was instituted in 2000 by St. John Paul II, who expressed his own profound understanding of mercy in the encyclical Dives in Misericordia (“Rich in Mercy”).

USCCB: Bishop Cantú Urges House Support for International Religious Freedom Act

April 14th, 2015

Violent conflicts in Syria, Iraq, the Holy Land, Libya, Nigeria and Kenya exemplify why Congress should support a bill that would advance international religious freedom, said the bishop who chairs the International Justice and Peace Committee of the U.S. Bishops.

Archbishop Chaput’s Weekly Column: Education as a Matter of Social Justice

April 9th, 2015

Modern life is complicated. Sometimes we’re tempted to believe that an individual can’t really change things, but this isn’t true. As Pope Francis has said, good people of any religion can make a difference by taking an active role in the public square and “offering the best of themselves so that the leader can govern.”

USCCB: Ordination Class Of 2015 Shows Increase In Number Ordained, Reflects Positive Impact Of Support From Families, Catholic Schools, Parish Priests

April 7th, 2015

The 2015 class of men ordained to the priesthood report that they were, on average, about 17 when they first considered a vocation to the priesthood and encouraged to consider a vocation by an average of four people.