Statements and Weekly Columns of Archbishop Chaput
Statement of Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. on the Death of Cardinal Francis E. George, OMI Archbishop Emeritus of Chicago
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.
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”).
A principios de este mes, en la vigilia del Domingo de la Misericordia Divina, el papa Francisco emitió un decreto especial anunciando el Jubileo Extraordinario de la Misericordia que comenzará el 8 de diciembre. El Domingo de la Misericordia Divina –el primer domingo, cada año, después de Pascua– fue instituido en el año 2000 por […]
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.”
La vida moderna es complicada. A veces estamos tentados a creer que un individuo no puede realmente cambiar las cosas, pero esto no es cierto. Como ha dicho el papa Francisco, buena gente de cualquier religión puede marcar la diferencia al tomar un papel activo en la plaza pública y «ofrecer lo mejor de sí […]
Dear friends in Christ,
For Christians, Holy Week is the most sacred time of year. It’s a time to reflect on what the “good news” of the Gospel really means.
Queridos amigos en Cristo: Para los cristianos, la Semana Santa es el tiempo más sagrado del año. Es un tiempo para reflexionar sobre lo que realmente significa la «buena nueva» del Evangelio. La alegría de la vida cristiana comienza en Navidad, pero da sus frutos en el otro lado del Calvario. No importa lo inteligente […]
A bishop makes many friends over the years, and two of mine are Martha and Bill Beckman.
Bill worked for a time as my director of catechesis and evangelization when I was Archbishop of
Denver. Later he served as my staff theologian. Later still he and Martha entered the
Neocatechumenal Way, and today Bill serves as director of catechesis and evangelization for the
Archdiocese of Omaha.
On behalf of the clergy and people of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, I want to take this occasion to extend to the local Jewish community our prayerful best wishes as you observe Passover.
This past weekend, March 21-22, many of our parishes included a letter from me that was read during Mass. It highlighted some of the needs we face in preparing for the World Meeting of Families (WMOF) this September. We have exactly – and only – six months left before the event. The pace of getting ready to welcome visitors from around the globe and Pope Francis himself is speeding up quickly.