May 2, 2014

Archbishop Chaput’s Weekly Column: The Cornerstone Of A Liveable World

In his great encyclical, Populorum Progressio, Pope Paul VI described the “natural family” – the permanent union of one man and one woman — as the key to real human development and the basis of all human community. Every neighborhood, city and nation begins with the family. It’s the seed from which all larger communities […]

April 22, 2014

Archbishop Chaput’s Weekly Column: Remembering Two Men, Two Popes, Two Great Saints

In just a few days – April 27, Divine Mercy Sunday – Pope Francis will canonize two of the greatest religious leaders in many decades: Blessed Pope John XXIII and Blessed Pope John Paul II. It’s a good moment to pause and reflect on each. Elected in October 1958 at the age of 77, Pope […]

April 16, 2014

Archbishop Chaput’s Weekly Column: A Message For Easter 2014

Dear friends in Jesus Christ, For Christians, Holy Week is the most sacred time of year. It’s a time to reflect on what the “good news” of Jesus Christ really means. C.S. Lewis once wrote that “Christianity is a thing of unspeakable joy. But it begins not in joy, but in wretchedness, and it does […]

April 14, 2014

Letter Of Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. To The Jewish Community At Passover

Together with the clergy and people of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, I want to extend to the local Jewish community our prayerful best wishes during this year’s observance of Passover. Passover is, of course, the great feast that marks the liberation of the Chosen People from slavery. In remembering this miracle, the celebrations relating to […]

April 11, 2014

Archbishop Chaput’s Weekly Column: Holy Week And The Gift Of Priesthood

Holy Week is the most sacred time of the Christian year. And on every Holy Thursday, priests of the archdiocese gather at the annual Chrism Mass to renew their fraternal bonds and the meaning of their vocation. The readings of the Chrism Mass have a special beauty and power, and they deserve the attention of […]

April 2, 2014

Archbishop Chaput’s Weekly Column: A Gathering That Needs Our Support

This week’s column is brief. But the subject matter warrants all our attention. Again this June, our nation’s bishops have asked Catholics across the country to observe a “Fortnight for Freedom.” The theme this year is “Freedom to Serve.” It highlights the many Catholic social and charitable ministries that serve the poor, the homeless and […]

March 21, 2014

Archbishop Chaput’s Weekly Column: Lent And The Road Less Traveled

What Francis of Assisi and every other great saint discovered in their time is that we become who we really are — we experience life most vividly — when we allow Jesus Christ to transform and work through us. Each of us as disciples receives a call to share in God’s power to give life. […]

March 7, 2014

Archbishop Chaput’s Weekly Column: Come To Philadelphia: An Invitation To The World’s Families For 2015

Here’s a simple fact: The dignity of the human person is what all Catholic teaching seeks to advance. But what sets the Christian faith apart from every other revolutionary movement for justice is the rejection of violence and the affirmation of the power of love. Real love — love that involves a complete surrender of […]

February 27, 2014

Archbishop Chaput’s Weekly Column: Three Simple Questions On The Threshhold Of Lent

Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, falls on March 5 this year. Lived well, Lent can convert the heart and transform a person’s life. That’s the whole point of the season – to ready us for the miracle of Easter. But self-examination, repentance and reconciliation are rarely painless; they can sound a lot easier in […]

February 20, 2014

Archbishop Chaput’s Weekly Column: Blessed John XXIII And The Meaning Of Peace

Catholic or not, many of us remember Blessed Pope John XXIII with special affection — a man who committed himself to world peace and international justice. With his canonization just two months away, it’s a good moment to consider his legacy. In talking about peace, John always began with the rights of the individual human […]