March 20, 2018


Dear Friends, Now that this year’s observance of Passover is approaching, I want to extend to the local Jewish community my prayerful best wishes as you enter into this sacred time. I do so united with all the Catholics of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

March 13, 2018

Statement of Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. on the Occasion of Pope Francis’ 5th Anniversary in Petrine Ministry

I’ve admired and respected his keen focus on service to the poor since we first met as young bishops delegated to the 1997 Special Assembly for the Americas.

February 21, 2018

Statement of Most Reverend Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. Regarding the Death of Reverend Billy Graham

“Billy Graham navigated a century of turbulent conflict and change with the message of the Gospel and a zeal that made him one of the great Christian presences in American history.  His witness to Jesus Christ reached across denominational lines and inspired millions.  May God grant him eternal joy and peace, and may the example […]

February 15, 2018

Statement of Most Reverend Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. Regarding Shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida

“Nineteen years ago I sat with the parents of children murdered in the Columbine High School massacre, and buried some of their dead.  Nothing seems to change, no matter how brutal the cost. 

February 15, 2018

Declaración del Arzobispo Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. en cuanto al tiroteo en la escuela secundaria Marjory Stoneman Douglas en Parkland, Florida

«Hace diecinueve años, que me senté con los padres de niños asesinados en la masacre de Columbine High School y enterré algunos de sus muertos. Nada parece cambiar, no importa el costo brutal. Suceden cosas terribles; se hacen declaraciones piadosas, y la nación regresa a sus propias y absorbentes distracciones. La última masacre en el […]

February 13, 2018

Columna del arzobispo Chaput: Hacia una experiencia más profunda de Cuaresma

La historia es una gran maestra, a veces de maneras inusuales y muy personales.

February 13, 2018

Archbishop Chaput’s Weekly Column: Toward a Deeper Experience of Lent

History is a great teacher, sometimes in unusual and very personal ways.  Here’s an example. Reading the Reichskonkordat (“Reich concordat” with the German state) today, 85 years after its 1933 signing, sparks some interesting thoughts.  Structured as a treaty to govern the relations between the Holy See and German government, the text is remarkably positive.  […]

February 6, 2018

Archbishop Chaput’s Weekly Column: Charity, Clarity, and their Opposite

Nearly everyone trying to understand the current government turmoil in Washington is either (a) pre-committed to one or the other political party’s version of events; or (b) thoroughly confused.  Most of us fall more or less in the second group.  And that means a great many citizens end up feeling powerless, then disgusted, then angry.  […]

February 5, 2018

Statement of Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. Congratulating the Philadelphia Eagles on their Victory in Super Bowl LII

The Eagles are the Cinderella Team, a whole organization of character, courage and refusal to quit.

January 31, 2018

Archbishop Chaput’s Weekly Column: RISE and the Vocation of Christian Men

This week’s column is meant explicitly for the men of our local Church.  I’m talking to you.  C.S. Lewis once described Christianity as a “fighting religion.”  He meant that living the Gospel involves a very real kind of spiritual warfare; a struggle against the evil in ourselves and in the world around us—not with violence, […]