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June 20, 2006


Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will be the celebrant and homilist of a Holy Hour for comprehensive Immigration Reform.

Sunday, June 25, 2006
3:00 p.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Cardinal Rigali is encouraging the faithful of the Archdiocese to join him in an hour of prayer so that legislators will enact practical immigration reforms that respect human dignity, family life and human labor.

Cardinal Rigali has spoken previously on the topic of immigration reform:
January 9, 2006 - Cardinal Rigali issued statement.
February 14, 2006 - Cardinal Rigali joined other religious leaders in an interfaith press conference.
May 1, 2006 - Cardinal Rigali celebrated Mass for Immigration Reform as part of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) plan for Justice for Immigrants.

You can find information on the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's position on immigration reform by visiting, You may also visit for details on the Catholic initiative for immigration reform.

Editor's Note: An audio and video mult-box feed will be provided in the parking lot of the Cathedral. Please enter on 17th Street, between Race and Vine Streets. Crews will need a bnc connector and a recording deck or a live truck. Television cameras will not be permitted in the Cathedral. Reporters and still photographers will be permitted in the Cathedral.

Cardinal Rigali will be saying a special Mass earlier in the day at 11:00 a.m. for the 25th Anniversary of Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) at the Liacouras Center, 1776 North Broad Street. The event is free and open to the public. Media are welcome.

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Donna Farrell
Director of Communications

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