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September 13, 2006


On the Feast of Our Mother of Sorrows, Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, has invited the priests of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to join him and the Auxiliary Bishops to hear accounts from victims of clergy sexual abuse. When Cardinal Rigali asked the priests to join him he said that one of the most significant things he has learned in the past year is the importance of listening to victims who are able to convey the hurt, pain and suffering which is still part of daily life for many of them.

The event will be two-fold. It will begin with the witnessing, which will take place in the auditorium of Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood. Two victims of clergy sexual abuse, and one parent of abuse victims, are scheduled to speak to the clergy. Following the witnessing, at approximately 5:00 p.m., there will be a procession to Saint Martin's Chapel at the Seminary for Evening Prayer.

In addition to those who will speak, other victims and their families have also been invited to attend. Live streaming video of Witness to the Sorrow will be available at to allow parishioners and others who are interested to participate spiritually. The video will also be available on the Archdiocesan web site following the event.

4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Friday, September 15, 2006
Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary
100 East Wynnewood Road
Wynnewood, Montgomery County

Important -- Coverage Guidelines:

The Archdiocese is open to coverage of Witness to the Sorrow but we ask media members to respect the sensitivity of this event. Because of that sensitivity, special coverage arrangements are being made:

Print media: The Associated Press will serve as the pool for story and photos. Please contact AP News Editor Larry Rosenthal at 215-561-1133 for details. Other than The Catholic Standard & Times, no additional reporters/photographers will be permitted but live streaming video will allow reporters to view the event from anywhere.

Electronic media: An audio and video mult-box feed will be provided at the Seminary of both the witnessing and the prayer service. Crews will not be allowed inside the Seminary.

There will be a seating section provided for any invited guests who do not wish to appear on camera. Thank you in advance for your consideration.

Donna Farrell
Director of Communications

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