Press Releases

Statement of Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. Regarding the Reprieve of Pennsylvania Death Row Occupants

February 13th, 2015

Today Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced a reprieve for all Pennsylvania death row occupants until current commonwealth studies of the death penalty are complete and he has had time to study the data.

Archbishop Chaput’s Weekly Column: On the Threshold of Lent, 2015

February 12th, 2015

The great Catholic writer Georges Bernanos once said that, “the world will be saved only by free men. We must make a world for free men.” He wrote those words nearly 70 years ago in the wake of a terrible world war. He understood from painful experience that man is made for God — and without faith, there can be no real freedom, only distractions and idolatries that eventually consume man himself.

USCCB: USCCB Chairman Gives Strong Support to the State Marriage Defense Act of 2015

February 11th, 2015

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, gave strong support for the State Marriage Defense Act of 2015

USCCB: Border Bishop Urges Congress To Pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform Instead Of Harsh Enforcement Bills

February 11th, 2015

Bishop Gerald Kicanas of Tucson, Arizona, testified on behalf of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Migration before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security, February 11, in opposition to three enforcement-only bills.

Archdiocese of Philadelphia to Kick Off 40th Anniversary of Catholic Relief Services’ Rice Bowl

February 10th, 2015

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia marks the beginning of its 40th consecutive year participating in Catholic Relief Services’ Rice Bowl, a nationwide Lenten faith-in-action program for families and faith communities. Administered by Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Rice Bowl encourages participants to live in solidarity with the poor through prayer, fasting, and alms giving. Bishop John J. McIntyre will preside at this year’s kick-off event.

Archbishop Chaput’s Weekly Column: Ennobling What it Means to be Human, and the Alternative

February 6th, 2015

“Creation is sacred. It has sacramental meaning. It reflects God’s glory. That includes our bodies. Our sexuality has the power to procreate, and shares in the dignity of being created in the image of God. We need to live accordingly.”

Catholic Charities Appeal Partners with Philadelphia 76ers for Catholic Charities Night

February 4th, 2015

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia Catholic Charities Appeal is once again partnering with the Philadelphia 76ers for “Catholic Charities Night” at the Wells Fargo Center. Tickets are on sale now, and prices range from $27 to $42 per ticket. A portion of the proceeds from tickets purchased through a dedicated link will go directly to the appeal.

Archdiocese of Philadelphia Releases Instrument to Engage Local Input in Preparation for 2015 Synod of Bishops

January 29th, 2015

Last year, in preparation for the 2014 Extraordinary Synod of Bishops in Rome, the Holy See invited consultation of the clergy and faithful throughout the world on the theme: The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization.

USCCB: Cardinal O’Malley and Archbishop Wenski Welcome Supreme Court Decision To Review Protocols for Use of Lethal Injection

January 27th, 2015

The chairs of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development and Committee on Pro-life Activities welcomed the U.S. Supreme Court’s January 23 announcement that it would review the drug protocols of lethal injection executions in the state of Oklahoma. The court will consider whether the procedures violate the U.S. Constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

Archdiocesan Schools in the City of Philadelphia Will Be Closed Tomorrow Tuesday, January 27, 2015

January 27th, 2015

Archdiocesan high schools and Catholic elementary schools in the City of Philadelphia will be closed tomorrow, Tuesday, January 27, 2015 due to inclement weather. All Catholic Schools Week activities scheduled for tomorrow are postponed.