Press Releases

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

April 22nd, 2014

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 […]

Office For Child And Youth Protection Plants Pinwheel Garden For National Child Abuse Prevention Month

April 16th, 2014

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia Office for Child and Youth Protection (OCYP) planted approximately 180 pinwheels in front of the Archdiocesan Pastoral Center as part of a national effort to commemorate National Child Abuse Prevention month. The pinwheels will remain in place through the end of April. The nationwide Pinwheels for Prevention Campaign was conceived by […]

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

April 16th, 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 […]

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

April 14th, 2014

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 […]

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

April 11th, 2014

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 […]

Archbishop Chaput To Celebrate Annual Mass For Persons With Disabilities

April 10th, 2014

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. will be the principal celebrant and homilist at the annual Mass for Persons with Disabilities. The Eucharistic liturgy is sponsored by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Office for Persons with Disabilities and the Deaf Apostolate, which recognizes the needs and gifts of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and facilitates […]

Holy Week And Easter Masses At The Cathedral Basilica Of Saints Peter And Paul

April 8th, 2014

PALM SUNDAY OF THE PASSION OF THE LORD – April 13th, 11:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. will be the principal celebrant and homilist at both Masses. Palm Sunday commemorates Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem and the Proclamation of the Passion. It marks the beginning of Holy Week. Other Masses […]

Share A Simple Meal With Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl

April 3rd, 2014

Thomas Awiapo, a survivor of bleak poverty and hunger in his village in Ghana, will share his story of perseverance and success over a simple meal at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary. Mr. Awiapo survived with the aid of Catholic Relief Services. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is participating in CRS Rice Bowl for the 39th year […]

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

April 2nd, 2014

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 […]

Saint Laurentius Church Worship Site To Be Closed Immediately For Safety Reasons

March 28th, 2014

The Saint Laurentius Church worship site in the Fishtown section of Philadelphia will be immediately closed until further notice. The building has been examined on multiple occasions over the past several months by an independent engineering firm. An inspection conducted earlier this week led to a recommendation to close the site. This recommendation was accepted […]