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Pope Francis delivers his address at Independence Hall, Sept. 26, 2015.

Full text of Pope Francis' religious liberty address to Hispanics

Sep 26, 2015

Pope Francis met with the Hispanic community and other immigrants at Philadelphia's Independence Hall, where the United States Declaration of... Read more

Pope Francis says Mass for clergy and religious in Philadelphia's Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Sept. 26, 2015.

Pope Francis to priests, religious: It's your job to inspire vocations

Sep 26, 2015

The Church today is called to foster among young people a sense of responsibility and enthusiasm for the Gospel mission,... Read more

   Pope Francis with Archbishop Charles Chaput at the Wednesday general audience in St. Peter's Square on June 24, 2015.

Are Pope Francis and the US bishops split? Don't believe the critics.

Sep 3, 2015

Ahead of the papal visit to the U.S., some critics have painted a narrative pitting Pope Francis against the “conservative”... Read more

Bishop Timothy Senior, rector of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, leads a tree blessing ceremony for the Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, Sept. 1, 2015.

Philadelphia seminary plants, blesses a tree for Pope's day for care of creation

Sep 2, 2015

Responding to Pope Francis' call for Catholics around the world to observe Sept. 1 as a Day of Prayer for... Read more

Vesting of news priests during their Mass of Ordination.

Grassroots discernment program announced as Philly priestly vocations soar

Aug 20, 2015

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is witnessing a lot of exciting things these days: there’s the World Meeting of Families next... Read more

Pope Francis embraces Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, June 24, 2015.

For Archbishop Chaput, Vatican synod, Philly family meeting providentially linked

Jun 25, 2015

By Alan Holdren

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia sees a providential link between September’s World Meeting of Families and October’s Synod on the... Read more

Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadelphia.

'Gay agenda' at the World Meeting of Families? Not at all, Philly Archdiocese says

May 31, 2015

By Hillary Mast

In response to claims that a “gay rights activist” is acting as “gatekeeper” to exhibitors at the upcoming World Meeting... Read more

Archbishop Charles Chaput says Mass in Philadelphia's St. Peter and Paul Cathedral, Sept. 7, 2014.

For Archbishop Chaput, religious liberty means more than you may think

Mar 18, 2015

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia warned Tuesday that the United States will face increasing pressure to abandon its traditionally broad... Read more

Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, enjoys a milkshake at Potbelly Sandwich Shop in Philadelphia, March 9, 2015.

A milkshake for the Pope: One sweet way to support Francis in Philly

Mar 11, 2015

As the City of Brotherly Love prepares to host the next World Meeting of Families – and Pope Francis’ first... Read more

Prepping for media ahead of World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia

Mar 8, 2015

By Mary Farrow

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s visit the United Kingdom in 2010 was supposed to be a disaster. Several people were calling... Read more

Pope Francis meets with Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia at the Vatican on Feb. 6, 2015. Photo courtesy of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Pope Francis hopes to invigorate Philadelphia Church in US visit

Feb 10, 2015

By Ann Schneible

With preparations for the World Meeting of Families well underway, Pope Francis has told Archbishop Charles Chaput he hopes his... Read more

Pope Francis arrives at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, Nov. 25, 2014.

Pope Francis goes to Washington: will Congress listen?

Feb 5, 2015

Pope Francis’ address to a joint session of Congress during his U.S. visit in September will be a “wonderful opportunity,”... Read more

Pope Francis speaks with journalists aboard the plane from Manila to Rome, Jan. 19, 2015.

Pope confirms three US stops in September, no Mexico for now

Jan 19, 2015

By Alan Holdren

During his in-flight press conference from Manila to Rome, Pope Francis confirmed he plans stops in Philadelphia, New York City... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience on Nov. 5, 2014.

Philly archdiocese says Pope's US schedule yet to be finalized

Jan 19, 2015

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia's communications director clarified that Pope Francis' official schedule during his trip to the U.S. in September... Read more

Bishop John McIntyre, an auxiliary bishop of Philadelphia, says Mass for the feast of St. John Neumann, Jan. 5, 2015.

Philly kicks off 2015 celebrating St John Neumann

Jan 7, 2015

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia observed the feast of St. John Neumann on Monday, and celebrated the year that the city... Read more

St. John Paul II, a co-patron of the 2015 World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.

St. John Paul II, Gianna Molla to be World Meeting of Families patrons

Jul 21, 2014

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia announced Sunday that St. John Paul II and St. Gianna Beretta Molla will be patron... Read more

Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, President of the Pontifical Council for the Family, speaks at the Vatican Press Office, March 25, 2014.

World Meeting of Families shows man's destiny is love, official says

Jun 11, 2014

By Carl Bunderson

The president of the Pontifical Council for the Family urged the U.S. bishops to help share the message that the... Read more

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia speaking at the Vatican, March 25, 2014.

Philadelphia archdiocese files suit against HHS mandate

Jun 3, 2014

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia and its affiliated entities filed a lawsuit June 2 challenging federal mandates that require employers to... Read more

Philly Catholics join 'Mass Mob' trend to support churches

Mar 16, 2014

By Kevin J. Jones

Catholics in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia have planned their first “Mass Mob” in the north of the city, seeking to... Read more

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia speaking at a conference in Mexico City, Nov. 16, 2013.

Archbishop Chaput confident of papal visit to Philadelphia

Mar 7, 2014

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia has said he has “great confidence” that Pope Francis will attend the World Meeting of... Read more