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December 19th, 2014

Archbishop wishes all a blessed Christmas

Listen to Archbishop Charles Chaput’s Christmas message.

December 19th, 2014

God always keeps his promises

The fulfillment of God’s promises happens according to his design but that requires our response of loving obedience, writes Msgr. Joseph Prior on the Fourth Sunday of Advent.

December 19th, 2014

Readings of the holy Mass – the Fourth Sunday of Advent

Read or listen to the readings before Mass with the resources below from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, using the New American Bible, Revised Edition.

December 19th, 2014

Archbishop wishes all a blessed Christmas

Listen to Archbishop Charles Chaput’s Christmas message.

December 19th, 2014

Books explore the changing and evolving reality of marriage

In their own way, the authors of three books see the picture of marriage changing not necessarily for the better. They use different lenses to analyze why and to attempt to address the problems they see.

December 19th, 2014

15 archdiocesan entities report on finances

Following the release of audited financial statements for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s Office for Financial Services in November, the archdiocese today released similar information for 15 more church organizations.

December 19th, 2014

Christmas decorations inspire everyone, even nonbelievers, to love

The Nativity scene and Christmas tree “are an invitation to unity, harmony and peace; an invitation to make room — in our personal and social life — for God,” Pope Francis said today, meeting the people who donated the centerpieces of the Vatican Christmas decorations.

December 19th, 2014

When to mark holy days of obligation still leads to confusion

The rules for whether a holy day is obligatory vary greatly, and whether it’s an obligation on a Saturday or Monday confuses many people. Father Ken Doyle tries to clear up the dilemma.

December 19th, 2014

Today’s teaching on the family

See the daily excerpt from the preparatory catechesis for the 2015 World Meeting of Families, “Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive.”

December 18th, 2014

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

All creatures great and small, including some long-dead humans, spring to life when the sun goes down in “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb” (Fox), the third film in the popular franchise.

December 18th, 2014

Christmas concert in North Wales

St. Rose of Lima Church will host the “Christmas Joy!” concert featuring the Valley Forge Chorale and guest artists on Saturday, Dec. 20 at 7:30 p.m.

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Our Lady of Guadalupe’s feast is time for outpouring of love

The love of Catholics for the Blessed Mother flowed out from their homes, unto the streets of Philadelphia and into the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul on Thursday night, Dec. 11 — see 16 images in our photo gallery.

  • Men and women carried large displays honoring Mary, some with painted images and flowers, some with statues and brightly colored decorations.Men and women carried large displays honoring Mary, some with painted images and flowers, some with statues and brightly colored decorations.
  • Walkers in the procession carry the flag of their homeland, Mexico, and the flag of their new home, the United States of America.Walkers in the procession carry the flag of their homeland, Mexico, and the flag of their new home, the United States of America.
  • The faithful of Visitation B.V.M. Parish in the city's Kensington section carry a banner as they proceed to the cathedral.The faithful of Visitation B.V.M. Parish in the city's Kensington section carry a banner as they proceed to the cathedral.
  • The mariachi band serenades Mary at the shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in las Mananitas, the procession and ritual preceding the Mass at the cathedral.The mariachi band serenades Mary at the shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in las Mananitas, the procession and ritual preceding the Mass at the cathedral.
  • The huge procession makes its way to the front of the cathedral on 18th Street.The huge procession makes its way to the front of the cathedral on 18th Street.
  • Children carry a statue of the Blessed Mother in procession.Children carry a statue of the Blessed Mother in procession.
  • Typically at the Mass, children dress in traditional Mexican attire and also as St. Juan Diego.Typically at the Mass, children dress in traditional Mexican attire and also as St. Juan Diego.
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  • People with cameras of all kinds wanted to remember the images of Our Lady in the cathedral.People with cameras of all kinds wanted to remember the images of Our Lady in the cathedral.
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  • Members of el Mariachi Flores, a mariachi band, provide music in the cathedral.Members of el Mariachi Flores, a mariachi band, provide music in the cathedral.
  • St. Juan Diego, who witnessed apparitions of Our Lady of Guadalupe in 1531 and revealed her to Mexican church authorities, was also honored in the procession.St. Juan Diego, who witnessed apparitions of Our Lady of Guadalupe in 1531 and revealed her to Mexican church authorities, was also honored in the procession.
  • Archbishop Chaput blesses the cathedral's shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe, decorated by the faithful for the occasion of the feast day.Archbishop Chaput blesses the cathedral's shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe, decorated by the faithful for the occasion of the feast day.
  • Archbishop Chaput processes up the center aisles of the packed cathedral at the start of Mass.Archbishop Chaput processes up the center aisles of the packed cathedral at the start of Mass.
  • Images of Our Lady of Guadalupe brought by people attending the Mass line the altar rail of the cathedral as Archbishop Chaput prays the collect prayer during Mass.Images of Our Lady of Guadalupe brought by people attending the Mass line the altar rail of the cathedral as Archbishop Chaput prays the collect prayer during Mass.