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April 17th, 2014

A message for Easter 2014

As Catholics celebrate the Sacred Triduum — the sacramental celebrations of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil — Archbishop Charles Chaput prays that God may grant all the gift of encountering Jesus Christ as savior … in the Eucharist, at the cross and beyond the empty tomb.

April 18th, 2014

Praying the Triduum: Good Friday

A daily meditation courtesy of Creighton Online Ministries.

April 17th, 2014

A message for Easter 2014

As Catholics celebrate the Sacred Triduum — the sacramental celebrations of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil — Archbishop Charles Chaput prays that God may grant all the gift of encountering Jesus Christ as savior … in the Eucharist, at the cross and beyond the empty tomb.

April 17th, 2014

Praying the Triduum: Holy Thursday

A daily meditation courtesy of Creighton Online Ministries.

April 16th, 2014

All are invited to Holy Week liturgies at cathedral

Archbishop Charles Chaput will celebrate liturgies for the Sacred Triduum – Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday – plus Easter Sunday at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul this week.

April 16th, 2014

Healing the moral wounds of our warriors

Once a soldier can kill another person and feel nothing, he wonders, “What is morally right anymore?” An editorial urges national leaders to seriously examine the act of war itself and remember its long-term effects. For combat soldiers, the church offers healing.

April 16th, 2014

Franciscan sister dies at 96, was teacher for 72 years

Sister John Catherine Rohe was one of seven sisters from Baltimore, three of whom became Sisters of St. Francis, along with three of her cousins.

April 16th, 2014

Franciscan priest from Havertown dies in Florida at 64

Father Art Johnson, a Franciscan Friar of the Atonement, died March 26. Ordained in 1977, he served on the Governor’s Advisory Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse in New York State and worked in ecumenism for the Los Angeles Archdiocese, among other assignments.

April 16th, 2014

SS. Philip and James students perform living stations

Eighth graders of the Exton Catholic school performed the 15 Stations of the Cross, accompanied by the school choir singing Lenten hymns.

April 16th, 2014

Devon Prep students, faculty reenact last hours of Christ

Aa group of juniors and seniors and several faculty members helped the school community prepare for Easter by presenting the Living Stations of the Cross on April 13, a dramatization of Jesus’ journey to Calvary leading up to his crucifixion.

April 16th, 2014

How to go to confession

Many churches in the Philadelphia Archdiocese offer the sacrament of penance on Wednesday evenings during Lent. Find a church near you, and brush up on the sacrament with an easy step-by-step guide to making a good confession, from the bishops of Pennsylvania.

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Archbishop celebrates Masses at cathedral for Palm Sunday

Archbishop Charles Chaput celebrated and preached the homily for two Masses on Palm Sunday, April 13, at 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul, Philadelphia.

  • Michael and Adda Cieslak from SS. Phillip and James Parish in Exton sing together during Mass.Michael and Adda Cieslak from SS. Phillip and James Parish in Exton sing together during Mass.
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  • The archbishop and deacons walk up the cathedral's center aisle during the entrance procession for Mass.The archbishop and deacons walk up the cathedral's center aisle during the entrance procession for Mass.
  • The Gospel is proclaimed by a permanent deacon at the Cathedral.The Gospel is proclaimed by a permanent deacon at the Cathedral.
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  • All knee during the proclamation of the passion when Jesus gives up his spirit on the cross.All knee during the proclamation of the passion when Jesus gives up his spirit on the cross.
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  • Michael Justo from St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Philadelphia attended Mass with his family.Michael Justo from St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Philadelphia attended Mass with his family.
  • Baby Lara Kuttab receives the archbishop's blessing after Mass as her mother Nawaf carries her, and some palm.Baby Lara Kuttab receives the archbishop's blessing after Mass as her mother Nawaf carries her, and some palm.
  • Tina Haydu (left) from Infant Jesus Parish in Woodbury, N.J., (Diocese of Camden) selects palm to take home.Tina Haydu (left) from Infant Jesus Parish in Woodbury, N.J., (Diocese of Camden) selects palm to take home.
  • Deldora Husanu from the Cathedral Parish is glad to have her palm.Deldora Husanu from the Cathedral Parish is glad to have her palm.
  • The archbishop blesses palms to be used during Mass and distributed to people afterward.The archbishop blesses palms to be used during Mass and distributed to people afterward.
  • Archbishop Chaput and Msgr. Arthur Rodgers, rector of the cathedral, carry their palms.Archbishop Chaput and Msgr. Arthur Rodgers, rector of the cathedral, carry their palms.