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Heroine of charity:
Saint Jeanne Jugan (Sister Mary of the Cross)

Posted on November 5th, 2009

By Cardinal Justin Rigali
Last week, we reflected on the newly canonized Saint Damien of Molokai and his heroic charity towards those afflicted with leprosy. This week, we [...]


Priestly heroes: Saint Damien of Molokai

Posted on October 29th, 2009

By Cardinal Justin Rigali
The recent canonization of Saint Damien of Molokai and Saint Jeanne Jugan (Sister Mary of the Cross) gives us the opportunity to reflect on [...]


Remaining vigilant in the matter of health care

Posted on October 22nd, 2009

By Cardinal Justin Rigali
As the important question of health care remains an issue in our country, it is necessary to continue our vigilance concerning the form it [...]


The challenge of building a culture of life

Posted on October 15th, 2009

Respect Life MonthBy Cardinal Justin Rigali
Editor’s note: This column was written especially for the U.S. Bishops’ materials for Respect Life Month. The Cardinal’s regular column, “The Word [...]


The gift of various cultures

Posted on October 8th, 2009

By Cardinal Justin Rigali
Several of the ethnic groups present in our Archdiocese celebrate their origins during the month of October and this gives us the opportunity to [...]


Thirtieth anniversary of Pope John Paul II’s visit to Philadelphia

Posted on October 1st, 2009

By Cardinal Justin Rigali
From October 1 to October 8, 1979, Pope John Paul II made his first Apostolic Journey to the United States. Since this is the [...]


Our Religious Jubilarians: celebrating fidelity

Posted on September 24th, 2009

By Cardinal Justin Rigali
Our recent celebration of significant jubilees among our women and men religious in the Archdiocese gives [...]


New words: ‘A deeper meaning, but the same Mass’

Posted on September 17th, 2009

This week’s title is taken directly from the web site of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and it concerns the upcoming new translations of the [...]


Parents and teachers: Handing on the faith

Posted on September 10th, 2009

By Cardinal Justin Rigali
As we are surrounded with thoughts of our children and young people returning to school, it gives me the opportunity to reflect on the [...]


The Contemplative Religious Communities of our Archdiocese

Posted on September 3rd, 2009

I am always conscious of the great blessing we have in the contemplative Religious Communities of our Archdiocese. However, since I have, once again, visited several of [...]


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