Cardinal Rigali's weekly message: The Word Became Flesh

Pope Benedict’s visit to the Holy Land

By Cardinal Justin Rigali From May 8 to May 15, our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI made a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. His visit was rich in moments of prayer, teaching and exhortation. This week, it seems appropriate that we reflect on some highlights of his Pastoral Journey. A pilgrim of peaceMany of the […]

Priests for the Church of Philadelphia

By Cardinal Justin Rigali This is the traditional weekend for priestly ordinations and First Masses and also a time of year when many of our priests celebrate their anniversaries of ordination. This week, let us reflect on the gift of the priesthood of Jesus Christ. Always a mysteryArchbishop Fulton J. Sheen (1895-1979) spent a great […]

Rejoicing with Mary, Mother of Jesus

By Cardinal Justin Rigali As we begin the month of May, it is appropriate to reflect once again on Mary, Mother of Jesus and our Mother. In this Easter season, let us reflect on her joy. Characteristics of a ChristianWe may say that every person, place or thing has certain characteristics. These are the aspects […]

46th World Day of Prayer for Vocations

Pope Benedict XVI has designated Sunday, May 3, as the 46th World Day of Prayer for Vocations. We join our Holy Father this week in reflecting on this theme. All the baptized are called to give witness to JesusJesus is the perfect witness of the Father. In the Word made Flesh, we see the love […]

The ongoing works of charity of our local Church

By Cardinal Justin Rigali As we begin this year’s Catholic Charities Appeal and as we continue our “Heritage of Faith – Vision of Hope” campaign, it would be helpful for us this week to reflect on both the regular and extraordinary needs connected with serving the faithful in our local Church of Philadelphia. Organization for […]

Continued efforts to protect our young people

By Cardinal Justin Rigali April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. As all levels of our society are called to vigilance, it is appropriate that during this month one of my topics would address the ongoing efforts in our Archdiocese to protect our young people. A brief explanation of our programsMany of you are familiar […]

Recognizing the Creator in Creation

By Cardinal Justin Rigali As the Easter celebration coincides with the season of Spring, we are reminded to see in all Creation the work of a loving Creator and a saving Redeemer. This will be the subject of our reflection this week. The wonder of Creation In the eighth Psalm, we read these words in […]

Pope Benedict’s visit to Africa

By Cardinal Justin Rigali Shortly after the election of Pope John Paul II on October 16, 1978, I had the joy of greeting Cardinal Giovanni Battista Benelli, the Archbishop of Florence, for whom and with whom I had worked in the Vatican’s Secretariat of State. Cardinal Benelli, along with the other Cardinals, was just leaving […]

Bringing Christ to the world

By Cardinal Justin Rigali We know that the Lenten season is also the great period of preparation for the reception of catechumens into the Church. This period of preparation for the reception of Baptism was restored after the Second Vatican Council and we have been celebrating its stages throughout Lent, as we lead up to […]

In the striving for a virtuous life, human weakness is not hypocrisy

By Cardinal Justin Rigali “The Random House Dictionary” defines the word hypocrisy in this manner: “A pretense of having a virtuous character, moral or religious beliefs or principles that one does not really possess.” In our efforts to lead a Christian life and the self-examination that must go along with those efforts, we can be […]