Hispanic Catholics

Archbishop Perez’s pastoral message on the season of Lent

As they begin the journey to Easter, Archbishop Nelson J. Perez encourages the faithful to keep their eyes "fixed on the outstretched arms of Christ crucified and Christ the merciful."

There’s ‘something about the ashes,’ says Archbishop Perez

Addressing some 2,000 Ash Wednesday Mass attendees at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul, Archbishop Nelson Perez described Lent as "an incredible season of grace and blessing."

Pope names auxiliary bishop for San Diego, three auxiliaries for Newark

Father Ramon Bejarano, a priest of the Diocese of Stockton, and three New Jersey priests were appointed by Pope Francis, as announced in Washington Feb. 27 by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

Pope clears way for beatification of Salvadoran Jesuit, companions

The Vatican announced Feb. 22 that Pope Francis has recognized the martyrdom of Father Rutilio Grande, a close friend of St. Oscar Romero, and two companions who were murdered in 1977 en route to a novena.

Third Hispanic archbishop signals rise of Hispanics in U.S. church

As Catholicism of the 21st century becomes increasingly Hispanic, there is something both powerful and political in the appointment of leaders such as Archbishop Nelson Perez, writes Hosffman Ospino.

Philadelphia’s new archbishop sounds call to ‘welcome the outcast’

Archbishop Nelson J. Perez placed a mark of familiarity on the formality of rites in the Mass that installed him as the new archbishop of Philadelphia Feb. 18 in the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul.

Welcome home, Padre Nelson

Long before Archbishop Nelson Pérez was a bishop, he was simply "Padre Nelson" to the Flores and Negron families, even teaching the kids a few tricks on guitar. They returned the favor on Feb. 18 by playing at his installation Mass for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

New archbishop faces headwinds and hope on immigration

Archbishop Nelson J. Perez will lead an archdiocese where immigrants make up between 10-15% of the population. From local to global levels, migration will remain a key issue for years to come.

Philly’s Latino, Hispanic Catholics welcome one of their own as shepherd

With more than 82,000 registered members from 23 different countries, the archdiocese's Spanish-heritage faithful are eager to reach a new generation while preserving their cultures.

Watch the installation Mass for Archbishop Perez

Our live video of the installation ceremony today, Feb. 18 for Archbishop Nelson J. Perez as the 10th Archbishop of Philadelphia begins at 1:40 p.m. The Mass starts at 2 p.m. -- watch it here and see full coverage immediately following.