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From hospice to hope: Thoughts on Catholic Schools Week 2016

Posted on January 29th, 2016

Archbishop Charles Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.If we assume we’re in decline, we guarantee decline, writes Archbishop Charles Chaput. If we go forward with more audacity, then good things are possible. This is a time to celebrate our schools’ vital mission for the future.


Roe v. Wade at 43

Posted on January 22nd, 2016

Archbishop Charles Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.The anniversary of the legalization of abortion can be, with a lot of hard work, the beginning of a new and better culture that respects the sanctity of human life at every stage, writes Archbishop Charles Chaput.


Telling the truth when we pray

Posted on January 14th, 2016

Archbishop Charles Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.Archbishop Charles Chaput writes on the coming holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who understood how to change the world as a Christian disciple. We too need to live honestly and courageously, or else we’re lying when we pray.


The meaning of Christmas, this year and every year

Posted on December 22nd, 2015

Archbishop Charles Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.In his Christmas letter to the faithful, Archbishop Chaput hopes that everyone might be as astonished as the shepherds were in discovering the infant Jesus. May we journey to Bethlehem in our hearts to see the newborn in the manger as our true Messiah and the beginning of our salvation, and joyfully share him with the world.


Living the last few days of Advent

Posted on December 15th, 2015

Archbishop Charles Chaput As the end of the Advent season approaches, Archbishop Chaput reflects on the true meaning of Christmas and reminds us that Jesus came into this world to deliver us from the evil in ourselves and in the world.


A moment of thanks, and a new Church year

Posted on November 24th, 2015

Archbishop Charles Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.This Thursday (November 26) we celebrate a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and on Sunday, the start of Advent and a new Church year, writes Archbishop Chaput in a letter to all parishes in the Philadelphia Archdiocese. It’s a good time to pause and reflect.


A jubilee year of mercy

Posted on November 20th, 2015

Archbishop Charles Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.Archbishop Charles Chaput offers his thoughts on the upcoming Year of Mercy in the Catholic Church beginning Dec. 8 in an extensive commentary he wrote for the December issue of the magazine First Things.


Truth and the future of marriage

Posted on November 17th, 2015

Archbishop Charles Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.In his weekly column, Archbishop Chaput points to one writer’s sobering discussion of the real victims of redefining marriage and the family: children. Well-intentioned “marriage equality” has serious, damaging consequences for law, personal freedom and social health.


C.S. Lewis with a microphone

Posted on November 11th, 2015

Archbishop Charles Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.Archbishop Charles Chaput writes in his weekly column about Ken Myers, who presents NPR-quality audio interviews with the best authors, artists, scholars and musicians, and who’s also a gifted speaker who leads off the Archbishop’s Lecture Series this Thursday.


As the synod closes, the road ahead

Posted on October 21st, 2015

Archbishop Charles Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.Archbishop Charles Chaput writes from Rome on the close of the Synod of Bishops — with a special message from Pope Francis to the people of the Philadelphia Archdiocese.


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