Archbishop Nelson J. Pérez

Archbishop Nelson J. Perez sent a letter April 22 to the Jewish Community on the occasion of Passover, which began Monday evening April 22 and ends Tuesday evening, April 30.


“Dear Friends in the Jewish Faith Community,

Together with the people of the Catholic Church in Philadelphia, I extend peaceful greetings as you celebrate the holy days of Passover.

In a time of turmoil and violence throughout the world, Passover and its promise are more timely than ever. No oppression, in any form, can overcome the love and power of G-d. I pray that you will draw strength in knowing that the same loving G-d who guided Moses continues to guide you now during this time of war, devastation, and suffering in the Holy Land and so many other places.

In the words of Pope Francis, “May the Almighty, who has freed His beloved people from slavery and led them to the Promised Land, accompany you even today with the abundance of His blessings.”

I pray that your commemoration of these Holy Days will bring renewed hope, peace of heart, and a multitude of blessings.”

Most Reverend Nelson J. Pérez, D.D.
Archbishop of Philadelphia