Archbishop Perez's messages

Traditional Latin Mass to continue in archdiocese, for now

Following a new letter from Pope Francis on the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, Archbishop Nelson Pérez said he will grant priests the faculty to continue "using the liturgical books prior to the reform of 1970 until further guidance is forthcoming."

Archbishop Pérez reinstates obligation to attend Sunday Mass

In a new statement July 15, the archbishop joined with the other Catholic bishops of Pennsylvania in setting Sunday, Aug. 15 as the date on which attending Mass will be required of Catholics again, notwithstanding health concerns.

Archbishop Pérez, other Cuban American bishops call for solidarity, prayer, aid to Cuba

Following protests in the Caribbean nation due to a lack of vaccines and poverty, the archbishop and three fellow bishops said July 13 they "join in solidarity with the Cuban people" as they seek "responses to their human rights and needs."

Archbishop Pérez calls for prayers for those affected in condo collapse

The archbishop in a statement asked all in the Philadelphia Archdiocese to "stand in prayerful solidarity" with those who mourn the victims of the building collapse in Florida, and with first responders.

Archbishop: Court’s ruling a ‘clear affirmation of First Amendment rights’

"Today’s decision from our nation’s highest court is a profound one that rings loudly in Philadelphia and reverberates throughout the country," said Archbishop Nelson Perez on the Supreme Court's ruling in favor of the archdiocese and its foster care ministry.

Archbishop launches ‘Nothing Compares to Being There’ initiative

"Now, as the pandemic wanes and restrictions are lifting, I invite all the faithful of the Archdiocese to make their way back to the in-person celebration of the Mass," the archbishop said in a pastoral letter on Pentecost.

Archbishop congratulates newly named bishop of Wilmington

Pope Francis named Msgr. William Koenig, a priest of the Rockville Centre Diocese with whom Archbishop Perez served when he was an auxiliary bishop there, as the next bishop of the Delaware diocese.

After Chauvin trial, Archbishop Pérez calls for hard work on achieving peace

Following the conviction of former police officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd, the archbishop said the struggle to eradicate hatred is ongoing and people must be "open to more difficult conversations."

Archbishop Pérez offers Ramadan greetings to area’s Muslims

In the holy month, the archbishop lauded the friendship of Christians and Muslims that "bears great fruit during a time of anxiety. Together as a united human family, we are people whose hearts are grounded in faith and hope."

At Passover, archbishop prays for hope, vitality for Jewish community

Archbishop Nelson Perez sent a letter of warm greetings on behalf of Philadelphia's Catholics on the occasion of Passover, which begins March 27.