Archbishop Perez's messages

Archbishop Perez: Defeat racism by ‘active love, light of faith’

Marking Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday Jan. 17, Archbishop Nelson Perez calls everyone to continue Dr. King's work to "champion for the dignity of all God's people."

In wake of tragic house fire, Archbishop Perez offers prayers

"I extend my deep condolences to all those in mourning" the archbishop said in a statement Jan. 5, hours after a fire in Philadelphia's Fairmount section killed 12 people, including eight children.

Archbishop Perez sends a Christmas greeting

Archbishop Nelson Perez offers an inspiring audio Christmas card just for's readers.

Archbishop Pérez: Help those mourning, struggling after deadly tornadoes

Archbishop Nelson Pérez asked all in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to "stand in prayerful solidarity with all those in pain," whether in mourning from loss of life or living with "immense hardship" after tornadoes devastated the Midwest Dec. 10.

Hanukkah recalls divine power, joy and hope, says archbishop

Archbishop Nelson Pérez extends prayerful best wishes to the Jewish community as it prepares to celebrate the annual eight-day Festival of Lights and "strengthen the bonds of love with family and friends."

Archbishop Pérez offers Thanksgiving Day greetings

In his message on "this uniquely American holiday," Archbishop Nelson Pérez expresses his gratitude to God and to the faithful of the archdiocese. He encourages all to receive a COVID vaccine to maintain immunity levels in the community.

Fostering vocations a priority for entire church, says archbishop

Reflecting on National Vocation Awareness Week (Nov. 7-13), Archbishop Nelson Pérez invites all the faithful to prayerfully -- and practically -- support priestly vocations.

Retired Cleveland bishop was ‘close friend and constant model,’ says archbishop

Bishop Anthony Pilla, who died Sept. 21, displayed a "love and passion for the priesthood" and for the people he served, said Archbishop Nelson Pérez, himself a former bishop of Cleveland.

Archbishop calls on Catholics to support Afghan refugee resettlement

"All of us must do what we can ... to accompany migrants and refugees on their journey," Archbishop Nelson Perez said in a statement. "I fervently encourage all people of good will to intensify their prayers seeking peace in Afghanistan."

Memories of 9/11 an opportunity to renew hope in God, archbishop says

On the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the United States, Archbishop Nelson Perez recalls in his message the resilience of the American spirit. He prays for all those still affected and for first responders.