Archbishop Perez's messages

Archbishop Pérez invites prayer, charity for Advent

This year, perhaps more than ever, we need Christmas and its promise of hope for a suffering humanity in the person of Jesus Christ, and Advent is the time to prepare our minds and hearts for him, writes Archbishop Nelson Pérez.

Basilica terrorist attack ‘simply evil,’ says Archbishop

In an Oct. 30 statement, Archbishop Nelson J. Pérez denounced the Oct. 29 stabbings at Notre-Dame Basilica in Nice that left three dead, and offered prayers for victims and their families.

Violence deepens wounds of Walter Wallace death, says Archbishop Pérez

In an Oct. 30 statement, Archbishop Nelson J. Pérez expressed his sorrow over the tragic police-related killing of a Philadelphia man, while urging peaceful approaches to "issues and questions that need to be addressed."

Archbishop Pérez says ‘fully formed consciences’ essential for voting

In an Oct. 29 statement, Archbishop Nelson J. Pérez urged faithful to study a newly revised U.S. bishops' document on faithful citizenship, and to "make (their) voices heard on Election Day."

Archbishop Pérez calls cardinal’s appointment source of hope, joy

Cardinal-designate Wilton D. Gregory, the first African-American cardinal, is a "faithful shepherd of great energy and wisdom," said Archbishop Nelson Pérez in an Oct. 27 statement.

Archbishop Pérez welcomes new papal encyclical

"Fratelli Tutti," released Oct. 4 by Pope Francis, is "a profound and beautiful teaching document" emphasizing "we are all brothers and sisters made in the image and likeness of God," said the archbishop.

Archbishop Pérez extends greetings to Jews on Yom Kippur

The holy day calls for "prayer and deep personal reflection before the Father," the archbishop wrote in a letter. "These themes resonate strongly with your Catholic sisters and brothers."

Archbishop Pérez offers Jewish community Rosh Hashanah greeting

On the occasion of the Jewish new year this Friday, Archbishop Nelson Perez echoed Pope Francis' prayer that God would strengthen "the cordial bonds of friendship" between Catholics and Jews.

Archbishop urges prayers for victims of Hurricane Laura

In the wake of the deadly storm, which has killed at least 30, Archbishop Nelson Pérez asks that the Lord "pour out his comfort and mercy upon all of those affected."

Assault at Cathedral ‘senseless act of aggression,’ says archbishop

Following an Aug. 23 attack on a lector during Mass, Archbishop Nelson Pérez said that "violence has no place in our world" and called for prayers and respect.