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Relive the installation Mass for Archbishop Perez

See scenes of the Feb. 18 Mass in the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul in which Archbishop Nelson J. Perez became archbishop of Philadelphia amid an outpouring of affection by clergy, religious and lay people.

Interfaith leaders greet Archbishop Perez with warmth, hope

Representatives of the area's faith-based communities have welcomed the new leader of the Philadelphia Archdiocese, and say they look forward to "tapping into what intrinsically connects us."

First moments of a new era in Philadelphia

Watch our video of the Mass of installation for Archbishop Nelson Perez, who became the 10th archbishop of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Feb. 18 in the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul.

More scenes from Archbishop Perez’s installation

See more images from the joyous and solemn celebration Tuesday, Feb. 18 that saw the installation of Archbishop Nelson Perez as archbishop of Philadelphia.

Faithful fill cathedral for installation Mass

More than 2,000 participants of all ages, ethnicities and parishes celebrated Archbishop Nelson Perez's installation as archbishop Philadelphia, filling the cathedral with joy, beauty and revelry.

Priest mentor to Archbishop Perez still going strong at 89

Father Michael Feketie befriended the family of Archbishop Nelson Perez in his boyhood and inspired him to be a priest. The Newark archdiocesan priest proudly watched his protege while serving in the ministry he loves.

Diverse music hits high note for Archbishop Perez’s installation Mass

From Cuban laments to gospel and chant, the hymns for the Feb. 18 liturgy reflected the joy of those served by the former "Father Nelson," who himself is "a gifted musician."

St. Agnes faithful call archbishop ‘a man of action’

Although Archbishop Nelson Perez served as pastor of St. Agnes Parish in West Chester nearly a decade ago, the impact he left can still be seen. His former parishioners are overjoyed to welcome him home.

Singing at installation a ‘special moment’ for Delaware gospel choir

Members of the Wilmington Diocese Gospel Choir added their voices to a historic Feb. 18 liturgy marking the appointment of Archbishop Nelson Perez to the Philadelphia archdiocese.

Third Hispanic archbishop signals rise of Hispanics in U.S. church

As Catholicism of the 21st century becomes increasingly Hispanic, there is something both powerful and political in the appointment of leaders such as Archbishop Nelson Perez, writes Hosffman Ospino.