Chaput Hopes Pope’s Visit “Transformative”


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Archbishop Charles Chaput gave an Easter Day interview to ABC News this weekend, highlighting preparations for the visit of Pope Francis in September.

Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput is getting ready for Pope Francis’ first visit to the U.S. this September. The archbishop told ABC’s David Wright in an interview for “This Week” that he looks forward to showing the pope “an active, vibrant Catholic Church in the United States,” and hopes the visit could be transformative for Catholicism in the United States.

“Everywhere I go, I find people who want the church to be a significant part of their lives and I’m always heartened by that,” Archbishop Chaput said. “People who have been disappointed in the church are looking to have hope.”

“I’m hoping … that the visit of the Holy Father here will be the beginning of a new evangelical energy in the church in Philadelphia,” he added.

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Chaput to Celebrate Mass Honoring Terri Schiavo

Archbishop Charles Chaput. Photo | Jeff Fusco

Archbishop Charles Chaput. Photo | Jeff Fusco

Terri Schiavo died 10 years ago today, but the political battle over her death still rages on — and this year, Philadelphia is at the heart of the battle. Archbishop Charles Chaput will hold a Mass this afternoon celebrating Schiavo’s life, after which a “Life & Hope Award Gala” dinner will be held at the Union League featuring broadcaster/firebrand Glenn Beck as the keynote speaker. Read more »

Philly Residents Asked to Open Homes During Papal Visit

Archbishop Charles Chaput. Photo | Jeff Fusco

Archbishop Charles Chaput. Photo | Jeff Fusco

When Pope Francis visits Philadelphia in September for the World Meeting of Families, a million or more people are expected to crowd the city for a glimpse of him. Not everybody’s going to be able to find a hotel room.

So Archbishop Charles Chaput is now asking Philadelphians to open their homes to visitors during the meeting, making the appeal in his weekly column at Catholic Philly.
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La Salle Names First Female President

hanycz-webLa Salle University today announced that Colleen M. Hanycz will be the university’s next president — the first woman and first lay leader of the Catholic institution.

Hanycz, an attorney, is currently Principal of Brescia University College in London, Ontario. Prior to that, she served as Assistant Dean and associate professor of law at Osgoode Hall Law School from 2003 to 2008. She succeeds Brother Michael J. McGinniss, who stepped down from the office in May 2014. Read more »

Convicted Philly Priest Dies in Prison

The Rev. Charles Engelhardt walks from the Criminal Justice Center, Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, in Philadelphia. Engelhardt was charged with sexual assaulting an altar boy in northeast Philadelphia in the late 1990s. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

The Rev. Charles Engelhardt walks from the Criminal Justice Center, Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, in Philadelphia. Engelhardt was charged with sexual assaulting an altar boy in northeast Philadelphia in the late 1990s. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

The Rev. Charles Engelhardt, convicted last year of molesting a young boy during the 1990s, has died in prison. He was appealing the conviction at the time of his death.
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Vatican Confirms: Pope Will Visit Philly

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The Vatican made it official today: Pope Francis will visit Philadelphia during the World Meeting of Families next year. The announcement had been long expected — even mentioned by Pope Francis himself — but today’s announcement puts the visit firmly on the schedule.

NBC10:

“We look forward to Pope Francis’ arrival in Philadelphia next September and we will welcome him joyfully with open arms and prayerful hearts,” said Archbishop Charles Chaput, the leader of Philadelphia’s Archdiocese.

The Pope made the announcement in Rome during his opening remarks at the Humanum Colloquium. The Humanum Colloquium is a gathering of leaders and scholars, including Chaput, of various religions around the world focused on marriage and family life.

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Archdiocese: Chaput Didn’t Criticize the Pope

Archbishop Charles Chaput. Photo | Jeff Fusco

Archbishop Charles Chaput. Photo | Jeff Fusco

Remember last week’s report that Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput had criticized the recent summit of cardinals and bishops that had considered offering a friendlier face to gays and lesbians? The archdiocese now says those reports weren’t quite right.

Coverage of Chaput’s speech to an audience of Catholic conservatives ” made it sound like the Archbishop was critical of the Vatican and the Holy Father and that’s just not the case,” said Kenneth Gavin, a spokesman for the archdiocese.
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Archbishop Chaput Speaks Out Against Church Liberalization

Archbishop Charles Chaput. Photo | Jeff Fusco

Archbishop Charles Chaput. Photo | Jeff Fusco

While liberal Catholics greeted signs of growing openness to gays at a recent summit of cardinals and bishops at the Vatican, Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput — a noted conservative — found much to criticize. He expressed his unhappiness in a Monday night speech that is getting wide play across the country.

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