Three Important Quotes from Archbishop Chaput’s New Interview

Archbishop Charles Chaput. Photo | Jeff Fusco

Archbishop Charles Chaput. Photo | Jeff Fusco

Archbishop Charles Chaput recently gave an interview to, reminiscing about his first years here, looking ahead to the visit of Pope Francis, and reflecting on whether the diocese has found a measure of stability after years of turbulence. The full transcript can be found here.

Three quotes we found interesting:

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Let’s Not Tax Airbnb for Pope’s Visit

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Councilman Bill Greenlee has an idea: He wants to tax Philadelphians who rent out their rooms for the pope’s visit.

I have a different idea: How about we don’t?

Maybe I’d think differently if the 8.5 pecent tax on room rentals would go to city schools, a one-time windfall they surely wouldn’t refuse. But as the Inquirer notes: “Hotel tax revenue is split between the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, Visit Philadelphia, and the Convention Center.” Those are worthy organizations: They bring visitors and their money to town — and as the old trope goes, it takes money to make money, etc. etc.  Read more »

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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Fundraising On Schedule for Pope’s Visit


Organizers have raised $30 million of the $45 million needed to host Pope Francis in September, KYW Radio reports.

KYW talked to Dan Hilferty, co-chairman of the World Meeting of Families Philadelphia. “From my perspective, I’d love to see mid-summer to be able to say, ‘okay, we’re finished the fundraising and we’re ready to go,’” Hilferty told the station. “I think it’s difficult to put a firm time line on that.” Read more »

Feds to Handle Security for Pope Visit

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Security for the visit of Pope Francis’ September visit to Philadelphia will be led by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, KYW reports.

Bob Ciaruffoli, president of the World Meeting of Families Philadelphia organization, says the federal government has declared the visit by Pope Francis and activities leading up to his arrival a “national security special event.”

“Multiple governmental agencies are extremely involved in the process,” he tells KYW Newsradio, “every step of the process. They’re working closely. There’s multiple committees set up where all the various agencies from the different governmental entities are involved in.”

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Pope Gets Official Milkshake Flavor in Sham of a Vote

Official milkshake | Matt Rourke, AP. Pope Francis,

Official milkshake | Matt Rourke, AP. Pope Francis,

Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia is just under 200 days away, and the important decisions are starting to be made: The official milkshake of the Pope’s visit to Philadelphia has been chosen. Alleluia!

The milkshake bringing all the altar boys to the yard is a combination of vanilla ice cream and shortbread butter cookies and is named #PopeinPhilly. The $3.90 shake will be available at Philly’s Potbelly locations from April 1st to to September 30th. Fifty cents of each sale will go to the World Meeting of Families.

The #PopeinPhilly shake was chosen yesterday by students from St. Peter the Apostle School at an event at the Potbelly in Center City. It defeated a crumbled Oreo shake (called World Meeting Mashup) and a banana, chocolate and peanut butter shake (PHL Liberty Bell) for the win. Or did it? Read on and you’ll see this vote was no vote at all! Read more »

Madonna’s Visit, Two Days Before the Pope’s Arrival, Is No Mistake

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Madonna has been no stranger to speaking her mind. In fact, one could argue that her career and notoriety is equal parts music and advocacy. That’s why it is no coincidence that the Material Girl is bringing her Rebel Heart Tour to Philly right smack in the middle of the World Meeting of Families this September, and just two days before the Pope shows up to town. 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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Pope Visit Could Challenge Philly Phone System


When Pope Francis comes to town in September, will Philadelphians still be able to make and receive calls on their cell phones?

It’s not a crazy question: As many as 2 million pilgrims will flood the city to see the pope celebrate mass on the parkway. Philly’s telecommunication system isn’t prepared to handle quite that additional load — yet.

KYW reports on preparations by AT&T and Verizon:
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