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Statement on the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite

On July 16, Pope Francis issued a motu proprio letter, Traditionis custodes, regarding the celebration of Mass in the Extraordinary Form. Today, Archbishop Pérez released a statement in response to that letter.

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Archbishop Pérez Releases Statement on Reinstating Obligation to Attend Sunday Mass

Statement of Archbishop Nelson J. Pérez Regarding Reinstating the Obligation to Attend Sunday Mass

“We have all felt the impact of COVID-19 in as individuals and families.  It has been a time of acute hardship and struggle, of separation and isolation.  It has also had an impact on our lives of faith.  Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, has been with us throughout this challenging period and is most especially near to us when we encounter him in the Eucharist.  The Eucharist offers us His healing and peace, His mercy and reconciliation.  It is now time for everyone to return to the Eucharist with renewed faith and joy.

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Take Action on House Appropriations bill

This week, the House Committee on Appropriations will mark up the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (LHHS) appropriations bill, which currently excludes the 46-year-old Hyde Amendment and other longstanding, bipartisan provisions including the Weldon Amendment. Eliminating these provisions would force taxpayers to pay for elective abortions and force health care providers and professionals to perform and refer for abortion against their deeply-held beliefs, as well as force employers and insurers to cover and pay for abortion. Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, Archbishop of New York and chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee for Religious Liberty, and Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City in Kansas, chairman of the USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities, issued a statement expressing deep concerns. Click here to read the statement.

Archbishop Pérez Statement Regarding the Protests in Cuba

Archbishop Nelson J. Pérez combined his voice with Bishop Felipe J. Estévez, Bishop of Saint Augustine; Bishop Manuel Cruz, Auxiliary Bishop of Newark; and Bishop Octavio Cisneros, Auxiliary Bishop Brooklyn, to issue a joint statement regarding the protests in Cuba.

To read the full text of that statement, click here.

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Archbishop Pérez Statement on Surfside, FL Building Collapse

Statement of Most Reverend Nelson J. Pérez Regarding Condominium Collapse in Surfside, Florida

“Following the condominium building collapse in Surfside, Florida last week, tremendous anxiety and tension remain for those in mourning and those hoping search and rescue teams will find their loved ones alive.

Like people around the country, I have been monitoring news reports with deep sadness. Recently, I spoke with Father Juan J. Sosa, Pastor of Saint Joseph Parish, which is located near the building. His faith community is suffering deeply right now with many parishioners missing and others waiting anxiously for news of loved ones who were living in the building.

In the name of the clergy, religious, and lay faithful of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, I ask that we stand in prayerful solidarity with all those in pain as a result of this tragedy and with the City of Miami.

At the same time, let us give deep thanks to all of the first responders as well as the search and rescue teams seeking to preserve the lives of those in danger. May God watch over and protect them as they endanger themselves for the good of others. May our witness bring some solace to and consolation to those in need of hope in the wake of this tragedy.”

Most Reverend Nelson J. Pérez
Archbishop of Philadelphia

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