September 17, 1989 |
The two third graders, dressed all in white, stood in the vestibule of St. Philip Neri Roman Catholic Church, their faces almost as pale as their First Communion outfits. Emily McNichol and Michael O'Donnell were all spiffed up and waiting to meet Philadelphia Archbishop Anthony J. Bevilacqua to present him with a spiritual bouquet of prayers on behalf of 14,700 schoolchildren in Montgomery County. They couldn't even speak, they were so nervous. And then he walked in, his face all smiles beneath the miter with the tall peaks.
October 29, 1996 |
Woody Harrelson - yes, that one - has inserted himself into a controversial instruction by Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey who says it's OK for parents to discipline kids with a "gentle slap. " Last week Carey, father of four and grandfather of five, said the slap was fine "as long as it is done with love and with firm discipline within the family setup. " In a letter published yesterday in London's Independent newspaper, Harrelson wrote: "I was wondering, now that my oldest daughter is nearly 4 years old and gaining strength, how long I have to wait before I can start slapping my newborn.
December 9, 1987 |
Anthony Joseph Bevilacqua, the son of Italian immigrants and the current bishop of Pittsburgh, was named yesterday by Pope John Paul II to succeed Cardinal John Krol as archbishop of Philadelphia. Bishop Bevilacqua sat at Cardinal Krol's side yesterday morning as the 77- year-old cardinal said that, more than two years after he reached retirement age, his resignation had finally been accepted by the Pope. "Philadelphia deserves much better service than I am able at this stage of my life to give," Cardinal Krol said during the news conference at his residence at 5700 City Ave. "They tell me that after you're 70, six months can make a big difference.
December 11, 1989 |
Msgr. Arturo Rivera y Damas yesterday charged that the FBI mistreated a key witness to last month's slayings of six Jesuit priests, forcing her to recant her testimony. In one of his strongest criticisms of U.S. officials, the San Salvador archbishop said in his weekly homily that witness Lucia Barrera de Cerna had been submitted to "aggressive and violent . . . psychological torment. " U.S. Ambassador William Walker strongly denied that there was any effort to discredit the witness or that she was mistreated in any way. "The United States government and the FBI do not mistreat people, do not torture people they are trying to get information from," Walker said in an interview yesterday.
July 4, 2011
Cardinal Georg Sterzinsky, 75, who stepped down as Berlin's archbishop this year, has died. The Berlin Archdiocese said Cardinal Sterzinsky died early Thursday. It did not give details, but the cardinal had long been ill. In February, Pope Benedict XVI accepted his resignation. Cardinal Sterzinsky was born in 1936 in what is now Poland and studied in communist East Germany. He became bishop of Berlin, then a divided city, in 1989 and was later promoted to archbishop and cardinal.
May 19, 1991 |
Philadelphia Archbishop Anthony J. Bevilacqua called for compassion for AIDS victims yesterday in a rocky, first-ever prayer service by the prelate for those suffering from the disease. But about 100 gay activists at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul, well within earshot of the archbishop, chanted "Bevilacqua's full of s-," to protest the church's opposition to condom distribution in Philadelphia public schools. And in the midst of Bevilacqua's homily, a member of the group Act Up stepped up to the pulpit and laid wrapped condoms next to the archbishop's hands and sprinkled them at his feet.
September 30, 2011 |
NEW ORLEANS - Former Archbishop Philip Matthew Hannan, who gave the eulogy for President John F. Kennedy and later served more than three decades as the head of the New Orleans Roman Catholic Archdiocese, died yesterday. He was 98. Hannan was the 11th archbishop in New Orleans history and one of the most active. When he turned 75 and had to retire as archbishop, he became president of WLAE-TV, the public television station he founded. Assigned to New Orleans in 1965 from Washington, where he had been auxiliary bishop since 1956, he found that the old St. Louis Cathedral, in the middle of an area of the French Quarter swarming with tourists, street performers, tarot card readers and musicians, had a unique pleasure for a churchman.
February 12, 1988 |
Ed Cooley, one of the "roughnecks" from Sister Grace's eighth-grade class at St. Thomas parochial school, was there. Clara Pugliese, 77, a dear friend of the family and confidant of his deceased mother, was there. Sister Mary Isabel, of the Sisters of Mercy, who worked with him in the immigration office in Brooklyn and who sewed his bishop's miters by hand, was there. So was his oldest brother, Michael, and his other brothers, Angelo, Rocco and Frank, and his sisters, Isabella, Virginia, Mary Jo, Gloria and Madeline, the "baby.
February 9, 1998 |
Just before 3 p.m., the procession entered the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul. Pastors from the 288 parishes walked in pairs as some of their members waved. About 1,400 people stood in front of pews and folding metal chairs. They had come to the Mass of Thanksgiving to honor the 10th anniversary of Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua as Archbishop of Philadelphia in the same place where he was consecrated on Feb. 11, 1988. Since then, the cardinal has restructured the administration of the archdiocese, created regional offices to alleviate some of his duties, closed and consolidated parishes and spoken out against racism.
June 27, 1991 |
The pilgrim said, "Mazel tov. " As Cardinal-designate Anthony J. Bevilacqua left the altar of a chapel near the Vatican after an evening service yesterday, Rabbi Bernard Frank grasped his hand and offered the traditional Jewish greeting of congratulation. Rabbi Frank said his journey to Rome had its beginnings in a visit by Bevilacqua to Frank's congregation, Temple Beth Torah, in Northeast Philadelphia, to speak at Friday night services last March. "I said this is the year that he would become a cardinal," explained Frank, a Reform rabbi.