January 26, 2014 |
Will Pope Francis visit Philadelphia next year? That question was sparked by a National Catholic Reporter story Friday that said the pontiff "has expressed an intention" to visit the United States in September 2015. The reason for his visit would be to attend the World Meeting of Families, a major Catholic event to be held in Philadelphia that Sept. 22 to 27. But it could expand to include a trip to New York City for an address to the United Nations. The Vatican does not officially announce papal visits until several months in advance, and the Reporter said Vatican sources cautioned that circumstances could change.
August 11, 2006 |
Despite shrinking enrollment in the city and inner-ring suburbs, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is taking an initial step toward building the first new Catholic high schools in years. The archdiocese is scheduled to announce today that it will survey 10,000 suburban families to find out if they favor building new Catholic high schools in two fast-growing areas of Montgomery and Bucks Counties, officials said. The five-county archdiocese has not built a new high school since 1998.
September 3, 2000 |
Teacher contract talks in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia have reached a "critical juncture," with "significant progress" made Friday at a negotiation session that lasted more than 13 hours, archdiocese spokeswoman Cathy Rossi said yesterday. Teachers and the archdiocese have agreed to a news blackout as work continues, she said. "Each side does have plans to work over the holiday weekend, but I'm not confirming if and when they will meet," Rossi said, declining to comment further.
May 24, 1994 |
Worshipers who still attend Mass at St. Peter Claver are considering hiring a lawyer to fight a plan by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to turn the historic black Catholic church into a center for the evangelization of African-Americans. The worshipers say the plan, announced Sunday during Mass at the 105-year- old church at 12th and Lombard streets, would complete the dismantling of St. Peter Claver that began in 1985. At that time, Cardinal John Krol "suppressed" the church, eliminating it as a parish and turning it into the Shrine of Our Lady of Victory.
September 26, 1998 |
Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua announced yesterday that fiber-optic cable is being installed to link Roman Catholic schools and offices throughout the five-county Archdiocese of Philadelphia. "Today, we take another step on the road to success by merging our schools onto the world's information superhighway," Cardinal Bevilacqua said. The telecommunication network, which will take three years to complete, will go first to the 22 diocesan high schools, with a combined enrollment of 23,100 students.
February 5, 1986 |
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia will close a vocational training school for delinquent boys in June unless the City of Philadelphia increases its funding for the program, according to archdiocesan officials. Auxiliary Bishop Martin N. Lohmuller, vice president of the board of Catholic Charities, has told Mayor Goode that De La Salle Vocational Day Treatment Center in Bucks County will close unless the city agrees to a 9 percent increase in the amount paid for each boy from Philadelphia in the program, according to the Catholic Standard and Times.
November 23, 1999 |
La Arquidiocesis de Filadelfia is taking to the airwaves. The archdiocese, in an effort to raise its profile in Hispanic Philadelphia, begins a Gospel-based 30-minute Spanish language program on Sunday. "It's going to be lively, not preachy," said Anna Vega, director of the Office for Hispanic Catholics, after a press conference yesterday at which Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua announced the launch. Preaching, or at least discussion of the week's Gospel with a priest and lay leaders, will be part of every show.
February 4, 1988 |
The first scripture reading at St. Adalbert's Catholic Church in Kensington this morning told of King David's instructions to his son Solomon, who was to succeed David on the throne of Israel. David tells Solomon to "Keep the mandate of the Lord your God, following his ways and observing his statutes. " That could well be Cardinal John Krol's parting instructions to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and its new cardinal, Bishop Anthony Bevilacqua, according to Rev. Joseph J. Zingaro of St. Adalbert's.
April 30, 1989 |
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia made special provisions to sell Pepperidge Farm a parcel of land in order to keep workers in Downingtown, but the company never responded to the offer, an archdiocesan spokesman said Thursday. On Tuesday, bakery executives announced that the plant would move to Adamstown in Lancaster County. Several of the Downingtown Pepperidge Farm workers, concerned about losing their jobs, wrote to the Archdiocese requesting that it consider selling the property, which is part of the St. John's Hospital grounds near the Downingtown plant.
March 21, 1987 |
A proposed high school exhibition baseball game that would have been taped by NBC-TV at Veterans Stadium on Monday has been called off by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia because it would generate union opposition from the National Association of Broadcasting Engineers and Technicians. "It's not going to come off," said the Rev. John Siebel, spokesman for the archdiocese. "We had no idea there was a union issue involved here. " The special noontime game between North Catholic and Monsignor Bonner High Schools was to have served as a session to train NBC-TV nonunion employees how to telecast major-league baseball in anticipation of a possible strike by the union March 31, an NBC-TV official said Thursday.