December 23, 2015 |
Did a tour bus suddenly let out in front of the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul around the same time as its Friday Christmas concert? No, the line stretching down the windswept block was leading to the first joint concert by Tempesta di Mare, Piffaro, and Choral Arts Philadelphia. No doubt their combined mailing lists helped bring together a large crowd for three weekend concerts, plus an ambitious program titled "Advent Vespers, Dresden 1619. " Because Vespers services tend to be assembled rather than composed from whole cloth, much leeway is possible, allowing the three collaborating ensembles to come up with a varied but stylistically coherent cross-section of music heard at that time and place, mainly Heinrich Schutz, Michael Praetorius, and Samuel Scheidt.
September 15, 2015 |
A FULL-SIZE casting of a legendary Michelangelo sculpture will be on display at the Pennsylvania Convention Center this month, officials from the World Meeting of Families announced yesterday. Only 100 Vatican-sanctioned marble castings of "Pieta" exist, according to the World Meeting. The 1499 work depicts Jesus post-crucifixion in the arms of his mother, Mary. The World Meeting and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia are hosting the replica in collaboration with Arte Divine, the Vatican Observatory Foundation's licensed distributor of Michelangelo replicas.
June 26, 2015 |
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis greeted Mayor Nutter on the steps of St. Peter's Basilica on Wednesday with three fingers raised. "Three months," he said. In three months, the pope visits Philadelphia and greets what organizers say could be 1.5 million people in the biggest event the city has ever hosted. The World Meeting of Families from Sept. 22 to 25 and the papal visit that weekend are projected to give a huge boost to the city's tourism industry and generate a half-billion dollars for city businesses.
June 19, 2015
ISSUE | WORKFORCE Partnership worth investment re-up Pennsylvania is known nationally for connecting workforce training to the needs of key industries, creating workers with the capabilities needed for high productivity, healthy profits, and good wages. The state's Industry Partnership program has even helped shape a new federal workforce law that will be implemented shortly. Through the simple step of bringing businesses together to identify common personnel challenges and opportunities, more than 100,000 workers have been up-skilled since 2005.
November 4, 2014 |
IF YOU WERE a cop or a firefighter in need of spiritual solace, the man to see was Monsignor James Joseph Howard. He was chaplain of the League of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and he was there day and night to help when the men and women who deal with tragedy and violence in their daily lives needed answers to their spiritual questions. Monsignor Howard was a legendary Philadelphia priest, the longest serving rector of the Cathedral Basilica of Ss. Peter and Paul, a former faculty member of two Catholic high schools and a man who rendered his priestly duties always with the heart of Jesus.
June 8, 2014 |
" Scusi !" I called for the fourth time as I stepped off a narrow sidewalk onto a cobblestone road to get around some tourists. I said a silent prayer, too, that they also didn't try to make a break, and that a moped or Vespa or teeny, tiny car wouldn't whip around a corner and turn me into Roman roadkill. After another morning of sightseeing on my third day in Rome, legs weak and tired from standing in line to get into St. Peter's Basilica and then into the Vatican, and then through St. Peter's Basilica and then through the Vatican, my friend and I decided to part ways for a few hours so that she could go back to the Trevi Fountain to take more pictures, and I could get in a run. I really didn't feel like it, but I already knew Italian run regret.
March 28, 2014 |
VATICAN CITY - In the end, Mayor Nutter got his private meeting with Pope Francis - sort of. "There were 100,000 people behind us, but you have your own private moment with the pope. There's nothing like that," Nutter said after a two-minute meeting with Francis during the weekly "general audience" at St. Peter's Square yesterday. "When you're standing there with him, it is like you're the only person standing there. He's not trying to rush. " Nutter, Gov. Corbett and a cadre of local business leaders were special guests at the event.
July 26, 2013
THE SAINT JOSEPH'S basketball team will not only get a 10-day trip to Italy from Aug. 11 to 21, but, per NCAA rule, coach Phil Martelli will get to oversee 10 full practices starting July 30 before the team departs. The Hawks will start the trip in Rome before going to Florence, Venice and Como. They will play four games and are planning to visit the Colosseum, St. Peter's Basilica, the Accademia Gallery in Florence, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Grand Canal in Venice, and Lake Como.
April 20, 2013
Mexican architect Pedro Ramirez Vazquez, 94, who designed some of Mexico's biggest landmark modernist structures - including the new Basilica of Guadalupe, the Anthropology Museum, and the Azteca Stadium, all in Mexico City - died Tuesday, April 16, of pneumonia, Mexico's National Arts Council said.. The sweeping, curvy lines of the basilica and the cantilevered central pavilion of the anthropology museum became hallmarks of Mexico's modernist architectural boom, led by figures like Luis Barragan from the 1940s to the '70s.
December 13, 2011 |
Cardinal John P. Foley, who died Sunday at 76, will be entombed Friday afternoon at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul following a 2 p.m. Funeral Mass. The liturgy, expected to draw national church leaders along with the prelate's many friends, will follow a daylong viewing Thursday at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood and a shorter viewing Friday at the cathedral. A longtime priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Foley served locally as a parochial vicar, seminary professor, and editor of the archdiocesan newspaper before leaving for Rome in 1984.