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January 22, 2015 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
With Pope Francis coming in September to Philadelphia, 2015 looks to be a year for Catholics across the region to wear their faith proudly and publicly. But catching a glimpse of Francis on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at the World Meeting of Families won't put food on the table at local soup kitchens, or pay for the church's schools for blind or mentally retarded children, or provide health care to its retired priests. For that and more, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia relies on its annual Catholic Charities appeal, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput told a news conference Tuesday, announcing that he had set a goal of $10 million for this year.
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April 4, 2004 | By Rosalee Polk Rhodes INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
When Peter O'Connor accepts his award at the first Justice for All awards ceremony to be held by Catholic Charities, Diocese of Camden, this month, he will do so with trepidation. O'Connor, 62, will receive the social-justice award for his work in bringing affordable housing to low-income people throughout the region. O'Connor, who believes the battle for equitable housing and racial equality is far from over, said he would "try to promote the award as an appeal for this work.
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December 1, 1995 | By Rebecca Goldsmith, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Come next year, the Delaware House's name may be as close as it gets to the river. Officials broke ground yesterday on a four-acre plot in Westampton, the future site of a $2.4 million mental-health facility scheduled to open in September. Delaware House Mental Health Services will vacate its Burlington City headquarters, an 1840s Victorian mansion with riverfront views, which it has occupied since its inception 24 years ago. The agency employs roughly 70 people and draws about 130 clients each day. Run by Catholic Charities, the Delaware House offers outpatient services to seriously mentally ill adults in Burlington County.
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November 21, 1994 | By Rebecca Goldsmith, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The 15-year-old township boy with the cap covering his overgrown strawberry-blonde hair said he had sexually assaulted his little sister for two years. The 16-year-old from Ewing with the close-cropped afro and big, brown eyes said he had touched his 13-year-old victim over her clothing in the summer of 1993. During a regular weekly session, there would be five or six other boys around the Formica table, talking about their own crimes - rape, incest, anal and oral intercourse, and other sexual contact.
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August 8, 1993 | By Nicholas Wishart, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Catholic Charities, a social service agency serving financially strapped families, has received a $100,000 state grant to extend temporary shelter to the working poor. With the grant from the Department of Community Affairs, announced last month, the Emergency Services section of Catholic Charities plans later this summer to begin providing six transitional houses for low-income families in Burlington County. The housing units will be added to 10 that already exist for welfare recipients in the county.
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August 26, 2004 | By Frank Kummer INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In past years, hundreds of working-poor families have turned to Catholic Charities in Delanco for backpacks loaded with school supplies. This year, the agency's Emergency Services Division says it is able to supply backpacks at only one-fourth the rate of last year because donations are so low - and it is stumped. Food supplies are also way down. "In Burlington County, we're seeing over 500 families a month for food, and it seems the need is increasing," said Donna Boone, who runs the office on Burlington Avenue.
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November 16, 2001 | By Will Van Sant INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Camden is short of holiday donations and is requesting turkeys, new toys and nonperishable food to distribute to needy families for Thanksgiving and Christmas. "We need donations desperately," said Suzanne Hemp, executive director for Catholic Charities, "specifically in Camden. " Hemp attributed the shortage to an increase in requests for help due to a shrinking economy and an 18 percent decrease in charitable giving to her group in the last year.
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December 2, 1988 | By Dorothy G. Wegard and Rebecca Barnard, Special to The Inquirer
John Patrick McGarvey, 60, of Moorestown, a coordinator of the Job Training Partnership Act in Burlington County, died of leukemia Wednesday at Memorial Hospital of Burlington County in Mount Holly. "He was very concerned with helping those who needed help, for whom maybe lady luck wasn't so kind . . .," said his wife, Jeannine. "Whenever anyone asked him for his time, he always found that time. " The father of seven, Mr. McGarvey was a founding trustee of Burlington County Birthright and a member of the advisory committee of the Burlington County Special Services School District.
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January 4, 2000 | By Louise Harbach, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Frank Helverson could be considered an anomaly. While many people switch employers every few years, Helverson has had the same employer - Catholic Charities - for 30 years. In October 1969, he was appointed supervisor of the Burlington branch of what was then called the Catholic Welfare Bureau. The Willingboro resident now heads Catholic Charities' Burlington County Behavior Health Care Division. In December, the charitable group cited Helverson for his three decades of service.
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February 25, 2016 | By David O'Reilly, Staff Writer
Some of the grown-ups in a classroom at Catholic Charities in Camden may have been tired, and a few might have been poor. And that gaggle of wide-eyed children clustered on the floor Tuesday afternoon might qualify as "huddled masses. " But for the next half-hour, these 120 refugees from Iraq, Myanmar, and other places would forget the struggles that had forced them from their native countries. They were in America, the land of opportunity, and of soap bubbles and erupting plaster volcanoes.
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June 6, 2016
Stephen E. Jenkins is a lawyer in Wilmington Pennsylvania House Bill 1947, which has now been sent to the Pennsylvania Senate, would largely eliminate the statute of limitations relating to allegations of child sexual abuse by private parties. Among other things, it would allow civil claims for abuse to be brought at any time until a victim is 50 years old. In addition, some - but not most - victims will be allowed to sue for abuse that happened decades ago. Many politicians and plaintiffs' lawyers say that this represents long-needed "reform" and "justice.
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February 25, 2016 | By David O'Reilly, Staff Writer
Some of the grown-ups in a classroom at Catholic Charities in Camden may have been tired, and a few might have been poor. And that gaggle of wide-eyed children clustered on the floor Tuesday afternoon might qualify as "huddled masses. " But for the next half-hour, these 120 refugees from Iraq, Myanmar, and other places would forget the struggles that had forced them from their native countries. They were in America, the land of opportunity, and of soap bubbles and erupting plaster volcanoes.
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August 19, 2015 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
Taking its lead from Pope Francis and the World Meeting of Families that will convene next month in Philadelphia, the Catholic Diocese of Camden on Monday announced a 40-day campaign to raise awareness of the profound poverty that pervades its six counties. Francis' arrival in Philadelphia on Sept. 26 "gives us the opportunity to focus on the poor . . . and to take action," Bishop Dennis Sullivan told a news conference. He noted that the diocese includes not only the state's poorest city, Camden, but its poorest county, Cumberland.
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January 22, 2015 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
With Pope Francis coming in September to Philadelphia, 2015 looks to be a year for Catholics across the region to wear their faith proudly and publicly. But catching a glimpse of Francis on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at the World Meeting of Families won't put food on the table at local soup kitchens, or pay for the church's schools for blind or mentally retarded children, or provide health care to its retired priests. For that and more, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia relies on its annual Catholic Charities appeal, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput told a news conference Tuesday, announcing that he had set a goal of $10 million for this year.
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April 27, 2014
Goodwill ambassador on a bus We visited beautiful Philadelphia for the first time recently and had a wonderful time. Of course, we stopped at the usual tourist sites and gained a sense of immediacy about American history. The tourism center was helpful, and the bus system was easy to use thanks to helpful bus drivers. The Rosenbach Museum and Library is phenomenal, and we could easily have spent days browsing in the Book Trader, where the staff seems to know every book on every shelf.
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October 21, 2013 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
Born in a refugee camp in Thailand, Kyaw Kyaw did his homework in a candlelit hut. Books were shared. Paper was precious, too. There are no candles but plenty of books, paper, and power at the Oaklyn Public School, where 11-year-old Kyaw Kyaw (sounds like cha cha ) is thriving in sixth grade. "He's better here," says his uncle, Kai Zu, who, like Kyaw, left a refugee camp for the United States in 2009 and lives in a borough apartment. "It's wonderful. " Twenty-two students whose families fled Burma, the troubled Southeast Asian nation also known as Myanmar, are enrolled at Oaklyn's sole school, a weathered but well-kept structure built on Kendall Boulevard in 1926.
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January 6, 2013 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Thomas C. Kempin, 94, of Mayfair, the civilian executive to the commander of the Frankford Arsenal for 20 years, died Thursday, Dec. 27, at Nazareth Hospital of complications from a stroke. Until he retired in June 1973, Mr. Kempin was the civilian executive under a dozen different commanders at the arsenal in Northeast Philadelphia. The post was the highest available to civilians there. In 34 years at the arsenal, he started as an apprentice with an education at North Catholic High School and worked his way up through the machine shop into management.
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June 3, 2012 | By Joe Watkins
Last month, Catholic archdioceses and institutions across the nation filed lawsuits against the Department of Health and Human Services for its overreaching mandate announced earlier this year. The mandate would force church-affiliated hospitals, agencies, and universities to pay for services that violate their faith (such as contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs) as part of the health insurance they provide employees. If these groups do not comply, they will incur large penalties that may ultimately force many to close.
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February 19, 2012 | By Dick Polman, For The Inquirer
It's hard to fathom why the Republicans would want to launch a sustained assault on birth control, align themselves with the most conservative voices in the Catholic Church, and thereby risk alienating women voters in November. But, hey, if that's how they want to play it, President Obama is only too happy to reap the benefits. I've been puzzled for weeks by all the talk about how Obama has supposedly blown it with Catholic voters after requiring that many Catholic institutions offer free birth control in their employee insurance plans.
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February 12, 2012 | By Christi Parsons, Kathleen Hennessey, and Noam N. Levey, Tribune Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - For days, President Obama had been hammered over a regulation in the health-care law that required religiously affiliated hospitals, charities, and universities to provide birth control for their female employees even if that conflicted with church teachings. On Friday, he tried to end the debate with what he called an "accommodation. " The employees still will be offered free birth-control coverage, but the benefit will come directly from their insurers, and no religious groups' money will be used.
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