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May 7, 2015 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
IN THE DAVID vs. Goliath battle pitting former members of St. Laurentius parish against the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, I don't understand why the Archdiocese wants so badly to demolish the church. I get that the Gothic-spired, stained-glass, brownstone Fishtown church with a three-nave sanctuary designed by Edwin Forrest Durang has structural problems. In October 2013, Licenses and Inspections deemed the 130-year-old building "unsafe," prompting the Archdiocese to close it and erect safety nets to catch any loose debris.
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March 7, 1994 | By Wendy Beech, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Paul J. DiFilippo, 82, who helped build one of Franklinville's Roman Catholic churches, died Thursday at Elmer Community Hospital in Elmer. In 1948, Mr. DiFilippo and about 10 other Franklinville residents established the Church of Nativity. "There wasn't a church for miles at the time," said his wife, Katherine C. Erkert DiFilippo. "It was a small town back then, and all the men who could be members were members. " Mr. DiFilippo served as a trustee for 35 years. He was also a member of the Franklinville Volunteer Fire Company, where he worked to foster community safety for more than 40 years.
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March 19, 2001 | By Kristen A. Graham INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
As a service began inside a church here yesterday, a lay minister was killed in the parking lot by her estranged husband, who then shot himself, authorities said. Shortly after Wadud Abdul-Haqq and Sylvia Abdul-Haqq began arguing about 8 a.m. at the Christ Temple A.M.E. Zion Ministry Center, the man pulled out a .357 revolver and shot his wife once in the head, officials said. Sylvia Abdul-Haqq, 51, fell backward into the open trunk of her husband's blue Dodge Dynasty. Wadud Abdul-Haqq, 53, then turned the gun on himself, fired one shot to his head, and also fell into the trunk.
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July 12, 1995 | by Jim Nicholson, Daily News Staff Writer
Moses Colburn, retired Philadelphia Electric Co. supervisor of customer service who was a leader in his church, died Friday. He was 63 and lived in South Philadelphia. Colburn worked for PECO for 25 years and was a supervisor in the Customer Service Department when he retired in 1991. A family member said, "Moses loved his church and spoke of its great history with great pride and affection. He spoke knowlingly about the outstanding pipe organ and worked to help raise funds to restore and improve it. We will all remember him as a Christian brother, churchman, musician and friend.
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March 11, 2016 | By Chris Palmer, STAFF WRITER
Philadelphia police are searching for a 70-year-old man who allegedly shot and injured a 19-year-old Church's Chicken employee at the Tioga restaurant on Sunday. An arrest warrant has been issued for Ronald Graham, who also goes by Roland, police said. Graham allegedly became enraged Sunday around 5:30 p.m. when a 21-year-old employee of Church's Chicken, at 3650 N. Broad Street, began cleaning tables near where Graham was eating. Graham argued with the employee and a manager, then left the building for a few seconds, Capt.
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September 9, 2003 | By Kristen A. Graham INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Past the ranchers, Colonials and split-levels of an ordinary Cherry Hill neighborhood, the gate sits: a long, black iron stretch, tall under a brick arch. Two sergeants-at-arms stand in front, gold badges gleaming. They peer inside an approaching car, scan, and nod politely. A rare visitor can pass. So the visitor enters a different world - the insular, complicated, joyful realm of the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith. Though the small church rarely crops up on scholars' radar screens, its long, sometimes strange history in the region lends mystery to what goes on inside.
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August 5, 2014 | BY PATRICIA MADEJ, Daily News Staff Writer madejp@phillynews.com, 215-854-5938
IT OPENED its doors at 63rd and Callowhill streets in 1887, becoming Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament in 2005, and those doors now have closed. The once-church, then turned worship site, officially closed Friday, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced yesterday. The West Philly church had seen its fair share of changes. In January 2013, it merged with St. Cyprian Parish, at Cobbs Creek Parkway and Cedar Avenue, remaining open as a worship center. It was used only occasionally for Masses, funerals, weddings and more.
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June 22, 2015 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
MAYFAIR'S Devon Theater will go from theatrical dream to theological reality on Tuesday if the city's Zoning Board of Adjustment allows Kingdom Life Christian Center to turn the live entertainment venue into a church. After a long, heated debate last week, the Mayfair Civic Association voted not to oppose the theater's religious use. The vote came after the church agreed to run a food delivery service instead of a food bank, and an after-school program instead of a day-care center.
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October 15, 2012 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
To many Polish American Catholics in South Jersey, St. Joseph's is the mother church. Their love for her endures like the New Hampshire granite of which the majestic edifice at 10th and Liberty Streets in Camden was constructed nearly a century ago. The Whitman Park neighborhood has frayed almost beyond recognition, and church membership has fallen to less than a quarter of its mid-20th-century peak of nearly 4,000 families. But St. Joe's will likely be filled next Sunday as the parish celebrates its 120th anniversary.
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September 22, 2000 | by Frank Dougherty and Gloria Campisi, Daily News Staff Writers
Bishop Benjamin F. Peterson Sr., a man of God who built a sidewalk ministry into the Greater Bible Way Temple in West Philadelphia, died Tuesday. He was 75 and lived in Overbrook Park. "Bishop Peterson began his ministry in 1957 by preaching on the street corners of South and West Philadelphia, spreading the word of God to all who would listen," recalled his daughter-in-law, Beverly Peterson. He eventually moved on to a small mission in South Philadelphia, then later converted a vacant movie theater on Spruce Street into a church.
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