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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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December 12, 2012 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
Even as a demolition contractor hovered around the historic Church of the Assumption wondering about bidding for the job, a city agency issued a temporary reprieve for the Spring Garden Street landmark. It was not quite the salvation for the church linked to two of Philadelphia's Catholic saints - it will take more than a temporary stay to avert its demise - but the city's Licenses and Inspection Review Board on Tuesday froze the demolition permit pending a Jan. 8 hearing. The ruling left neighbors hopeful of finding a new buyer to preserve the 1849, Patrick Keeley-designed brownstone church with distinctive twin copper-dipped spires, and left the current owner frustrated by further delays.
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October 4, 2013 | BY VALERIE RUSS, Daily News Staff Writer russv@phillynews.com, 215-854-5987
THE CHURCH OF the Advocate made national history when the Rev. Paul Washington allowed the ordination at the North Philadelphia church of the first 11 women as Episcopal priests. That was in 1974. Two years later, the national church finally approved what had been an unauthorized ordination. The church, at 18th and Diamond streets, became known as a gathering place for what some considered to be controversial meetings on the heels of the civil-rights movement. In 1968 and again in 1970, the church, designed in the Gothic Revival style of a European cathedral, opened its doors for both the National Conference on Black Power and the Black Panther Convention.
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June 14, 2013 | BY VALERIE RUSS, Daily News Staff Writer russv@phillynews.com, 215-854-5987
WORSHIPERS at the historically Hispanic church La Milagrosa will gather tonight to begin praying a novena, nine straight nights of prayer, in hopes of keeping the small Catholic chapel in Spring Garden from being sold and closed for good on June 30. "In our Catholic faith, we are told that if we pray with faith and it is God's will, some things are granted," Maria Miranda, one of the leaders of Salvemos La Milagrosa , or Save La Milagrosa, said...
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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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February 18, 1988 | Inquirer photos by Gerald S. Williams
For the celebration of his first Mass as archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Anthony J. Bevilacqua chose Archbishop Ryan High School in Northeast Philadelphia. About 1,600 high school students from throughout the archdiocese came to see Bevilacqua, who succeeded Cardinal John Krol a week ago. In his homily, Archbishop Bevilacqua talked about sex, drugs, suicide and the pursuit of power. He also praised the students in attendance, saying they were among the church's most valuable, treasured resources.
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January 8, 1990 | By Joe Clark, Daily News Staff Writer
You might get an argument about Randall Cunningham being the Eagles' MVP. But in the minds of the 800 or so members of St. John Baptist Church in Camden, there's little doubt that Cunningham is the church's MVP - Most Valuable Parishioner. To them, the star quarterback is definitely No. 1. This was evident during St. John's 11 a.m. service yesterday when the church "went into an uproar" after it was disclosed that Cunningham was giving the church a nice little nest egg. Call it an Eagles' nest.
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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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December 23, 2012
A church in Millville, Cumberland County, was destroyed in a three-alarm fire Saturday afternoon, officials said. Fire crews were called about noon to In His Presence Worship Center, where firefighters found the steeple and the roof on fire, Millville Fire Department Chief Kurt Hess said. There were parishioners inside the church when the fire broke out, Hess said, but all escaped without injuries. Crews were on the scene until after 8 p.m., Hess said. "It was a pretty big church, and we wanted to make sure it was out," he said.
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July 13, 2011 | Staff Report
Police are investigating a report from a woman who said she was sexually assaulted in a Center City church yard early today. The 31-year-old woman told police a man ripped off her shirt, pulled up her skirt and masturbated in front of her about 3 a.m. in the yard of St. Mark's Episcopal Church on the 1600 block of Locust Street. The woman was not physically harmed. Police have not yet provided a detailed description of the suspect. Contact the Online Breaking News Desk at online@phillynews.com or 215-854-2443.   
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