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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.
NEWS
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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September 21, 2013 | By Darran Simon, Inquirer Staff Writer
FRANKLIN TWP. Twenty-five years ago, Kathie Ramos married her husband at St. Mary's, a small, decades-old redbrick church resembling a schoolhouse. The couple's five children were baptized there. "It's a quaint little church, but it has a lot of spirituality," said Ramos, a stay-at-home mother. On Thursday, she and other parishioners were saddened to discover that several stone statues were vandalized at the small Franklin Township church. Priests here have ministered to generations, including at least one member whose ancestors from Italy helped erect the building.
NEWS
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.   
NEWS
March 12, 2013 | Washington Post
AMAJORITY OF American Roman Catholics consider the church out of touch with their views, and they want the new pope to usher in policies that reflect more modern attitudes, according to a new Washington Post -ABC News poll. The poll suggests most Catholics in the United States hope the next pope will move the church in a new direction that someday could include married priests and female priests. Yet even as six in 10 Catholics characterize the church as not in line with their attitudes and lifestyles, 86 percent said it remains relevant, according to the poll, conducted last week.
NEWS
December 11, 2012 | By Inga Saffron, INQUIRER ARCHITECTURE CRITIC
As hopes dwindle for the Church of the Assumption, preservationists are frantically pursuing legal measures aimed at preventing a developer from starting demolition work Tuesday at the historic site linked to two of Philadelphia's Catholic saints. The lawyer for the Callowhill Neighborhood Association, Samuel Stretton, said Monday he had made an emergency plea to a city building agency asking it to freeze the demolition permit. That agency, the Licenses and Inspections Review Board, is expected to consider his request Tuesday - the same day John Wei's demolition permit becomes effective.
NEWS
July 26, 2012 | Breaking News Desk
A driver who had been stabbed twice crashed an SUV close to the side of a church in the Olney section of Philadelphia. Homicide detectives say they are investigating the incident that began about 12:30 a.m. today when police were first called to the scene of an accident on the 400 block of West Duncannon Avenue. There, they found a small black SUV had crashed into to a house, which is situated next to a driveway for the Incarnation of Our Lord Catholic Church. The driver, believed to be in his early 20s, had serious injuries from two stabbed wounds to the chest.
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July 12, 2012 | By Valerie Russ and Daily News Staff Writer
T HE CHURCH of the Assumption, a building on the city's historic register that had been the focus of court fights over its possible demolition, was sold on July 5 to a real-estate developer. The new owner is John Wei, of JI Investments LLC, said Cathy McGuire, executive director of Siloam, a nonprofit that provides counseling for people with HIV/AIDS and other services. The organization had won permission to demolish the church from the Philadelphia Historical Commission but stiff community opposition scuttled that plan.
NEWS
February 2, 2013 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Msgr. Henry B. Degnan, 91, retired pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Aston, who delivered wise counsel and one-liners along with the homily, died Monday, Jan. 28, of a heart attack at Mercy Suburban Hospital. "It's heaven's gain," said the Rev. Joseph C. Dieckhaus of Exton, a friend and colleague. Msgr. Degnan, known as "Harry," was born on Aug. 20, 1921, the Feast of St. Bernard, from which his middle name was derived. Raised in Norristown, Msgr. Degnan attended St. Patrick School, but was expected to take public transportation to West Catholic High School for Boys.
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February 24, 2013 | BY VALERIE RUSS, Daily News Staff Writer russv@phillynews.com, 215-854-5987
THE CASES of two historic buildings facing demolition went before the city's Board of License and Inspections Review Friday with different outcomes. The board upheld a stay blocking demolition of the Church of the Assumption, at 11th and Spring Garden streets, which has ties to two Catholic saints: John Neumann and Katharine Drexel. The board said it continued the stay because of a pending earlier appeal in Commonwealth Court. But residents near a former mansion at 40th and Pine streets lost a round Friday, when the board split in a 2-2 tie to stop the mansion's demolition.
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