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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.
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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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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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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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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 9, 2011 | BY DAN GERINGER, geringd@phillynews.com 215-854-5961
DURING his spiritually soaring Mass of Installation yesterday, Philadelphia's down-to-earth new archbishop took time to say that he knows things are less than heavenly here at the moment. "This Church in Philadelphia faces very serious challenges these days," said Archbishop Charles Chaput, who takes over a diocese reeling from charges of priests sexually abusing children while the church hierarchy covered up the crimes. "There's no quick fix to problems that are so difficult, and none of us here today, except the Lord Himself, is a miracle worker," Chaput said at the Cathedral Basilica of Ss. Peter and Paul.
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February 8, 2012 | Staff Report
A three-alarm fire severely damaged a warehouse at B St. and Indiana Ave. overnight in the city's Kensington section. Fire crews were dispatched shortly after 1 a.m. today for what was then an already heavy fire, according to scanner reports. It quickly became a three alarm fire in the one-story, 1,000 square-foot brick building which bore a sign: Hua Feng Beverage Company. At least part of the warehouse collapsed as firefighters battled the blaze. The fire was placed under control about 2 a.m. without reports of any injuries.
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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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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.
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