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February 15, 2016 | By Matt Breen, Staff Writer
Academy of the New Church captured six of the final seven weight classes to knock off Westtown, 41-26, for the Friends Schools League wrestling championship. Graham Johnson started the stretch with a pin at 170 pounds. Jamie Earle (195) added a decision, and Brayden Boyeson (220) and Kyle Cole (285) won by forfeit. Mike Antonyuk (106) scored a major decision, and Declan Durran (113) won by fall. PIAA AAA Duals. Jordan Wood (220) scored a pin in 49 seconds, but it was not enough as Boyertown fell in the championship final to Bethlehem Catholic, 37-12.
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February 13, 2016
By John Nivala The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has said that any historic designation of any church property without its consent "allows the government to place undue restrictions on religious structures and property, which in effect interferes with the free practice of our religion. " If Philadelphia were Seattle, that position would be spot on. The Washington state Supreme Court, using the state's constitution, has found that even initiating the designation procedure violates a church's right to free exercise of religion.
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February 10, 2016 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Staff Writer
The moment that St. John Chrysostom Church in Wallingford was accepting a national award for its efforts to welcome people with disabilities was the moment that Helen Howlett was coping with a familiar struggle. The paralegal was in the church lobby, tending to her nephew E.J., who has autism. The 6-year-old scooted from door to door, yelled out his name, and tried to escape the grasp of his harried aunt. "Even in an accessible church, it's not easy," said Howlett, of South Philadelphia, E.J.'s guardian.
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February 6, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
Police are seeking information about recent thefts at two Catholic churches in Northeast Philadelphia. Shortly before 8 p.m. Tuesday, a woman entered St. Martha Parish on the 11300 block of Academy Road and is believed to have stolen about $1,700, said the Rev. Al Masluk, pastor of the church. The money had been in the basement, where a book fair had been held earlier during the school day, said Masluk. In surveillance videos released by police Thursday, a white woman is seen trying different doors to the church before entering the lobby through the main entrance.
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February 4, 2016 | Valerie Russ, Staff Writer
An overflow crowd packed the sanctuary and the balconies of Mother Bethel AME Church and the first floor of its Fellowship Hall Tuesday for a ceremony celebrating the new stamp in honor of Richard Allen, founder of the historic house of worship. The stamp's release coincides with the 200th anniversary of the 1816 conference of African American Methodist ministers called by Allen to form a new independent African Methodist Episcopal Church. Allen was born into slavery on Feb. 14, 1760 on an estate owned by Philadelphian Benjamin Chew.
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February 4, 2016 | BY VALERIE RUSS, Staff Writer
CYNTHIA KING drove from her home in Stamford, Conn., for the ceremony at Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church honoring the first day of the U.S. Postal Service's Richard Allen forever stamp. "This is a historic moment in time," said King, 62, historiographer of the AME church's first district, which includes the region from Boston to Philadelphia. "I had to be here. " The stamp is being released in conjunction with the 200th anniversary of the 1816 conference at which Allen called for other African American Methodist ministers to form an independent African Methodist Episcopal Church.
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February 2, 2016 | BY VALERIE RUSS, Staff Writer
THE REV. Robert Levan Gravely II, a Mantua church pastor, died after suffering a heart attack Jan. 17, the day after his 61st birthday, a son said. Gravely had worked in management for Rite Aid before becoming pastor of the Jesus Christ Church of the Apostolic Faith. He lived in Yeadon, Delaware County. "He was an excellent father," his son Steven said, "dedicated, hardworking. He wanted the best for his family and he worked hard to provide the best for us. " Gravely had worked his way up to become a regional manager with Rite Aid, his family said.
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February 1, 2016 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
A shocking act of vandalism has inspired an outpouring of love from outside and inside a Catholic parish in Lindenwold. "We're praying for whoever did this," says the Rev. Joseph Capella, the pastor of St. Lawrence Church, where sections of stained-glass windows were smashed and the central altar was trashed shortly before noon Jan. 6. The perpetrator "must have been filled with rage," says Capella, 54, a Hammonton native who continues to set...
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January 26, 2016 | By Julia Terruso, STAFF WRITER
The roof of a Downingtown church caved in Saturday under the weight of two feet of snow, leaving the pastor to live-stream Sunday's services from his living room and leaving a congregation of 1,600 without a place to worship. Pastor Lee Wiggins of Calvary Fellowship said an alarm alerted a security company that sprinkers had gone off Saturday night. Wiggins drove through the blizzard to find the source of the alarm and walked into the 1,100-seat auditorium to find the roof collapsed.
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January 25, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
The Rev. Ernst Gerhart Schmidt, 84, of Huntingdon Valley, founding minister of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church and a writer, TV preacher, and creator of senior communities in the Philadelphia area, died Friday, Jan. 15, at Luther Woods Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Hatboro. He died of complications from a stroke, his family said. Born in Chicago, at the start of the Great Depression, he moved with his family to Olney when his father, the Rev. Ernst Schmidt, a well-known German Lutheran pastor, was assigned to Philadelphia's Tabor Lutheran Church.
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