April 6, 2014 |
COURTNEY WILSON was once a prominent member of the Remnant Church of God 7th Day, on Ogontz Avenue, near 77th Street in Cedarbrook. It was due to the position he held at the church that he came in contact with the teenage girls, whom he first befriended and later sexually assaulted. By the time Philadelphia police arrested Wilson in December 2011, he had violated at least five girls, including a relative. On Friday, Wilson, 58, was sentenced to 15 to 30 years in state prison for two counts of rape, three counts of corrupting the morals of a minor and related charges.
April 1, 2014 |
Pete Rose came to church Sunday morning wearing a silver blazer, a black mock turtleneck, black slacks, and white shoes, his hair set in a dyed-black halo atop his wide, flat head. He had come not as parishioner or penitent but as the star attraction, the focus of what was supposed to be a lesson in the power of redemption and self-forgiveness. He had come to Christ's Church of the Valley - an independent Christian church headquartered amid the hills and sleek modern homes of Royersford - at the invitation of its pastor, Brian Jones, and its leadership council.
April 1, 2014 |
When the leaders of a Royersford church in this Montgomery County community wanted to offer a Sunday teaching on second chances, they turned to an expert: Pete Rose. Famously banned from baseball for betting on games as a manager, Rose took a seat on a brightly lit stage at Christ's Church of the Valley to talk about his life in the game and why he should be allowed back into it. "I was wrong," Rose said of his gambling. But this was not part of a Pete Rose rehabilitation tour.
March 28, 2014 |
VATICAN CITY - Sister Mary Scullion has spent a lifetime fighting homelessness in Philadelphia and has been recognized nationally for her work. Now, her cause has a global champion. "Pope Francis has breathed new life and hope and possibility into the church around the world . . . especially because of his commitment to the poor and those that are outside the margins of society," Scullion said. "I feel much more a part of the church under his leadership, to be honest. " Pope Francis invited homeless men to his 77th birthday celebration and has been rumored to sneak out of the Vatican in the middle of the night to care for the homeless.
March 27, 2014 |
VATICAN CITY - There will be no "private audience" with Pope Francis after all. The delegation of Philadelphians who came to the Vatican this week to invite the Holy Father to Philadelphia next year announced late last night that a private meeting at the papal residence scheduled for this morning had been cancelled. Instead, Francis will greet the guests during one of his weekly "general audiences" in St. Peter's Square. Shortly after hearing the news, Gov. Corbett said it was just as well.
March 24, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA Archbishop Charles J. Chaput apologized Saturday to victims of sexual abuse by the Catholic clergy and referred to "the negligence of the church's pastors" in allowing it to occur. "I apologize on behalf of the church," Chaput said in his homily at a late-afternoon "Mass for Healing for Victims of Clergy Sexual Abuse," attended by some 250 people. Similar Masses have been held elsewhere for victims of clergy sex abuse, but this was the first in Philadelphia, coming at a time when the archdiocese and Chaput have been strongly criticized by some groups of victims.
March 23, 2014 |
Mary Alice Foster Short, 79, of Philadelphia, who was revered because of the leadership role she played at her church, died Thursday, March 6, of cancer at her home. Mrs. Short was active, until her death, at Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Holmesburg. Although she was addressed as "Reverend," she did not have a doctor of divinity degree. Instead, she earned an advanced degree in Bible studies from Manna Bible Institute in Philadelphia. Mrs. Short retired in 1988 after working for 30 years as a secretary for the Philadelphia Board of Education.
March 16, 2014 |
Danny Jackson stepped into Archbishop Ryan's gym with 0.6 seconds remaining, then glanced at the scoreboard to see his Math, Civics and Sciences boys' basketball squad ahead of Church Farm by one point. Because of the funeral of his beloved uncle James, Jackson turned the coaching reins over to athletic director Lonnie Diggs on Friday night. "Everything I am as a man I owe to my uncle," said Jackson, whose Mighty Elephants rallied late to nip the Griffins, 47-46, in a PIAA Class A state quarterfinal.
March 8, 2014 |
The notion paralyzed Lisa Chifokoyo with fear. She had three hours to come up with $2,000 - or her husband could die. Rob Chifokoyo's kidney was failing. He was weak, couldn't eat, and wasn't responding to treatment. He needed emergency dialysis, and Lisa, 27, had tracked down the only nephrologist in their native Zimbabwe who could perform the procedure. But the doctor wanted money up front: That's how it worked in Zimbabwe. And he gave them a deadline. "Pretty scary," Lisa said through tears this week, recalling the moment that Rob called "rock bottom.
March 3, 2014 |
Church Farm captured its fourth consecutive PIAA District 1 Class A boys' basketball championship Saturday, but there was only a low-key celebration afterward. That's because the Griffins looked as if they were, as coach Marc Turner put it afterward, "going through the motions" for most of their 68-60 triumph over Phil-Mont Christian at Villanova's Pavilion. In beating its Bicentennial Athletic League rival, Church Farm committed 12 turnovers in the first three quarters and led by only three points early in the fourth.