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NEWS
September 25, 2015
WASHINGTON - What a way to start. If the White House welcome of Pope Francis was any indication of what's coming in the next few days (including, of course, in Philadelphia), the pontiff's visit to America promises to be immensely impressive. At the "People's House," on a flawless first day of fall, all stops were pulled for the "People's Pope. " Under a brilliant morning sky at a ceremony yesterday including military bands and welcoming remarks by President Obama, some 11,000 invited and ticketed guests enthusiastically embraced His Holiness and his message.
NEWS
September 25, 2015
SINCE MARCH 2013, when Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Buenos Aires became Pope Francis of the Universe, I've written about him at least 20 times. My first words, just a few hours after he'd been selected by his fellow churchmen in Rome, spoke of "a gentle warrior" who married the twin characteristics of the Jesuit soldier of Christ to the peaceful caretaker of all creatures, great and small whose name he'd adopted as a symbol of his mission. At that point, I had no idea how prophetic my words would be. Francis has turned out to be a true warrior in his own fashion.
NEWS
September 19, 2015 | By Tom Avril, Inquirer Staff Writer
In June, Pope Francis made headlines when he challenged the world to take action against climate change and other environmental ills. Those who deny the scientific evidence that humans pose a threat to the climate were not amused, and on Thursday, a week before the pontiff arrives in Philadelphia, some of them struck back. Representatives from the Heartland Institute, a conservative Chicago-based think tank, joined the local Independence Hall Foundation and other advocates in railing against what one them called "eco-zealots.
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September 18, 2015 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
NEARLY FOUR MONTHS ago, Pope Francis decried global warming as a man-made catastrophe requiring immediate ecological activism and blamed modern materialism for turning the planet into "an immense pile of filth. " Yesterday, a few folks in Philly didn't mince words in their opinions of the pollution-busting pleas the pope made last May in his encyclical, Laudato si '. Paganism, declared one. "What is environmentalism but nature worship?" said Gene Koprowski, marketing director of the Heartland Institute.
NEWS
September 4, 2015 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
The Christie administration on Wednesday officially moved to block the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's implementation of new clean-energy rules, blasting them as "unprecedented regulatory overreach. " Gov. Christie, who is seeking the Republican presidential nomination, announced his opposition to the rules immediately after President Obama unveiled them last month as part of an ambitious effort to combat climate change. On Wednesday, Christie's top environmental regulator, Bob Martin, wrote to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy requesting a stay of implementation and a proceeding for reconsideration of the rules.
NEWS
August 19, 2015
ISSUE | DISCRIMINATION On knowing when to say 'Aye, aye' A county clerk refuses to issue marriage licenses to gay couples - in other words, to do her job. She is fired and ends up on the talk-show circuit, wailing and crying about how she was discriminated against because the state expected her to fulfill her properly constituted function. It reminds me that back when I was in the Navy, we had a disbursing clerk, or "DK," who refused to make payments to some sailors. Our DK thought the payments were improper even though they were authorized by rules set down by Congress - that is, by people who were way above his pay grade.
NEWS
August 17, 2015 | By Sandy Bauers, For The Inquirer
The battle over President Obama's clean power plan - in Congress and the courts, in the realms of commerce and common conversation - will rage for some time. But few are debating the value of the potential health benefits, which are expected to be significant. In the final rule announced Aug. 3, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has set a goal of reducing carbon pollution from the power-generating sector by 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. This major climate-change initiative focuses on power plants because they are a major contributor to carbon pollution, accounting for one-third of all carbon emissions in the U.S. The EPA has predicted that once the reductions are met, Americans will avoid up to 90,000 asthma attacks a year.
NEWS
June 15, 2015 | By David O'Reilly and Tom Avril, Inquirer Staff Writers
On the day he was elected pope, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina stood before a line of his fellow cardinals to receive their blessings. "Don't forget the poor," whispered his Brazilian friend, Cardinal Claudio Hummes, as the two embraced in the Sistine Chapel. And with that, Bergoglio knew the papal name he would choose. "Immediately I thought of St. Francis of Assisi," he later said. "A man of poverty, a man who loved and protected creation. " To the delight of many around the world - and the consternation of many others - Francis on Thursday will honor his namesake with an encyclical asserting that modern climate change is real, mostly man-made, and of compelling moral concern because global warming is an affliction wrought by wealthy nations with disproportionate impact on the poor.
NEWS
June 15, 2015 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
When he learned in April that Pope Francis was preparing an encyclical on climate change, Rabbi Arthur Waskow was "really inspired. " Then the white-bearded lion of progressive Judaism asked himself, "What next?" For more than three decades, Waskow, 82, has devoted himself and his Shalom Center in East Mount Airy to peace, civil rights, and the environment. That the leader of the Roman Catholic Church would speak out on what Waskow calls "global scorching" deserved, he decided, "a response from the Jewish community.
NEWS
June 12, 2015
ISSUE | EARLY LEARNING Smart move We applaud Mayor Nutter and the leadership at Shared Prosperity Philadelphia for developing a plan to reduce poverty in the city based on helping all children capitalize on their potential ("Nutter, Kenney trumpet new push for early-childhood learning," June 3). We know what works. Abundant research has found that the preschool years are a critical time for brain development. Early learning efforts that focus not only on skill acquisition, but also on helping children develop positive beliefs about their own potential to succeed, have the power to change the trajectory of their lives.
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