June 19, 2013 |
The newest patient for a former Philadelphia surgeon is the City of Rome. Last week, Ignazio Marino won 64 percent of the votes in the Italian capital's mayoral race. He resectioned Rome's ties to incumbent Mayor Gianni Alemanno, promising to suture the Eternal City with a more transparent government. Marino, 58, worked extensively in Philadelphia before his foray into politics. From 2002 to 2006, he did nearly 200 organ transplants at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. In his last year, he headed the transplant division.
October 2, 2011 |
ROME - It is still hot in Rome this time of year. That doesn't mean you shouldn't go. In fact, a little sweat seems a small price to pay for the chance, at almost every corner, to duck into a church where you can sit in the shade and stare at a lustrous virgin by Raphael or a strenuously ardent saint by Caravaggio. Still, on a recent trip to the Eternal City we happened to lodge in the ancient Trastevere section, and on one particularly sweltering day, not wishing to walk too far, we crossed the Tiber River to explore the nearby neighborhood, Rome's former Jewish ghetto.
August 7, 2011 |
It's my third visit to Rome, and the second time that the cobblestone streets of this ancient metropolis serve as my bed. I'm not alone under the dark Roman sky. Thousands in sleeping bags, on cardboard, on thin blankets, transform the area along the Tiber River into a makeshift urban campground. But for many of us, sleep is elusive - not because of the uneven stones, but from ardent anticipation. At this moment, the Eternal City could be described as the "city that never sleeps.
December 8, 2006 |
If Steve Riedell's abstract paintings speak of time, process and memory, it's because they literally embody these things. They've been built, painted, scraped, rejiggered, and repainted, but the basic template remains. They look contemporary but move us in the way that distinguished old buildings do when we catch them in a certain light. Riedell's latest body of work, "Rome Paintings," at Larry Becker Contemporary Art, was inspired by the light he saw while visiting that city. Beneath Riedell's final monochromatic coats of white, gray, and pale aqua, streaky evidence of deeper, previously applied colors can be seen, as if revealed by the ravages of time.
April 7, 2005 |
Lea Zamiecka clung to a red support pole as the bus, fondly known as the "pickpocket express," bumped - in stops and starts - toward Vatican City. Her eyelids drooped from lack of sleep, and her shoulders slumped under the weight of the backpack the 27-year-old student had stuffed at the last minute in Germany. Under one arm, she carried a foam mat for sleeping. Her zip-up sweatshirt was all she had for warmth. "I cannot describe what happened," she said of her sudden decision to come to Rome.
July 20, 2003 |
Soon after his 1994 installation as head of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Louis, Archbishop Justin Rigali decided to visit the archdiocesan seminary. Rigali - who last week was named the new archbishop of Philadelphia - had for the previous 33 years lived in Rome, where he had steeped himself in the Eternal City's culture, climbed the ranks of the Vatican hierarchy, and driven cars very fast. So when he arrived to discover that Kenrick-Glennon Seminary had a long, straight driveway, Rigali floored the gas pedal.
October 1, 2000 |
Her giant banner has hung since midweek from the face of St. Peter's Basilica. A canopied, outdoor altar stands on the steps of the spiritual center for her canonization Mass. A sea of gray chairs fills the center of St. Peter's Square. And thousands of her friends and admirers are here in the Eternal City, scarcely able to believe "the day" is at hand. Forty-five years after Philadelphia's Mother Katharine Drexel died at 96, Pope John Paul II will formally declare her a saint of the Roman Catholic Church early today during a canonization Mass scheduled for 10 a.m. in Rome, 4 a.m. Philadelphia time.
September 29, 2000 |
The pilgrims have reached the Eternal City: giddy, jet-lagged and each with a story to tell. Blessed Mother Katharine Drexel, the uncommon denominator for 1,333 official pilgrims and thousands more traveling on their own, will be canonized as a Roman Catholic saint Sunday in a solemn and colorful ceremony in Piazza San Pietro at the Vatican. The outdoor ceremony, which will be televised live in Philadelphia at 4 a.m. EDT, also recognizes as saints a former slave woman from the Sudan, the founder of a Spanish religious order and 120 Chinese Christian martyrs over three centuries.
June 11, 2000 |
Alan Epstein is taking his own advice - doing as the Romans do by living la dolce vita. And now, five years after moving to Rome, Epstein has collected his impressions of his adopted city in a charming new book, As the Romans Do: The Delights, Dramas, and Daily Diversions of Life in the Eternal City (William Morrow, $20). In the book, Epstein not only covers all the things one would expect in a book about the Eternal City, but also such topics as the sexiness of Romans, being a Jew in Rome, tasty trattorias and hidden bakeries, and two of his favorites, a chapter on anarchy and another on hanging the wash and other joys.