December 21, 2015
Armando Valladares is the author of the best-selling memoir "Against All Hope" and the recipient of the Becket Fund's 2016 Canterbury Medal In December of 1785, George Washington received a letter from Quaker abolitionist Robert Pleasants pleading with him to make a priority of ending slavery. Eighty years later - 150 years ago this month - he got his wish. This month marks the sesquicentennial of the ratification of the 13th Amendment, which officially ended the scourge of slavery in America.
December 14, 2015 |
Annelyssa Reynolds cares deeply about being at the annual Army-Navy Game to cheer for Navy - deeply enough to schedule her wedding around it. Reynolds, of Mount Laurel, and her beloved, David Snyder of York, Pa., exchanged vows at St. Augustine Church in Philadelphia on Friday. Less than 24 hours later, weary but exhilarated, they joined a dozen family members and friends for a pregame, blue-and-gold tailgate party in a parking lot near Lincoln Financial Field. Reynolds, 28, has been going to the Army-Navy Game to cheer for Navy since she was 10, the first time accompanying a friend whose father graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy.
November 29, 2015 |
Mike Mancinelli and Melanie McDonough were home for the holiday, and with time to burn Friday afternoon before the struggling Flyers played Nashville, they visited a corner dubbed "Fan Zone" inside the Modell's store on Snyder Avenue. A wave of discounted despair confronted them. Mark Sanchez and Riley Cooper Eagles jerseys marked 25 percent off. Red Phillies pinstripes with "UTLEY 26" on the back hanging from a rack. The 76ers jersey not yet worn by Joel Embiid, slashed by 50 percent.
November 23, 2015 |
Thanksgiving Eve is generally associated with culinary preparations, not prayer. But since 1981, Marlton's houses of worship have hosted an interfaith observance on the night before the day of turkey, football, and pre-Black Friday frenzy. This year's Community Thanksgiving Service is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday at St. Joan of Arc Church. All are welcome, regardless of religious affiliation or lack thereof. The church is at 100 Willow Bend Rd. "We're appealing to our common religious background, and to nonreligious [people]
November 22, 2015 |
IN ITS 83-year history, Vine Memorial Baptist Church has had precisely two pastors. Founding pastor the Rev. Leonard George Carr presided from 1932 to 1976. The current pastor, the Rev. James S. Allen, arrived in 1978. This New Year's Eve at the congregation's annual Watch Night service, the 79-year-old Allen plans to preach his last sermon. "We always have a Watch Night service," he said. "We start at 10 o'clock and we'll be in worship as the old year passes out and the new year comes in. That's been our history.
November 2, 2015 |
Only once did I ever worry for my safety as a Mets fan in Philadelphia. It was the day of the Phillies' 2008 World Series parade. Oblivious to the citywide party kicking off outside my front door, I wore, as I always did, my Mets ski cap on my way to work. Across the street, a big guy in Phillies gear with a woman on each arm spotted me. I'll never forget the look on his face - shock, turned to horror, turned to fury. He left the girls behind, sprinted through traffic to cross the street, and pointed his finger in my face.
October 31, 2015 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Pressed up against the metal barricade of Gate A at Beaver Stadium on a Saturday morning, hundreds of Penn State students - clad in blue and white jerseys and wearing paw-print face tattoos - lowered into their best running stances. The gate rose, and they were off, sprinting through the empty stadium to their front-row seats in the south end zone. These students had camped out for days, studying, socializing, and sleeping in tents on the concrete outside the stadium before the homecoming game against Indiana earlier this month.
October 13, 2015 |
Holy Cross coach Frank Holmes told his team to stay calm and keep the faith. "We always tell the kids, 'Keep fighting to the end,' " Holmes said. "That's one of the things we pride ourselves on. " It's easy to talk that talk when things are going well. It's a little trickier to walk that walk when a young team is looking at 21-0 deficit at halftime on a rainy Friday night. But Holy Cross rallied in dramatic fashion in a spirited battle with rival Cinnaminson, scoring all its points in the second half of a 34-33 victory.
September 29, 2015 |
The pre-Mass sentiment at the Cherry Street Tavern was unanimous. Pope Francis would deliver. The Eagles would win. Your basic Philly miracle. And so it was on this unusual Sunday, as the tavern at 22d and Cherry Streets served first as an Eagles tailgate party, and later as a refuge for those who couldn't get into the papal Mass. "The pope comes, the Eagles get their first miracle," said patron Rick Lacey, 60, of Springfield, after the team triumphed over the New York Jets, 24-17.
September 29, 2015
WITH GREAT faith, hope and love in my heart, I decorated the front of my house in South Philly to honor and welcome our Holy Father Pope Francis during his visit to Philadelphia. Unfortunately, a sinner robbed my decorations not once but twice! I want to thank you for trying to test my faith, trying to make me angry, trying to make me feed into your evilness! I enjoy being tested! You could rob all the material things I own but you and no one else will ever take my faith away from me!