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July 27, 2013 | By Nicole Winfield, Marco Sibaja, and Jenny Barchfield, Associated Press
RIO DE JANEIRO - Pope Francis showed his rebel side Thursday, urging young Catholics to shake up the church and make a "mess" in their dioceses by going out into the streets to spread the faith. It's a message he put into practice by visiting one of Rio's most violent slums and opening the church's World Youth Day on a rain-soaked Copacabana Beach. Francis was elected pope on a mandate to reform the church, and in four months he has started doing just that: He has broken long-held Vatican rules on everything from where he lays his head at night to how saints are made.
NEWS
July 24, 2013 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil - Frenzied crowds of Roman Catholics mobbed the car carrying Pope Francis yesterday when he returned to his home continent for the first time as pontiff, embarking on a seven-day visit meant to fan the fervor of the faithful around the globe. During Francis' first minutes in Brazil, ecstatic believers swarmed around the closed Fiat several times when it was forced to stop by heavy traffic on the drive from the airport to an official ceremony in Rio's center. A few security guards struggled mightily to push the crowd back in scenes that at times looked alarming.
NEWS
July 24, 2013 | By Ken Thomas and Josh Lederman, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - His second-term agenda on the line, President Obama urged his most ardent supporters to mount a summertime show of support that can rival any opposition Obama and Democrats may face from constituents next month. "We've got to get folks activated and involved," Obama declared. Obama spoke Monday to a summit of Organizing for Action, a group formed from the president's 2012 reelection campaign with the express goal of backing his policy priorities. The Democratic Party's other most prominent figures, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California, joined him in asking supporters for help in promoting the party's legislative goals.
NEWS
July 5, 2013
IF YOU LOOK at a Catholic calendar (and, I mean, who hasn't, right?), virtually every day is devoted to the veneration of one or more patron saints. My own namesake, Christine, is the patroness of mental illness, which prompted several irate readers to send me cards last July 24 suggesting I pray harder. My favorite days are those devoted to the warrior or martyred saints, the ones who "did not go gentle" but took a stand for their faith. Chief among them is St. Michael, patron of the soldier and policeman, who protects whoever goes into battle (whether martial or personal.)
SPORTS
July 2, 2013 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
LOS ANGELES - Jimmy Rollins couldn't believe what he heard, so he engaged second-base umpire Dale Scott in a brief conversation. Rollins turned and was about to fire the baseball back to Kyle Kendrick, but still couldn't believe Scott didn't see Yasiel Puig come off second after he overslid the bag on a steal in the fourth inning. So the shortstop engaged the umpire again, to no avail. Less than 5 minutes later, Scott's blown call showed up on the previous unblemished scoreboard at Dodger Stadium.
NEWS
June 24, 2013
Rabbi Moshe Greenberg, 84, a religious educator who survived a brutal gulag in Siberia and secretly taught Judaism under an oppressive Soviet regime, has died in Israel. The Hasidic Chabad Lubavitch movement, of which Mr. Greenberg was a member, said he died Tuesday. Mr. Greenberg was born to a Hassidic family in Moldavia at a time when Jews were oppressed and Jewish practices were forbidden by the Soviets, Chabad said Thursday. At 14, he went to Tashkent in Uzbekistan to study Judaism at a secret Chabad seminary.
NEWS
June 23, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Catherine Schaible was freed on bail Friday to await trial in the faith healing death of her infant son. Common Pleas Court Judge Benjamin Lerner's ruling came with restrictions: Schaible must pay $250,000 bail and live in her parents' home under electronically monitored house arrest. Lerner said Schaible may only leave the house to go to court, meet her lawyer, or for court-supervised visits with her children. No mention was made of leaving the house to attend religious services at First Century Gospel Church, the Juniata Park congregation where Schaible, 43, and husband Herbert, 44, are members.
NEWS
June 23, 2013 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
THE LEADERS of a Juniata Park church that preaches faith healing appeared to distance themselves yesterday from a church couple accused of murdering their pneumonia-stricken baby by praying for him instead of getting him medical care. The pastor and assistant pastor of First Century Gospel Church testified during a detention hearing for Catherine Schaible, 43, who is charged with husband Herbert, 45, in the April 18 death of their 7-month-old son Brandon. Common Pleas Judge Benjamin Lerner ruled that Catherine Schaible can post bail and leave jail, where she has been since the couple was arrested May 22. Lerner rejected Herbert's bail request Thursday.
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