January 26, 2016
PHILADELPHIA Building & Theater Tour Tour focusing on the Kimmel Center's history & architectural highlights. Organ demos on 1st Sats. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999. Free. Building Bridges of Faith: Photographs of Papal Visits to the Holy Land Stirring images from both recent & historic papal visits to Israel. National Liberty Museum, 321 Chestnut St.; 215-925-2800. Included in admission. 1/25. DELAWARE COUNTY Wayne: Craft Forms Annual juried exhibit of fine contemporary crafts.
December 23, 2014
HERE WE ARE again, on the threshold of Christmas, when the wish is for peace and love. Tragically, one of the least peaceful and loving places on Earth is the Holy Land. Maybe the coming year will bring improvement, maybe not. Probably not. History does not create confidence in the future. While I look ahead to Thursday, I do not forget the (not-quite) co-equal celebration, the Jewish Festival of Lights, that we're in the middle of. It's not amazing, but American: The two holidays co-exist peacefully.
April 1, 2013 |
It took 104 years, but Bucks County resident Eleanor Hall is finally making a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. She leaves Wednesday, along with her daughter, two granddaughters, and other members of the Addisville Reformed Church in Richboro. "I haven't seen many pictures of Israel, so everything is going to be new and exciting," Hall said. Her daughter, Evelyn Sellers, is looking forward most of all to the Garden of Gethsemane and being baptized in the Jordan River. "There's just so much excitement with everything.
July 26, 2012 |
A 73-year-old Montgomery County man was sentenced today to five years in prison for bilking would be pilgrims to the Holy Land. Baird, of Elkins Park, operated Christian Pilgrim Tours, Inc. Between April 2006 and Feb. 2007 he advertised in Catholic magazines and enlisted church leaders to encourage their parishioners to join a tour. Baird collected $400,000 from at least 138 clients who had hoped to travel to the Middle East. But Baird took their money and used it for person expenses.
January 30, 2012 |
An Montgomery County man admitted in federal court this morning that he flimflammed elderly church members with promises of booking them on trips to the Holy Land. Federal prosecutors said John B. Baird, 73, defrauded 138 church members out of $423,577. Sentencing for Baird, who pleaded guilty to four counts of mail fraud, is set for May 7. Baird, of Elkins Park, formerly owned and operated Christian Pilgrim Tours, Inc., which organized trips to various Holy Land sites in Israel, Italy, France, Poland and other places, the government said.
December 16, 2011 |
Beloved in life for his broad smile and gregarious ways, the late Cardinal John P. Foley lay in state Thursday, uncharacteristically solemn, as hundreds of mourners made their way up the aisle to his bier in the chapel of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood. A priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia who spent 27 years in Rome as a spokesman for the Vatican and grand master of a papal knighthood, Foley died Sunday at age 76 after a long bout with leukemia and anemia. His open bronze casket, flanked by two seminarians, rested under the vaulted ceiling of the majestic St. Martin of Tours Chapel.
October 11, 2010
Far-right party surges in Austria VIENNA, Austria - The far right surged in local elections Sunday in Vienna, the Austrian capital, securing the biggest gains in votes and mandates after a campaign laced with anti-Islamic rhetoric. With only absentee ballots left to be counted, the anti-immigrant Freedom Party won 27.1 percent and 29 seats in the regional parliament - a huge boost from the 14.8 percent it garnered in 2005, and near its record high of 27.9 percent in 1996, when Joerg Haider was at its helm.
September 28, 2010 |
IT WASN'T the Jews, it was the booze. As Ozzy Osbourne prepares for his first concert in Israel, the former Black Sabbath (in Israel, Black Shabbot ) front man says it was alcohol, not politics, that has kept him away. Ozzy is in Israel as part of this year's international Ozzfest tour, along with Soulfly and Korn . Today's performance will be his first in the Holy Land. "I try to stay away from politics," Ozzy said Sunday in Tel Aviv. "They don't understand me and I don't understand them.