December 1, 2014 |
From the Art Museum to City Hall, filling Benjamin Franklin Parkway and flowing down Broad Street, as many as two million people may pour into Philadelphia when Pope Francis says Mass at the close of next year's World Meeting of Families. Yet Francis and 99 percent of those crowds will never hear the beating heart of the six-day international gathering that will precede his Sept. 26 arrival. Called the Congress of the World Meeting, it will offer a four-day encounter with the Catholic Church's teaching on that sometimes troubled, often beautiful thing called "family" as it plays out in the modern world.
January 6, 2001 |
A former reporter for The Inquirer has settled a lawsuit in which he claimed he was defamed by the newspaper's top editor. Ralph Cipriano, a former religion writer, and Philadelphia Newspapers Inc., publisher of The Inquirer, issued a joint announcement yesterday saying Cipriano's litigation against the newspaper had ended. The terms of the settlement, including any financial details, were not made public. A confidentiality provision was made part of the agreement. Cipriano, 46, and Inquirer editor Robert J. Rosenthal both said they were pleased that the lawsuit had been resolved.
August 8, 1998 |
Inquirer reporter Ralph Cipriano yesterday sued his newspaper and its editor, contending that he was defamed in remarks made by editor Robert J. Rosenthal about Cipriano's reporting on the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The suit, filed in Common Pleas Court, contends that Rosenthal's comments - quoted in a Washington Post article in June - destroyed Cipriano's reputation, injuring his opportunities for advancement and future employment. The article by Post media critic Howard Kurtz reported on a controversy over Cipriano's assertion that The Inquirer had refused to publish all of his investigative findings about the archdiocese and Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua.
August 25, 1998 |
A reporter for The Inquirer who filed a libel lawsuit against the newspaper and its editor on Aug. 7 has been fired. Ralph Cipriano, who had asserted publicly that the newspaper refused to print critical stories he had written about the Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia, said yesterday that two editors hand-delivered a dismissal letter to him at his home Friday. Pamela Browner, a spokeswoman for Philadelphia Newspapers Inc., publisher of The Inquirer and Daily News, declined to comment, saying the company considers personnel matters confidential.
January 26, 2014 |
Will Pope Francis visit Philadelphia next year? That question was sparked by a National Catholic Reporter story Friday that said the pontiff "has expressed an intention" to visit the United States in September 2015. The reason for his visit would be to attend the World Meeting of Families, a major Catholic event to be held in Philadelphia that Sept. 22 to 27. But it could expand to include a trip to New York City for an address to the United Nations. The Vatican does not officially announce papal visits until several months in advance, and the Reporter said Vatican sources cautioned that circumstances could change.
October 20, 2014 |
An assembly of Roman Catholic bishops gathered to consider new ways their church might minister to families in the 21st century has backed away from the unprecedented message of welcome to homosexuals it had issued early last week. In the final report issued Saturday, the 183 bishops gathered in Rome discarded a statement from an interim document Monday that had declared that "homosexuals have gifts and qualities to offer to the Christian community. " Similarly, a section in Monday's document titled "Welcoming Homosexual Persons," was replaced in the final document with a title reading, "The Pastoral Care of Persons With Homosexual Orientation.
June 30, 2013 |
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput warned his flock Friday that some mixed financial news will be coming their way next week. In his weekly column on the Archdiocese of Philadelphia website, Chaput wrote that although efforts to shore up church finances were working, the report for the fiscal year July 1, 2011, to June 30, 2012, "will reflect almost none of the progress. " The report is due out Wednesday. "While the results are serious - and that's an understatement - they have the virtue of being honest and accurate," the archbishop wrote.
August 22, 2013 |
In an aggressive move to help remedy its deep financial woes, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia said Tuesday that it had put its six nursing homes up for sale. The archdiocese also said it would attempt to lease out 11 cemeteries and two parcels that could be used as cemeteries. In addition, the archdiocese said it would try to outsource the management of the cemeteries, a move that could cut costs and increase revenue. "Our difficult financial situation must be addressed and the actions that we need to take may be painful ones," Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said in a news release.
April 17, 2002 |
Through all the joys and trials in Anne Houghton's life, the Catholic Church has been there for her. Now, with the church facing a crisis of biblical proportions, Houghton is returning the favor. "In any family, people have problems. We don't give up on them. We try to help them. It's the same with the church," said Houghton, 61, who raised six children in St. Timothy's Parish, in the Mayfair section of the city. Elizabeth Smith is not as forgiving. She refuses to put one penny more in the collection plate until the church comes clean with the names of priests accused of sexual abuse of children.
November 18, 2007 |
Around the Vatican, where cardinals and bishops and even monsignors are known to assume patrician airs, Archbishop John Foley stays down to earth. Strolling across the foyer of the Savoy Hotel, where he is about to address a conference, the Darby native says: "Let's wait here. " He slips inside a dim storage room strewn with suitcases and tablecloths and eases his ample frame onto a sofa. Moments later, a porter enters and does a double-take. "No, no," the man says: A distinguished prelate does not belong here.