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March 26, 2014 | BY SEAN COLLINS WALSH, Daily News Staff Writer walshSE@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172 VATICAN CITY - Hours after arriving in Rome, the local delegation did a photo op outside the Pantheon for Philadelphia journalists who made the trip. Reacting to the herd of camera crews following Mayor Nutter and Gov. Corbett, confused Italians and tourists crowded around and asked one another who the celebrities were. Ever the politician, Nutter dived right in, greeting strangers as if they were potential voters at a campaign stop in Philly. He ended up finding a couple from Gettysburg and posted a selfie with them on Twitter. For their first meal in Rome, the group dined at Ristorante Di Rienzo near the Pantheon. They had a traditional three-course Italian meal: antipasto, a pasta dish and a fish entree. Nutter sat with Archbishop Charles Chaput, accounting executive Bob Ciaruffoli and insurance mogul-turned-philanthropist James Maguire. Nutter and his chief of staff, Everett Gillison, left lunch early. Nutter returned to the hotel with a cannoli. City Councilman Jim Kenney, who is not on the Rome trip, is launching a social-media campaign to encourage Pope Francis to come to Philadelphia. His plan is to popularize a #PhillyLovesFrancis hashtag on Twitter and to produce videos and slide shows of local residents explaining why they like the pope. Kenney, a Catholic and a St. Joseph's Prep graduate, said in a statement that a papal visit would be "an opportunity to build on and expand the city's diversity, tolerance for others and hope for the future."
VATICAN CITY — Hours after arriving in Rome, the local delegation did a photo op outside the Pantheon for Philadelphia journalists who made the trip. Reacting to the herd of camera crews following Mayor Nutter and Gov. Corbett, confused Italians and tourists crowded around and asked one another who the celebrities were. Ever the politician, Nutter dived right in, greeting strangers as if they were potential voters at a campaign stop in Philly. He ended up finding a couple from Gettysburg and posted a selfie with them on Twitter.
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March 25, 2014 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
THEY USUALLY don't agree on much, but Mayor Nutter and Gov. Corbett seemed downright giddy yesterday afternoon, moments before they boarded a flight together to Rome. Both leaders, along with Archbishop Charles Chaput of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, are leading a delegation to Italy until March 27 - hoping to convince Pope Francis to visit Philly next year when the city hosts the eighth World Meeting of Families. Selling Philadelphia, Nutter said, will be easy. "Philadelphia, city of freedom, liberty and democracy, was founded on the principal issue of religious tolerance," Nutter said in Terminal A. "Philadelphia is a microcosm of America, one of the most diverse cities in the United States.
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March 25, 2014 | By Jessica Parks and Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writers
One good trip deserves another - or so say Gov. Corbett, Mayor Nutter, and Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, who flew to Rome on Sunday on a mission to persuade Pope Francis to come to Philadelphia next year. In September 2015, Philadelphia will be the first U.S. city to host the World Meeting of Families. Organizers say it's a perfect opportunity for the pope's first visit to this country, as well. "Is the pope coming? I certainly hope so and I can't imagine that he won't," Chaput said at a news conference at the airport Sunday afternoon.
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March 22, 2014 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mayor Nutter announced Thursday the second round of funding for local companies and institutions that are helping develop and grow Philadelphia's startup and tech community. Through the Commerce Department's Startup PHL Call for Ideas, five groups will each receive up to $25,000 to start or further develop programs that promote entrepreneurship in the city. Unlike the Startup PHL Seed Fund, which provides money directly to startup companies, Call for Ideas provides funds to organizations that support entrepreneurs.
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March 16, 2014 | BY JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writer dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
DON'T EXPECT to see Mayor Nutter in tights and ballet slippers when he makes a one-time walk-on appearance at the Pennsylvania Ballet tomorrow. Hizzoner will be joining the cast of "Coppelia!" for a matinee performance at the Academy of Music. Nutter press secretary Mark McDonald said that for 30 to 35 minutes, and for one performance only, Nutter will appear on stage in a nonspeaking role as "the mayor. " He'll greet villagers gathering in a 19th-century village square as they meet a mysterious toymaker who names his doll "Coppelia.
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March 16, 2014 | By Bob Warner, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA There will be no tights. That's the word from Mayor Nutter's office as the mayor prepares for his first appearance with the Pennsylvania Ballet, scheduled for Sunday afternoon at the Academy of Music. The city's 56-year-old chief executive has a one-performance-only role as "The Mayor" in Coppélia , a production described by the company as "ballet's greatest comedy. " Nutter will be on stage about 35 minutes, wearing a dark shirt, dark slacks, a top hat, and a cape, his press secretary, Mark McDonald, said.
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March 10, 2014 | By Karen Heller, Inquirer Columnist
What a difference a year makes. Last March, Mayor Nutter's annual budget address was silenced by a ferocious din of enraged municipal workers with piercing whistles. Council President Darrell Clarke did nothing to preserve order in his chambers. Instead, he declared a recess and left with his assembled troops. An increasingly hoarse Nutter read his speech to an audience of none and was later forced to repeat it to his staff downstairs. There were no shouts or whistles at this year's address.
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March 9, 2014 | BY SEAN COLLINS WALSH, Daily News Staff Writer walshSE@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
MAYOR NUTTER has been involved in his share of negotiations. But he doesn't expect the skills he learned at the bargaining table to come in handy when he, Gov. Corbett and Archbishop Charles Chaput go to the Vatican later this month to ask Pope Francis to come to Philadelphia next year. "I've never spoken to a pope, but I don't think you sell a pope. You wait for a decree and you take what you get," he joked while answering questions at a news conference yesterday. "It's only in Philadelphia that folks talk about trying to seal deals with the pope.
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March 9, 2014 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
Church and civic leaders are heading to Rome soon with hopes of wooing Pope Francis to an enormous international church gathering in Philadelphia next year. Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, Mayor Nutter, and Gov. Corbett said at a Friday news conference that they would meet with Francis at the Vatican to discuss the Eighth World Meeting of Families and invite him to attend. "I hope we'll have a very special visitor," Corbett said. The March 23 to 27 trip would focus on planning for the event with Vatican officials, Chaput said, but the three would meet in a private audience with Francis on March 26. A celebration of traditional family life and values, the five-day gathering of prayer, teaching, and jubilee will promote Roman Catholic values, Chaput said, but will have an "interfaith" and "ecumenical" feel.
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