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July 25, 2014
YESTERDAY was my feast day, or, as the Italians call it, my onomastico . Since I live in the United States, it went completely unnoticed. Had I lived in Italy, however, I would have been showered with cards and phone calls. That's because about 75 percent of the paesani are named after saints, and the other 25 percent are named "Sal," which is short for "Salvatore," which means savior. I think you can see why Italian obstetricians also need theological degrees before they're admitted to practice medicine.
NEWS
December 8, 2000 | By Patricio G. Balona, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
It has been 470 years since the Blessed Virgin Mary is said to have appeared to a poor and humble Mexican, but every December, Mexican pilgrims still walk as far as 100 miles to worship at La Basilica de Guadalupe, a cathedral built in her honor. On Sunday, Norristown's rapidly growing Mexican community plans to make its first procession in honor of Mexico's patron saint. "It is a grand celebration for Mexican Catholics," said Guadalupe Nogueda, 46, a native of Guerrero, Mexico, who owns Lupita's Mexican Market at Swede and Chestnut Streets.
NEWS
June 25, 1990 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Special to The Inquirer
Camden's Broadway shook to a cacophony of air horns, Spanish guitars and salsa yesterday afternoon as 5,000 Latinos jammed the streets for three hours to celebrate the annual San Juan Bautista Parade. Yesterday's event, held to honor Puerto Rico's patron saint, John the Baptist, was the largest city parade in at least a decade, boasted Mayor Aaron Thompson as he watched the parade assemble in front of the Walt Whitman Poetry Center. "The Hispanic community is waking up," said South Camden grocer Freddy Alvarado, a parade organizer.
NEWS
April 8, 1993 | BY LINDA WRIGHT MOORE
Sitting in church Sunday morning, I knew I wasn't going to hear a stirring sermon inspired by the 25th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's death. I had chosen a nearby Episcopal church with a mostly white congregation, where the minister's remarks focused on the meaning of Palm Sunday. The anniversary of the King assassination was no doubt a popular theme in pulpits of many black churches. The difference was predictable, and illustrative of the fact that the Kerner Commission warning (also 25 years old this year)
NEWS
June 10, 2001 | By Dan Hardy INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
If there were a patron saint of sports here, it would be Willie DeJarnette. DeJarnette, who died in 1999 at 87, organized and oversaw a youth athletic club in Chester for five decades, starting in the late 1940s. After the Chester Upland School District's middle-school sports program was eliminated in the mid-1970s for budgetary reasons, he restored it and ran it for 20 years, raising money and recruiting volunteers. He founded and ran adult basketball and football teams, and he was a lifelong baseball enthusiast, both as a semipro player and as the founder of several local teams.
NEWS
June 28, 1999 | By Mike Madden, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
With flags waving, salsa music blaring, and shouts of "Que viva Puerto Rico!" ringing through the air, thousands of people flocked to the waterfront yesterday for the annual Parada San Juan Bautista to celebrate Puerto Rican culture and heritage. Spectators lined up along Haddon Avenue and Mickle Boulevard in downtown Camden to watch the parade wind toward Wiggins Park, where the afternoon's festivities ended with a salsa concert featuring Puerto Rican star Johnny Rivera, Anthony Colon and Los Muchachitos de Merengue.
NEWS
June 1, 1993 | By Karin Braedt, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
On June 24, 1943, Justina Ramirez put a bucket full of water outside her door in Puerto Rico. Then, she threw the letters of the alphabet she had cut out of paper into the bucket, just the way her father had told her. The next morning she ran outside to see which letters were floating, because, according to the St. John Baptist tradition, those letters would reveal the initials of the man she was going to marry. When Ramirez saw the I and the R, she was disappointed. She did not know anybody with those initials.
NEWS
January 25, 1998 | By David O'Reilly, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Much as Americans look upon the Stars and Stripes as the national icon of U.S. ideals and values, so does a small copper-and-gold statue, the Virgin of Charity of El Cobre, symbolize Cuba. To millions, she is Cuba's patron saint, its protector, and most sacred symbol, which was crowned yesterday by Pope John Paul II in a dramatic ceremony in the eastern city of Santiago. The 18-inch-high icon, always dressed in an orange-gold cape, represents the Roman Catholic faith, yet it is also the symbol of Ochun, an erotic deity in the Afro-Cuban religion of Santeria, the "Way of the Saints.
NEWS
September 20, 1990 | By Kathy Brennan, Daily News Staff Writer Staff writer Gloria Campisi contributed to this report
You might not realize it, but there may be just as many three-inch statues of St. Joseph in your neighborhood as there are for-sale signs. As selling a house becomes more of a miracle in the ravaged local housing market, more people than you would guess are buying plastic statues of the patron saint of houses and burying them in their lawns to seek divine help, according to owners of religious-goods stores. "We're constantly selling out of St. Joseph statues," said Norma DiCocco, co-owner of three branches of the St. Jude Shop, which sells religious goods.
NEWS
April 25, 1998 | By David O'Reilly, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It's the disease some people only whisper, like a prayer. Cancer. To some patients and their loved ones, that dreaded word is synonymous with suffering and death and despair. But the priests and parishioners of St. Bartholomew Roman Catholic Church in Wissinoming have found that reckoning with cancer also can bring peace and hope. And tomorrow, the parish will formally dedicate a new shrine to St. Peregrine, patron saint of people and caretakers of those with cancer (and more recently, of AIDS and other serious illness)
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NEWS
July 25, 2014
YESTERDAY was my feast day, or, as the Italians call it, my onomastico . Since I live in the United States, it went completely unnoticed. Had I lived in Italy, however, I would have been showered with cards and phone calls. That's because about 75 percent of the paesani are named after saints, and the other 25 percent are named "Sal," which is short for "Salvatore," which means savior. I think you can see why Italian obstetricians also need theological degrees before they're admitted to practice medicine.
NEWS
March 16, 2013
U.N. envoy sees drone violation ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - CIA drone strikes on targets in Pakistan violate its national sovereignty and have resulted in far more civilian casualties than the U.S. government has recognized, a special U.N. human-rights envoy reported after a secret investigation in Pakistan this week. Ben Emmerson, the United Nations' special rapporteur on human rights and counterterrorism, met with Pakistani officials for three days and came away supporting their long-stated view that they do not consent to the remote-fired missile campaign that is the centerpiece of U.S. strategy to eliminate Islamic militants.
NEWS
March 16, 2013 | By Orlando R. Barone
Just after Jorge Mario Bergoglio became Pope Francis, I received a text from my son: "I guess I took the right Confirmation name. " Last year, at age 33, Nick was confirmed in the Catholic faith, and he adopted the name of Francis in honor of Francis of Assisi. I remember asking him why. "The guy was crazy, Dad. " Not an auspicious start, but I listened on. "You know, he was from a pretty well-to-do family. He rejected everything, wouldn't even wear shoes. " "You're not thinking of going shoeless.
NEWS
May 21, 2012 | By Monica Yant Kinney, Inquirer Columnist
So many parents and alumni of St. Denis Catholic School in Havertown supported merging with friendly CYO rival Annunciation B.V.M., the marriage should have gone off without a hitch. Instead, parishioners hoping to embrace the past and future in a name were told the regional school would honor the late Cardinal John Foley. The decision was, in their pastor's words, "nonnegotiable. " Children voted on a mascot, only to have their choices (Cardinals, Falcons, or Phoenixes)
NEWS
March 5, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
DUBLIN - Somewhere in Ireland, a burglar has the heart of a saint. Officials at Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin said yesterday that they're distraught and perplexed over the theft of the church's most precious relic: the preserved heart of St. Laurence O'Toole, patron saint of Dublin. O'Toole's heart had been displayed in the cathedral since the 13th century. It was stored in a heart-shaped wooden box and secured in a small, square iron cage on the wall of a chapel dedicated to his memory.
NEWS
October 3, 2011 | REPUBLICAN & HERALD
MAHANOY CITY - In celebration of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and the environment, residents gathered their pets Saturday morning to be blessed. While pets blessed may include cats, fish and birds, only man's best friend was seen at the service in the parking lot across from the Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Education Center, South Catawissa. Although the breeds present varied from beagle to Shih Tzu, all dogs and their owners were welcome.
NEWS
July 11, 2011 | By Michael Vitez, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Carmella Romanelli may have missed a few of the processions in her 84 years, but she can't remember when. In tiny Bridgeport on Sunday, she sat on her rolling walker outside Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church - where she was baptized and where she and her parents had their wedding ceremonies - and her tears welled in anticipation. Mass was over, and men were carrying the statue of Our Lady of Mount Carmel down the steps to a crowd in the street, where the 87th annual procession would be held on the last day of the church's Italian festival.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 24, 2010
BEER, ACCORDING to the adage that has been attributed to Benjamin Franklin, "is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy. " If that's true, it was the product of an extensive lobbying effort. No other pastime has more saints advocating on its behalf than beer drinking. A definitive list compiled by my beer-drinking associate Jay Brooks of the San Jose Mercury News lists 29 saints who've been employed to represent our interests. They range from St. Arnold of Metz, whose casket spewed suds during his funeral procession, to Gambrinus, who falsely claimed to have invented beer.
NEWS
August 23, 2010
U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah has two elections on his mind these days. The first is his race to serve a ninth term in the U.S. House of Representatives - which he seems certain to win on Election Day in November. The second is far less predictable. Fattah, a member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, is waging a campaign among his Democratic colleagues to win the post of committee chairman. His rival is Washington Rep. Norman Dicks, who has far more seniority on the panel.
BUSINESS
June 13, 2010 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writer
The third-floor boardroom of Urban Outfitters Inc., with its magnificent reclaimed-white-pine-and-hemlock table and its sky-blue view of the Delaware River, has been a busy scene for the soon-to-be heads of hip. Jeff Spotts couldn't help but bring it up the other day as he walked through a nearby construction site, the renovation of yet another old Navy Yard building for the company's ballooning headquarters: a 54,000-square-foot stunner whose...
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