June 27, 1991 |
It was a coming-out of sorts for Archbishop Anthony Bevilacqua yesterday as he led an evening prayer service at the North American College for more than 500 pilgrims from the United States. Bevilacqua, resplendent in a green robe and white miter (a tall pointed hat used only during the most formal of ceremonies), walked into the beautiful chapel of the college in a procession led by three Philadelphia auxiliary bishops. Bevilacqua appeared genuinely warmed by the large turnout of family and friends, many of whom were seeing him for the first time since they had arrived in Rome yesterday morning.
August 17, 1989 |
Under the brilliant midday sun yesterday, 41 South Jersey teenagers and young adults met in the parking lot of St. Peter's Church in Merchantville to embark on a time-honored journey of religion and faith - the pilgrimage. Transported by air-conditioned bus and jet plane, these modern-day pilgrims have advantages their ancient counterparts could only have dreamed of - but the purpose of their eight-day trip to Spain and Portugal is the same as that of pilgrims a thousand years ago. No ordinary student tour of Europe, this trip offers the youths, ages 15 to 21, a chance to affirm their ties with their religion and to view another culture firsthand.
November 25, 1999 |
As in schools throughout the land, young Pilgrims at Rose Tree Elementary School celebrated Thanksgiving this week. Paper hats, finger utensils, and honored guests for the feast made the occasion complete.
January 15, 2012 |
ZUBAIR, Iraq - A bomb tore through a procession of Shiite pilgrims heading toward a largely Sunni town in southern Iraq on Saturday, killing at least 53 people in the latest sign of a power struggle between rival Muslim sects that has escalated since the American military withdrawal. Fears of more bloodshed have risen in recent weeks, with the United States no longer possessing the leverage it once had to encourage the two sides to work together to rein in extremists. Most of the latest attacks appeared to be aimed at Iraq's majority Shiites, suggesting Sunni insurgents seeking to undermine the Shiite-dominated government were to blame.
June 21, 1987 |
Grace Eleanor Maines Haupt of Woodbury, a retired schoolteacher and a direct descendant of the Pilgrims, died Wednesday in Cooper Hospital- University Medical Center in Camden. Mrs. Haupt was born in Watsontown, Pa., and graduated from Bucknell University in 1915. After graduation, she taught mathematics at Paulsboro High School and other secondary schools in Gloucester County. She lived in Woodbury for several decades. "My grandmother was an active person with an active mind up until the day she died," said her grandson, Bruce Hasbrook.
March 21, 1999 |
Iraq said yesterday that it decided to pull back thousands of Iraqi pilgrims from Saudi Arabia after the Saudis surrounded them with tanks and armored vehicles. Official Baghdad television quoted a senior Iraqi official who accompanied the pilgrims, who had been headed to Mecca as part of the annual hajj, as saying the Saudis also turned down an Iraqi demand that expenses of the pilgrims be withdrawn from Iraq's assets frozen in Arab and foreign banks. The charges followed recent tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iraq, which accuses the Saudis of allowing U.S. and British planes to use its bases to launch air strikes on Iraq.
August 11, 1987 |
Some pilgrims back from the Muslim holy city of Mecca have contradicted Saudi Arabia's assertion that 402 people died during a riotous demonstration by Iranians without a shot being fired by security forces. Accounts challenging parts of the Saudi version of the events of July 31 have come from residents of Israel and Malaysia, but those pilgrims also reported violence by demonstrators. "The truth is that we heard the shooting, and we saw them (Saudis) firing, but we did not know whether these were bullets or just the sound (of blanks)
October 3, 2000 |
The rain brings togetherness, but enough already. Philadelphia's pilgrims were back in St. Peter's Square yesterday. So was Pope John Paul II. So was the rain. An audience with the pope - which sounds cozy but involves thousands of pilgrims on plastic chairs kept far from Il Papa by vigilant Vatican security - brought most of the Philadelphians back to the site of Sunday's canonization of Katharine Drexel. They joined a rainbow of Catholics at the Vatican to honor sainthood for a Spanish mother superior, an ex-Sudanese slave and 120 martyrs to the faith in China.
April 8, 2005 |
Pope John Paul II often cautioned against the excesses of unbridled capitalism, so it's tempting to wonder what he would have made of the scene on the Borgo Santo Spirito near the Vatican this week, as customers swarmed a line of shops to snap up religious trinkets. "This exceeds all limits," said Maria Mocnik, 73, a dealer of religious items in the neighborhood for 47 years. She said she had never seen anything like the frenzy of buying and selling. "I haven't eaten since yesterday," said her sister, Giovanna, who came by to help behind the counter of the small store, as euros practically flew into the till.
November 25, 1987 |
Once again it is almost Thanksgiving, the time of year when we go to the shopping mall of our choice in memory of the Pilgrims, a hardy band of men and women who set out from England in their frail ship, the Frail Ship III, in search of a place where they could exercise their constitutional right to set suspected witches on fire. It was a very difficult voyage - at times they thought they would never reach the New World - but finally, one morning, after 18 weeks at sea, the fog lifted and the lookout shouted the fateful words: "Hey!