May 31, 2015 |
The Vatican archbishop in charge of overseeing the World Meeting of Families, to be held in Philadelphia this year, is under investigation for possible embezzlement, according to several European news organizations. Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, reportedly bought the 14th-century San Girolamo castle in Umbria, Italy, at an artificially low price with the intention of reselling it at market value. "The alleged scam" would have netted a profit of about $4.4 million, the London newspaper the Daily Telegraph reported Friday.
March 27, 2014 |
VATICAN CITY - There will be no "private audience" with Pope Francis after all. The delegation of Philadelphians who came to the Vatican this week to invite the Holy Father to Philadelphia next year announced late last night that a private meeting at the papal residence scheduled for this morning had been cancelled. Instead, Francis will greet the guests during one of his weekly "general audiences" in St. Peter's Square. Shortly after hearing the news, Gov. Corbett said it was just as well.
March 26, 2014 |
VATICAN CITY - Gov. Corbett, Mayor Nutter, Archbishop Charles Chaput and a cadre of local business leaders have traveled all the way to the Vatican this week to invite Pope Francis to Philadelphia next year for the World Meeting of Families. It's an impressive group. But will they really affect the pope's decision? "If [Pope Francis] weren't coming, odds are they wouldn't be going over," Philadelphia-based Vatican observer Rocco Palmo said. "It's really part of the effort to just build the anticipation.
March 25, 2014 |
ROME - He's Philly's man in the Vatican, and he has close ties to all five counties of the Philadelphia region. The Rev. Bill Donovan, the fifth of eight children, grew up in Havertown's St. Denis Parish in Delaware County and went to Archbishop Carroll High School in Chester County. He taught at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Montgomery County, and at Archbishop Wood High School in Warminster, Bucks County. He now works for an employee of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. In January, Donovan became Archbishop Charles Chaput's liaison to the Pontifical Council for the Family, which is planning the enormous World Meeting of Families that could bring Pope Francis to Philadelphia in September 2015.
March 21, 2014 |
VENGA, PER FAVORE. That's Italian for "please come" - the message Mayor Nutter, Gov. Corbett and Archbishop Charles Chaput will be delivering to Pope Francis next week in the Vatican. The trio will be part of a delegation of local leaders who are embarking Sunday on a five-day trip to help plan the World Meeting of Families, an enormous triennial gathering coming to Philadelphia in September 2015. If the Holy Father accepts their invitation and appears at the event, as is expected, up to 2 million people could come to Philadelphia, giving the local economy a $100 million shot in the arm, according to early estimates.
December 12, 2011 |
Cardinal John P. Foley, a jovial, popular priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia who rose from working-class roots to become a "prince of the church" and the Vatican's longtime spokesman on Catholic social teachings, died Sunday. He was 76. Once described as "the nicest guy in the Vatican" by the National Catholic Reporter, Cardinal Foley had suffered in recent years from leukemia. He died at Villa St. Joseph, the archdiocesan home for retired priests in Darby, the town where he was born.
February 26, 2011 |
Cardinal John Foley, a priest of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia who spent nearly 37 years at the Vatican, has retired six months after being diagnosed with leukemia and has returned to Philadelphia. On Thursday, Pope Benedict XVI formally accepted Foley's resignation as grand master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, a position he had held since 2007, the year Benedict made him a cardinal. Foley, 75, learned in September that he has leukemia and anemia and had been developing blood clots during long air flights.
November 26, 2007 |
In a busy day when he was variously greeted as "Your Eminence," "John" and "Uncle Jack," Cardinal John Foley yesterday celebrated his first Mass as a Roman Catholic cardinal. Later, the former altar boy from working-class Sharon Hill greeted friends, family and well-wishers at a Renaissance palace where he now serves as head of a papal knighthood. "It's hard to believe," marveled a cousin, as she watched papal knights and nobles, priests and prelates kissing or shaking his hand.
October 18, 2007 |
He won't be wearing red until Thanksgiving weekend, but at his offices in Rome yesterday, Archbishop John P. Foley was already being treated as a prince of the Roman Catholic Church. "Tomorrow. Cardinal Foley will be here tomorrow," said a man on the phone at the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre, the papal knighthood Foley heads. After years of high hopes and even some teasing on the part of his many friends in Philadelphia and in Rome, Foley - a former priest of the Philadelphia archdiocese - will be made a cardinal next month.
October 3, 2007 |
Dozens of friends and family of Archbishop John Foley are signing up for a late-November "pilgrimage" to Rome. Officially, it is so they can watch the popular Delaware County native say Mass on Nov. 26 at the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore - among the oldest and most-revered churches in Roman Catholicism. But the real reason, they say, is that they believe the archbishop will be made a cardinal around that day. Foley "hasn't told me directly" that he's being made a cardinal next month, his longtime friend Robert Sims of Wayne said yesterday.