September 21, 2015 |
The world's largest gathering of Catholic families, the World Meeting of Families, will come together in Philadelphia, highlighted by a visit from Pope Francis that will cap off a historic week in the city. The World Meeting, a conference held every three years, will offer a series of seminars, workshops and lectures that focus on issues affecting the family. More than 17,000 people from more than 100 countries are registered to attend the event at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in what will be the largest gathering in the conference's 21-year history.
September 3, 2015 |
A new event - an "International Mayors Forum" - will be held at La Salle University as part of the World Meeting of Families Congress in Philadelphia, leading up to the pope's visit, Mayor Nutter said Tuesday morning. The mayors of Puebla, Mexico; Rome and New Orleans will join Nutter at the event at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, at La Salle's Tom Gola Arena. The mayors, Nutter said during a City Hall press conference, will discuss the role of government and public advocacy in addressing issues facing families globally, including education, safety, zoning, recreation and support for senior citizens.
August 29, 2015 |
They go behind the Vatican walls, sometimes to places the public never sees. They helped start the pope's official Twitter presence and have ferreted out impostor accounts. And remember when the Vatican launched its pope channel on YouTube? It was one of them who proposed advertising it on Facebook. They are Villanova University students who - as interns at the Vatican - have become the knowing hands behind the Holy See's social media. Mika Rhabb, a 2013 grad who researched Twitter accounts of other world figures to help with that launch, stood on stage near Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI when he sent his first tweet via an iPad.
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.