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September 20, 2006
RE POPE Benedict XVI's comments about Islam: It amazes me how leaders in the Muslim world, political or religous, say whatever they want about whoever they want, but the rest of us worry about being politically correct. Islamic extremists want to kill us. When someone critizes them, they kill innocents all over the world. Too much of America has forgotten that horrible day on 9/11. Bill Newbold Philadelphia
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April 14, 1986 | By GLORIA CAMPISI, Daily News Staff Writer
Local Jewish leaders hailed the Pope's visit yesterday to Rome's main synagogue, but were disappointed by his failure to recognize the state of Israel. Two Roman Catholic scholars praised the visit, the first ever by a pontiff to a Jewish house of worship, as significant, "a breakthrough sort of thing" as one of them, Temple University religion professor Leonard Swidler, put it. "It's very difficult for the pope to do anything of political significance at the moment because if he should visit Israel it would anger the Muslim world," Rabbi Albert Lewis of Temple Beth Sholom in Haddon Heights, N.J., said.
NEWS
September 14, 1994 | By MARTIN E. MARTY
United States citizens, who thought they knew how warm tempers can get when religion enters domestic politics, last week joined the world in feeling the heat of a religious explosion on the international political scene. Cairo provided the stage, as delegates from 160 nations took up the most fateful issues at century's end: How many people can the globe sustain tomorrow, and how can nations develop resources to sustain more in the future? Leave it to the statisticians and economists, thought some, forgetting how much the clergy care about what happens in bedroom, clinic and granary.
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May 19, 1994 | by Ted Taylor, Special to the Daily News
You think Babe Ruth was a tough autograph? Well, he wasn't. In fact, the Babe willingly signed for anyone who asked him. Not so with the pope. I'm not talking about the Phillies' Paul Owens. I'm referring to John Paul II, the real pope, and the autograph he recently signed for Detroit Tigers manager Sparky Anderson. Jim Hawkins, longtime Detroit baseball writer-turned-hobby-show promoter, returned from a visit to spring training with an amusing tale about the pope's autograph.
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July 9, 2009 | By Kristin E. Holmes INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The owners of the DiCocco Family St. Jude Shop are getting to be experts at this. When there's a presentation for the pope, call the store in Havertown. Twice in the last 15 months, the store owners have been tapped for their Benedict XVI know-how. The first time, they helped supply a specially made chair the pope used during a U.S. visit. This time, they assisted the White House in finding a gift for him. That present will be given to Benedict as part of President Obama's visit to the Vatican tomorrow.
NEWS
April 2, 1999 | by Jonathan Takiff, Daily News Staff Writer
Holy smokes! We're in the middle of Passover and Easter is nigh. That's reason this week to get our head and soul together with music of a decidedly spiritual, life-affirming nature. Why, even His Holiness Pope John Paul II is getting down and into the album-making act with "Abba Pater," a pilgrimage of the spirit inspired by the Great Jubilee of the year 2000. It's also, we suspect, an artful outreach from the public-relations office of the Vatican, intended to make the church seem more relevant to younger people.
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September 10, 1987 | New York Daily News
Although the Pope will say only one Sunday mass during his 10-day U.S. visit, don't look for it on television. NFL football will block live network coverage of the mass this Sunday from San Antonio on both CBS and NBC. "We had made it clear to the Pope's people that we'd be interested in covering the mass if it could be held earlier in the day," said Lane Venardos, executive producer for CBS coverage. "But that was not possible, so we opt not to carry the mass. Football is football.
NEWS
March 28, 2000 | by Karen Armstrong
The pope's visit to the Holy Land seemed to be a game of political football, with both the Israelis and the Palestinians claiming he was rooting for their team. When John Paul II arrived in Jerusalem, the Israeli president, Ezer Weizman, welcomed him to "the eternal and indivisible capital of the State of Israel" - an unequivocal assertion of Israel's determination to maintain total sovereignty over the Holy City. Likewise, when the pope kissed a bowl of Palestinian soil - a gesture usually observed on visits to sovereign states - it led Suha Arafat, the wife of the Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat, to exclaim: "Everybody from our Palestinian people understood it as asking for a Palestinian independent state.
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December 17, 1997 | by Ron Goldwyn, Daily News Staff Writer
When Pope John Paul II arrives Jan. 21 in the fiefdom of Fidel, Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua of Philadelphia won't be far behind. Bevilacqua and other United States cardinals will join the pope in Cuba for a trip that lasts through Jan. 25. The historic visit grew out of a Vatican meeting last year between the pope and President Fidel Castro. Bevilacqua doesn't expect to take in many of the sights on that long off-limits island where Castro has sought to shut down the Catholic church since seizing power in 1960.
NEWS
April 5, 2010
AS A ROMAN Catholic, I must respond to the vicious calumny against our Holy Father Benedict XVI exhibited by Signe Wilkinson's cartoon earlier this week. All faithful Catholics denounce any abuse in any manner by any prelate, but all facts prove the pope's innocence. Civil authorities threw out the Wisconsin abuse cases, where the concerned abusive priest was dying at the time Benedict XVI (then Cardinal Ratzinger) became aware of the matter, and the German auxiliary bishop admitted that Benedict (then archbishop of Munich)
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July 24, 2015 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
One thousand tour buses parked along the Camden waterfront. Huge crowds at PATCO stations. A mass of pedestrians making the 1.7-mile trek across the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. That is a potential glimpse of South Jersey during Pope Francis' visit to Philadelphia in September. And transportation and law enforcement officials in Camden County, who provided initial details Wednesday, had a message: Don't think South Jersey won't be affected just because it's across the river from the papal festivities.
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July 23, 2015 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Secret Service and other agencies have discussed the possibility of closing the Ben Franklin Bridge to traffic during Pope Francis' visit in September. A decision has not been made, a Secret Service spokesman said Tuesday, though the Delaware River Port Authority said closure was not in the plan "right now. " "If a decision is made at some point to do that, we will certainly make everyone aware as quickly as possible," DRPA spokesman Kyle Anderson said. "Right now that's not in the plan.
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July 20, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum and Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writers
Even SEPTA employees know they won't be able to easily get into and out of Center City amid the throngs when Pope Francis visits on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 26-27. So what's a transit agency to do? Order 200 cots and portable showers for company headquarters on Market Street, to be used from Friday to Monday. "We will actually be sleeping in our offices," said SEPTA spokeswoman Jerri Williams. Special papal visit transit passes go on sale online Monday for the hundreds of thousands of SEPTA and PATCO riders expected to pour into the city during the papal visit - including many people who must work that weekend.
NEWS
July 20, 2015
WHEN POPE Francis comes to Philadelphia in September, he'll visit one place that doesn't make it on many tourists' - or locals' - must-see lists: The Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility, one of six facilities within the Philadelphia Prison System. There, his host will be city prison commissioner Louis Giorla, a 58-year-old Philly native and a 1974 graduate of North Catholic High School. Giorla never dreamed of being prison commissioner while growing up: "It's not a job that anybody comes to by first aspirations," he said.
NEWS
July 17, 2015 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
Plans for Pope Francis' visit to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway will include consideration of the homeless people who frequently sleep there, organizers reiterated Wednesday. That may include some prized ticketed seating near the front of the stage for the Sept. 26 Festival of Families. The assurances came a day after a homeless man approached Mayor Nutter outside City Hall and tussled with a member of his security detail, forcing Nutter to pry the man off the aide. The man, identified as George Creamer, later told NBC10 that he was upset over plans to clear the Parkway of homeless people during the World Meeting of Families from Sept.
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July 17, 2015 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
CARLO STOOD at attention on the corner of Vine Street near 19th last week and saluted as former President Jimmy Carter's Secret Service caravan drove away from a book signing at the Free Library. Carlo, who gave his first and last name as Carlo - "Everybody just knows me as Carlo" - didn't know who was in the large black SUVs with the tinted windows and flashing lights. It didn't matter. "I always salute for government officials," he said. The empty patch of grassy land where Carlo salutes passing officials is his front yard, his back yard and his bed - his slice of the American dream.
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July 17, 2015 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
THE WORLD MEETING of Families' Hunger and Homelessness Committee is using the pope's visit to Philadelphia as a catalyst to spark dialogue and action to combat homelessness and hunger here and nationwide. The committee, chaired by Project HOME's Sister Mary Scullion and vice-chaired by Anne Healy Ayella, associate director of nutritional development services for the Archdiocese, is focusing on three projects that exemplify the pope's priorities and are designed to have lasting effects after he leaves.
NEWS
July 9, 2015
AS A CITY, we've gotten pretty good at attracting and handling crowds, and with the number of visitors growing year after year, we get more and more practice. Thanks in part to the smart management of the city's "Visit Philadelphia" tourism office, the number of visitors has increased every year for the past 18 years, with 39 million domestic visitors in 2013. This provided more than $10 billion in economic impact in that year alone, creating jobs and activity in hospitality and beyond.
NEWS
July 5, 2015 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
Short-term rentals, like those offered through websites such as Airbnb, are now taxable in Philadelphia - but officials won't speculate on what kind of revenue they could generate. The bill, which became law last week, legalized short-term rentals in time for the September papal visit. The number of listings has tripled since the beginning of the year. The city will officially start collecting the 8.5 percent occupancy tax, paid for by those staying in the homes, July 15. Philadelphia is the largest city to legalize renting through online marketplaces, joining San Francisco and Portland, Ore. Previously, most rentals in residential areas were illegal.
NEWS
July 2, 2015 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
GREETINGS, Pope Francis! Your itinerary was announced yesterday - and, wow, you'll be one busy pontiff during the two days you're in Philly for September's World Meeting of Families. So I feel bad asking you to squeeze one more obligation into a schedule already packed with Masses, speeches and face time with seminarians and prisoners. Still, I'm hoping you'll stop by the home of Mike Aichenbaum. He lives in Bryn Mawr, just 5 miles from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, where you'll be staying during your visit.
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