September 23, 2015 |
Madonna comes to town on tour Thursday, two days before Pope Francis arrives. Coincidence? Or, is the Queen of Pop trying to meet up with il Papa ? Madonna Ciccone, 57, has spent three decades riling up the church that inspired her holy first name. She's rolled around stages in wedding (or are they First Holy Communion?) dresses, accessorized corsets with crucifixes and rosaries (and a belt buckle reading "BOY TOY"), and spoken out loudly and proudly against Catholic orthodoxy.
March 16, 2013 |
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.
May 19, 2013 |
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis toured St. Peter's Square to greet tens of thousands of people attending a rally of prayer, music and speeches Saturday, and he embraced the brother of a Pakistani politician who was assassinated in his country after calling for greater religious freedom for Christians there. Earlier in the day, the pope met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who made a brief visit to Rome, mindful of the importance of Christian voters back home during the election she faces in September.
September 25, 2015 |
THE U.S. HOUSE and Senate were dark yesterday because of the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, but they were to be jarred awake this morning when Pope Francis brings his message of peace and goodwill to the legislators. The pope has already made it clear that climate change and immigration are among his priorities, and they are also topics of considerable controversy in the Republican-controlled Congress. Nevertheless, he will be the first pope ever to address a joint session of Congress, where he is expected to emphasize to Americans that being the most powerful nation on Earth carries with it a moral responsibility.
October 30, 2013
DURING THE WEEK off between games last week, Flyers chairman Ed Snider flew to Rome to meet with Pope Francis in a private audience at the Vatican. The Flyers are 2-0 since Snider, 80, met the pope. "I'd like to think he had something to do with it, but I think the team is finally turning it around and have learned [coach Craig Berube] 'Chief's' system," Snider joked. "I think that's a coincidence. " Snider, who experienced anti-Semitism growing up in Washington, D.C., made the trip with a 60-member delegation of the Simon Wiesenthal Foundation.
July 30, 2015 |
If you are a food truck operator and want to be considered for inclusion in feeding the crowds expected to descend on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway Sept. 26 and 27 for the World Meeting of Families festivities and the Mass celebrated by Pope Francis, credential applications are due Wednesday, according to FoodFellas, L.L.C. FoodFellas is the exclusive provider for food-truck service management for the weekend event, expected to be attended by 1.5 million people. Credentials for security checks must be submitted to info@foodfellasllc by 10 a.m. Wednesday.
July 28, 2014 |
SPEAKING BEFORE a Mass in Fargo, N.D., Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput yesterday gave the strongest indication yet that Pope Francis will be coming to the City of Brotherly Love next year - not that further confirmation was needed. "Pope Francis has told me that he is coming," Chaput said, according to the Catholic News Service. The Vatican has not confirmed the trip and isn't expected to do so for months. But Francis' attendance at the triennial World Meeting of Families, which comes to Philly in September 2015, was considered by many to be a done deal even before Mayor Nutter, Gov. Corbett and Chaput went to Rome in March and formally invited him. Chaput, according to the Catholic News Service, indicated yesterday that Francis could be in town for three days, which is longer than previous papal visits to the World Meeting of Families.
September 27, 2015 |
THE WAIT IS FINALLY over. After months of anticipation, Pope Francis will arrive in Philadelphia this morning for the third and final leg of his six-day, three-city U.S. tour, which will conclude tomorrow. The energetic Francis, who yesterday crisscrossed New York City in his modest Fiat, is expected to address more than a million followers in the City of Brotherly Love. Yesterday, the pontiff began by addressing the United Nations General Assembly, where he urged leaders to protect the environment and warned against a "growing culture of waste.
January 30, 2016 |
Of the pope, Leo & Bosch I said it the first time I saw Leonardo DiCaprio as poet and lapsed Catholic Jim Carroll in 1995's The Basketball Diaries , his breakout film. "This young man," I said to Some Random Dude , "has something to teach the pope. " I'm certain the pontiff has a great deal to impart to Leo. So they did. Leo and Pope Francis had a tête-à-tête Thursday at the Vatican. "Your Holiness, thank you for granting me this private audience with you," DiCaprio said, according to the Associated Press.
September 25, 2015 |
Think of Juanes as the Colombian version of Bruce Springsteen or Bono. The 43-year-old rock star, who has performed on The Tonight Show multiple times and was the first exclusively Spanish-language performer on Dancing with the Stars , the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, and the Today show, will sing with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Pennsylvania Girlchoir and Keystone State Boychoir at the Festival of Families on Saturday evening....