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September 23, 2015 | BY LAUREN McCUTCHEON, Daily News Staff Writer mccutch@phillynews.com, 215-854-5991
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.
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March 16, 2013 | By Orlando R. Barone
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.
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May 19, 2013 | By Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press
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.
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September 25, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
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.
SPORTS
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.
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July 30, 2015 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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July 28, 2014 | BY SEAN COLLINS WALSH, Daily News Staff Writer walshSE@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
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.
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September 27, 2015 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
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.
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January 30, 2016 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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September 25, 2015 | By Molly Eichel, Inquirer Staff Writer
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....
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July 12, 2016 | By Ronnie Polaneczky
OH, THE things I do for you, Philly Catholics. I spent the weekend reading Amoris Leatitia , which sounds like a romance novel but is actually a 264-page document written by Pope Francis. It deconstructs Roman Catholic teaching about the nature of the family and the sacrament of matrimony. It was a page-turner. I'm not being sarcastic. It made me feel good about being married and being a parent. It made me feel grateful for the family I was raised in and proud of the one my husband and I have created.
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July 9, 2016
ISSUE | CHURCH Communion questionnaire So Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput gets to decide for the disenfranchised Catholics of Philadelphia what Pope Francis clearly did not say in Amoris Laetitia ? The sheer arrogance and un-Christian attitude of Chaput continue to stun (" Chaput edict scorned, praised ," Thursday). One can only cling to the belief that Jesus never intended Communion be reserved for the few and the chaste. Funny, there were no questions posed about "state of grace" at the Last Supper.
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July 8, 2016 | By David O'Reilly, STAFF WRITER
Mayor Kenney on Wednesday denounced as "not Christian" Archbishop Charles J. Chaput's insistence that Catholics living in relationships the church considers sinful may not receive Holy Communion or hold positions of responsibility in parishes. Kenney's was among the sharper reactions Chaput's decree drew from around the region. Some were swift to denounce the archbishop as an "old white man" whose church was out of touch. Others, though, hailed the archbishop for upholding traditional church teaching or deferred with a shrug to his authority.
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July 7, 2016 | By David O'Reilly, Staff Writer
Divorced and civilly remarried Catholics, as well as cohabitating unmarried couples, must "refrain from sexual intimacy" to receive Holy Communion in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput has asserted in a new set of pastoral guidelines. Released Friday, the guidelines instruct clergy and other archdiocesan leaders on implementing Amoris Laetitia , a major document on family that Pope Francis issued in April. His six-page instruction, which appears on the archdiocesan website, may be the first of its kind issued by the bishop of any American diocese in response to Amoris Laetitia , Latin for "the joy of love.
BUSINESS
June 26, 2016 | By Suzette Parmley, Staff Writer
High-end furniture maker Thos. Moser, which made the wooden chairs that Pope Francis used at Independence Hall and Philadelphia International Airport during his visit last year, is returning to Center City. Moser will move into a 2,900-square-foot store at 1605 Walnut St., beside a busy Apple store. Its lease there extends the corridor's hot streak. Other recent arrivals include eyewear company Warby Parker and New York-based fashion brand Rag & Bone. Moser plans a soft launch in the first half of August and a grand opening in late September.
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June 10, 2016
By Elbridge Colby Recent events in Rome indicate that some influential figures in the Vatican want Pope Francis to use his next encyclical to jettison the "just war" theory as the way the church determines whether or not it is moral to go to war. In particular, they urge that the church replace this age-old model - which focuses on determining a fight's justifiability by the degree to which it complies with criteria like necessity, likelihood of...
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June 2, 2016 | By Stephanie Farr, Staff Writer
IN THE U.S. Courthouse, they refer to it as "the Miracle on Market Street," that moment on Sept. 26 when the work of federal law-enforcement officials led to a baby with a terminal illness getting a kiss from Pope Francis in front of Independence Hall. After her papal peck, Gianna Masciantonio's condition improved, and on Tuesday, the 19-month-old was present and lively as her big brother, 5-year-old Dominic, was sworn in as an honorary deputy U.S. marshal at the courthouse at 601 Market St. The marshals, the FBI, and the Secret Service said they wanted to honor the Masciantonio family and that singular moment that brought hope to many - including law-enforcement officials.
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June 2, 2016 | By David O'Reilly, Staff Writer
Saying "one of my weaknesses is that I don't speak Spanish," Archbishop Charles J. Chaput on Tuesday announced the appointment of Monsignor Edward M. Deliman as the newest auxiliary bishop of Philadelphia, with a mission to serve its large Hispanic community. Deliman, who is of Slovakian ancestry, committed himself to learning Spanish as a young priest and has devoted much of his 43-year career to urban and Hispanic ministry. He will be formally consecrated a bishop Aug. 18 at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul.
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May 27, 2016
THE DAUGHTER SAYS she wants to visit in July. "What can I get ready?" I ask. Bail money, she jokes. She's in Bernie's bag and is coming to visit her old Dad, but mainly to be outside the Wells Fargo Center to keep the Democratic National Convention fair, which is like keeping pro wrestling honest. Sanders has promised(?), suggested(?), threatened(?) that the convention will be "messy" if he's shut out. What does that mean? In the committees? On the convention floor? On Broad Street?
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