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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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January 6, 2015 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jackie Smith is offering her Coatesville home for rent for $15,000 during the week of the papal visit in September. She envisions her guests will be a few out-of-state families who opt to share the postwar bungalow an hour's drive from Center City. If Smith, a single mother who works at Wegmans, has her way, she hopes to use the money to go on a cruise with her mother and daughter, all still coping with the death of her 16-year-old son three years ago. "It'd be nice, just us three girls, to get away," she said.
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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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June 25, 2015 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
ROME - Finding an opening act for the pope is no easy task. Organizers of Pope Francis' visit to Philadelphia announced Tuesday that the renowned Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli and the Colombian pop star Juanes, along with the Philadelphia Orchestra, will headline the Saturday free concert on the eve of Pope Francis' Mass on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in September. The pope - and as many as 1.5 million people - are expected to attend the Festival of Families performance on the last night of the World Meeting of Families, the Catholic Church's huge faith-and-families congress that week.
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 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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March 29, 2014 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
ROME - Pope Francis and President Obama met in a private audience at the Vatican Thursday morning, but shared little of their discussion afterwards. The meeting, which followed photographs, began at 10:27 a.m and lasted about 50 minutes. Italian newspapers were reporting that both U.S. and Vatican diplomatic sources said a top item on Obama's agenda was to invite Francis to Philadelphia in September of next year for the World Meeting of Families. About 10:15, the president's motorcade pulled into San Damaso, a courtyard at the Vatican, where an American flag flew below the clock.
NEWS
January 16, 2015
JESUS H. CHRIST on a crutch, what's Pope Francis saying now ? "If my good friend Dr. Gasparri says a curse word against my mother, he can expect a punch," Francis said, making a fake move toward Gasparri, who organizes papal trips. "It's normal. You cannot provoke. You cannot insult the faith of others. You cannot make fun of the faith of others. " Sounding a little like an ayatollah, the pope spoke to reporters en route to the Philippines. While his off-hand remark excused a "punch" (what happened to turn the other cheek?
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November 18, 2014 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
Confirming what he had whispered and hinted at for months, Pope Francis announced in Rome on Monday that he would come to Philadelphia in September for the World Meeting of Families. The suddenness of the official announcement, not expected until next year, sent archdiocesan officials scrambling over the weekend for a proper venue to make a local announcement. They settled on the Great Hall of Philadelphia Museum of Art, called in 200 Catholic high school students to serve as a cheering backdrop, and invited Mayor Nutter to play master of ceremonies in the absence of Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, who had left for Rome last week unaware the news was imminent.
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June 29, 2015
ISSUE | GAY MARRIAGE Free at last The Supreme Court has once again echoed the voice of the people by vindicating their inalienable right to make their own choice regarding same-sex marriage, irrespective of where they reside. Let the freedom of love and relationships ring louder and louder, and end discrimination not only in this country, but abroad. |Atul M. Karnik, Woodside, N.Y., atulkarnik@verizon.net ISSUE | BATTLE FLAG Skirting the issue Removing the battle flag of Gen. Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia is like dismantling the electric chair rather than abolishing the death penalty.
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June 28, 2015 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pope Francis will visit inmates at a Philadelphia prison and speak on the plight of immigrants at Independence Hall during his visit to the United States in September, according to an unofficial draft itinerary obtained by the Washington Post. The pontiff will be in Philadelphia on Sept. 26 and 27, following the World Meeting of Families congress, which begins on Sept. 22. Officials have said the pope will attend the Saturday Festival of Families on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and celebrate Mass outside the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Sunday.
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June 27, 2015 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
ROME - Philadelphia's security preparations for Pope Francis' 48-hour visit have been going on for more than a year. For Ignazio Marino, mayor of Rome, papal security is an everyday issue. "It's pretty tough because the pope is a terrific person, he attracts millions of people, so traffic and security is a huge, huge issue - particularly in these days and time with possibility of terroristic attacks, we are always concerned," Marino said Thursday outside his office in Rome. The final day of the Philadelphia delegation's trip to Rome focused largely on getting input from Roman and Vatican City authorities on security and infrastructure for large-scale events featuring the pope.
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June 26, 2015 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis greeted Mayor Nutter on the steps of St. Peter's Basilica on Wednesday with three fingers raised. "Three months," he said. In three months, the pope visits Philadelphia and greets what organizers say could be 1.5 million people in the biggest event the city has ever hosted. The World Meeting of Families from Sept. 22 to 25 and the papal visit that weekend are projected to give a huge boost to the city's tourism industry and generate a half-billion dollars for city businesses.
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June 25, 2015 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
CELINE DION ONCE said "If God would have a singing voice, he must sound a lot like Andrea Bocelli. " Perhaps it's fitting then that Bocelli, the Italian tenor, is among the first artists confirmed to be performing for Pope Francis during his visit to Philadelphia in September. Yesterday, organizers of the World Meeting of Families announced that Bocelli, Colombian musician Juanes and the Philadelphia Orchestra will all perform for Pope Francis during the Festival of the Families celebration on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway Saturday, Sept.
NEWS
June 25, 2015 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
ROME - Finding an opening act for the pope is no easy task. Organizers of Pope Francis' visit to Philadelphia announced Tuesday that the renowned Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli and the Colombian pop star Juanes, along with the Philadelphia Orchestra, will headline the Saturday free concert on the eve of Pope Francis' Mass on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in September. The pope - and as many as 1.5 million people - are expected to attend the Festival of Families performance on the last night of the World Meeting of Families, the Catholic Church's huge faith-and-families congress that week.
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June 24, 2015 | BY JENNIFER WRIGHT, Daily News Staff Writer wrightj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5938
SISTER MARY Scullion yesterday announced a campaign to address poverty in Philadelphia in time for Pope Francis' visit. Scullion's Project HOME and the World Meeting of Families Hunger and Homelessness Committee unveiled the three-pronged Mercy and Justice Initiative outside the Free Library. "The Pope could come - as he's done - to many countries, and it's an amazing experience, but when he leaves, it's all over," said Scullion, executive director of Project HOME. "We hope the Francis Fund and bipartisan legislation will be a lasting impact, a concrete way of affecting the lives of people that are hungry and homeless in our communities.
NEWS
June 24, 2015 | By Alfred Lubrano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Advocates for the poor announced a fund-raising campaign Monday that is as pragmatic as it is spiritual - using Pope Francis' forthcoming visit as a focal point of giving. Sister Mary Scullion, executive director of the Philadelphia anti-homelessness group Project HOME, stood outside the Central Library of the Free Library of Philadelphia, on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, to describe the formation of the Mercy and Justice Initiative charitable fund. The goal is to raise $1.5 million.
NEWS
June 24, 2015 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
ROME - " Omnia parata sunt ," the Rev. William Donovan declared on a perfect evening outside the amber-colored Sofitel boutique hotel where he and 35 other people from Philadelphia are staying to finalize plans for Pope Francis' visit. The loose Latin translation: "Everything is prepared. " Not everything, but organizers say that three months out, fund-raising is on track to hit the target of $45 million, and planning is 90 percent complete for the papal visit Sept.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 23, 2015 | By Jenny DeHuff
Philly native Audrey Landers has a little something up her sleeve as she prepares for a return to her hometown for Yachtstock on the banks of the Delaware River this coming weekend. Yachtstock River Jam, in its 17th year, is one of the more popular summer concert series in the five-county region and benefits children's charities. Landers told me during a recent phone interview that she may even do a little number just for fun - something from "Dallas," perhaps. But it's Landers' son, Daniel Landers , who's in the spotlight this go 'round.
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