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October 24, 2003
He doesn't kneel at the altar so much as drape himself over it, his body terribly weakened and bent by age, injury and disease. It's difficult to observe Pope John Paul II these days without great worry. Why does he continue the relentless schedule that has made him the most traveled, visible Pope in history? Why doesn't he take a deserved rest? At age 83, in his condition, the world would understand. Because he is inspired. Because he is inspiring. Catholics and non-Catholics, the religious and the secular, are increasingly moved by the Pope as his physical condition worsens for all to see. The silent message his frailty sends is powerful and universal.
NEWS
June 15, 2014 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Lack of familiarity was not an issue for Harriton and Pope John Paul II when the teams squared off in Friday night's PIAA Class AAA baseball final. The Rams and Golden Panthers met two weeks ago in the District 1 final, with Pope John Paul, aided by a costly error, gaining a one-run victory. In the rematch at Penn State's Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, the Golden Panthers benefited from three errors and claimed their first state championship with a 4-2 triumph over Harriton.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 28, 1999 | By Jonathan Storm, INQUIRER TELEVISION CRITIC
One of television's treasures, PBS's Frontline begins its new season tonight with a stunning profile of Pope John Paul II, the "modern man" pope who has been fighting modernity almost nonstop since his election in 1978. It is the kind of thought-provoking production that beams almost routinely out of the Frontline offices at Boston's WGBH-TV and is ipso facto refutation to those who smugly insist that TV is a waste of time. John Paul himself, this program demonstrates, has spent his time trying to shake humanity from the smug torpor of the 20th century, which he characterizes as the most evil in history.
SPORTS
May 16, 2014 | By Nick Carroll, Inquirer Staff Writer
Methacton won the Pioneer Athletic Conference, edging Pope John Paul II, 1-0, Wednesday without hitting the ball out of the infield in the decisive rally. Kyle Lowery was hit by a pitch to start the seventh. He moved to second on a sacrifice and third on an infield single. He scored when Pat O'Neil hit a ground ball to a drawn-in second baseman, just beating the throw. John Wiedmayer threw a two-hitter to earn the win. He struck out 10 and walked one. Nonleague. Valley Forge Military Academy manager Dom Lorusso earned his 300th career victory with a 14-11 win over visiting Dobbins.
NEWS
November 19, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
PHILADELPHIA turned out more than a million people to welcome and strain to see Pope John Paul II on the last papal visit to the city in October 1979. Catholics, Baptists, Unitarians, atheists - whatever their faith or lack thereof - the devoted and the curious and those in between packed the Benjamin Franklin Parkway from City Hall to the Art Museum in a sea of humanity the city had never seen before.  They had come if only to catch a glimpse of the pope, whose white vestments glowed in the autumn sunlight.  The pope spent 21 hours and 12 minutes in Philadelphia as part of his first visit to the United States.
LIVING
January 21, 1998 | By David O'Reilly Inquirer photographs by Eric Mencher
Cuba is a nation mired in poverty. Fidel Castro's state-run Marxist economy, coupled with a longstanding American trade embargo, has crippled the country. Rationing is a way of life for Cuba's 11 million citizens. Each person, regardless of age, is given government vouchers each month to buy such staples as white sugar (three pounds), fish (one pound), rice (six pounds) and eggs (14). Families can buy limited amounts each month of luxuries such as propane gas, kerosene and rum. A family can buy one tube of toothpaste per month.
SPORTS
January 26, 2015 | By Tim McManus, Inquirer Staff Writer
Gabby Troisi sank two free throws with six seconds left to give Pope John Paul II a 45-44 victory over Penn Charter in the Blue Chip Super Showcase at Spring-Ford on Saturday. Lauren Dao hit three three-pointers en route to 11 points, and was named the Golden Panthers' MVP. Hannah Fox led Penn Charter with 20 points. In another game in the showcase: Julia Gantz scored 14 and Lexi Stover added 13 to pace Archbishop Carroll, ranked ninth in Southeastern Pennsylvania by The Inquirer, past St. Elizabeth (Del.)
NEWS
September 12, 1994 | By Richard Cohen
"How many divisions does the Pope have?" Stalin is said to have asked. The answer, as Stalin well knew, is none - which doesn't mean that the Vatican doesn't have enormous influence. It used that influence - and a bit more - when it helped bring down a communist regime in Poland. But Stalin's question, posed in another context, is still valid: Who listens to the Pope when it comes to family planning? Almost no one, it turns out. Italy, home to the Vatican and almost entirely Catholic, has one of the lowest birth rates in the world, partly because it has abortion on demand in the first trimester - and it's free.
SPORTS
October 15, 2015 | By Mark Macyk, Inquirer Staff Writer
Its team is called the Phantoms, but thanks to a comeback victory Tuesday afternoon, Phoenixville's girls' soccer team is still alive. Gabrielle Perrotto scored two goals in three minutes in the second half and the visiting Phantoms rallied to top Pope John Paul II, 3-1, in Pioneer Athletic Conference play. Leeza Galli added a goal an assist. Kayla Mesaros scored in the first half to give Pope John Paul a 1-0 lead at the break. A loss would likely have knocked Phoenixville, ranked 28th in the District 1 power rankings, from the 28-team district tournament.
NEWS
March 3, 2005 | By Jim Remsen INQUIRER FAITH LIFE EDITOR
She may be half a world away from Rome, but Mary Romanowski feels a fellowship of pain with her suffering Holy Father, Pope John Paul II. As the pontiff endures his latest hospitalization, Romanowski is offering her own marathon of rosary prayers from her Port Richmond rowhouse. Romanowski, 90, who has severe arthritis, sat in her living room this week and, in her native Polish, described her deepest wishes. They were translated by her daughter and prayer partner, Theresa.
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October 15, 2015 | By Mark Macyk, Inquirer Staff Writer
Its team is called the Phantoms, but thanks to a comeback victory Tuesday afternoon, Phoenixville's girls' soccer team is still alive. Gabrielle Perrotto scored two goals in three minutes in the second half and the visiting Phantoms rallied to top Pope John Paul II, 3-1, in Pioneer Athletic Conference play. Leeza Galli added a goal an assist. Kayla Mesaros scored in the first half to give Pope John Paul a 1-0 lead at the break. A loss would likely have knocked Phoenixville, ranked 28th in the District 1 power rankings, from the 28-team district tournament.
NEWS
September 25, 2015 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
She's performed for presidents, the Queen of England, and Pope John Paul II. On Saturday, Aretha Franklin will headline the Festival of Families concert attended by Pope Francis on his historic visit to Philadelphia. The Queen of Soul talked with The Inquirer on Tuesday about what the event means to the star, a seasoned pro and lifelong Baptist; whom she's bringing with her; and the very special gift she hopes to give the pontiff. Did you reach out to volunteer for this or were you contacted?
NEWS
September 11, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
POPE FRANCIS' impending visit has most Philadelphians on edge, none more so than the people whose back yards are playing host to His Holiness. The Logan Square Neighborhood Association hosted an informational session last night in the Cathedral Basilica of Ss. Peter and Paul, the church on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway where the pope will celebrate Mass on Sept. 26. Despite the gloomy weather, about 60 residents of the Center City neighborhood - bounded by Spring Garden Street on the north, Market Street on the south, the Schuylkill River on the west and Broad Street on the East - came to hear Deputy Mayor Everett Gillison and officials from the World Meeting of Families, the police and the Secret Service perform the unenviable job of fielding concerns about how the papal visit will disrupt their lives.
SPORTS
September 10, 2015 | By Mark Whited, Inquirer Staff Writer
It wasn't long into overtime Tuesday when Angela Gervasi took matters into her own hands to conclude a Catholic Academies soccer matchup. Within the first minute of the extra period, the junior took control of the ball, broke past a trio of defenders, and scored to give host Mount St. Joseph a 3-2 win over Villa Maria. Ashley Pyne scored and assisted Reagan Fitzgerald on a goal. Pioneer Athletic Conference. Kylie Cherneskie powered Pope John Paul II's offense, recording a hat trick in a 7-0 rout at Pottstown.
NEWS
August 3, 2015
ISSUE | PAPAL MATTERS Costs covered It's hard to believe The Inquirer used a couple pages and a flattering photo from 1979 to praise a lawyer who sued the city over the visit of Pope John Paul II ("Ensuring separation of church, state," July 26). What was the point other than irritating those excited about Pope Francis' visit? No one wants to hear about 1979 hippies, civil-liberties zealots, and other fringe groups vs. a truly important 2015 event. The city already has said it is being reimbursed for the expenses of the papal events.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 1, 2015 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Architecture Critic
The pope was immensely popular, and his visit to the redbrick city was seen as a history-making event. People streamed in - by bus, train, and foot - to hear him speak in a sprawling public park, and they turned the city's old, narrow streets into tributaries of flowing humanity. Yet the communal joy was tempered by fresh news of a brazen bombing. Fears of a terrorist attack left government officials on edge. That was Dublin in 1979 and I was a young (very young!) reporter covering the visit of Pope John Paul II for a monthly Irish "news" magazine called Magill . Along with 5,000 or so members of the international press corps, I trailed the pope during the 51 hours he spent in Ireland, following the frenzied pack as it moved from Dublin to the remote village of Knock to the free drinks at the bar in the Irish parliament.
NEWS
July 2, 2015 | By Martha Woodall and Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writers
During two whirlwind days in Philadelphia in September, Pope Francis will speak about immigration and religious liberty outside Independence Hall and visit inmates at the city's largest prison. Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said the pope's itinerary says, "I walk with you - and so does the Lord. " Mayor Nutter, who returned last week from Rome as part of a delegation firming up plans for Francis' visit, said he was not surprised by the pope's plans to visit Independence Hall or a prison.
NEWS
May 21, 2015 | By Mark Macyk, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ryan DeWalt and Evan Harkins combined on a no-hitter as 10th-seeded Germantown Academy hit the road Tuesday and eliminated No. 7 Germantown Friends, 3-1, in the first round of the PAISAA baseball tournament. DeWalt struck out four in three innings. Harkins fanned seven in four innings of relief. DeWalt, a Lehigh recruit, exited so that he could pitch in the quarterfinals Thursday at Haverford School. Haverford School 14, Barrack Hebrew 2 - Nick Greco went 2 for 3 with a home run and four RBIs and Bryan Hyland went 3 for 3 with three runs and three RBIs to lead the No. 2 Fords at home against the No. 15 Cougars.
NEWS
March 13, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
WHILE MOST mortals think of vacations as a chance to chill out on a beach in the sun, for John Rubbo it was adventure time. John was a scuba diver who liked discovering shipwrecks in the dark corners of the seas where he loved to swim. He panned for gold in Alaska, rappelled down the side of the Municipal Services Building, buzzed around in private planes and visited 20 countries. He once told his family, "There's a big world out there. Go see it. " He died Wednesday at the age of 90. John's adventurous spirit might have been traced back to his service as a Royal Air Force fighter pilot during the Battle of Britain before the United States entered World War II. He was shot down over the English Channel and broke both legs.
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