April 24, 2014 |
Like a fan trying to sneak past the velvet rope, 15-year-old George Majoros used his connections. He had washed dishes and bused cafeteria tables at the hilltop complex in Bucks County, so he volunteered for extra duty. Maybe, he thought, he could catch a glimpse. Then, the big name Majoros had ditched school to see came into view. The Polish cardinal swept into the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa in crimson vestments. Cardinal Karol Wojtyla looked at the teen, shook his finger, and said, "Little boy, you should be in school," Majoros recalled.
April 13, 2014 |
The count was two strikes and no balls. But Zach Kurtz, a senior leftfielder for Penn Charter, did not worry about taking a defensive swing. Kurtz saw a fastball he liked and yanked it over the left-field fence for a two-run homer to score the go-ahead runs in the seventh inning of a 5-4 win at Haverford School. It was the first home run of the season for Kurtz, and it delivered the first Inter-Ac League victory for coach Dave Miller. PJ Pagan also hit a home run for Penn Charter.
April 2, 2014 |
With just seconds left in Nazareth Academy's nonleague girls' lacrosse showdown with Conwell-Egan on Monday afternoon, Maura Devaney made sure it didn't go on much longer. The senior scored with just six seconds remaining to lift the Pandas over host Conwell-Egan, 8-7. Devaney scored from right outside the goalmouth off a pass from Mary Wilkinson. Wilkinson tallied a pair of goals. Nazareth's scoring barrage was led by Erin Roche, who scored twice in each half. In another nonleague lacrosse contest: Hanna Bogorowski scored three times, but Germantown Academy fell to Stoneridge in Washington D.C., 9-8. Cooper Hall and Jennifer Stack each added a pair of goals.
March 26, 2014 |
ROME - A high-level delegation led by Gov. Corbett, Mayor Nutter, and Archbishop Charles J. Chaput arrived in Rome Monday on a mission to persuade Pope Francis to come to Philadelphia next year for an international church gathering. The delegation of Pennsylvania political, business, and community leaders will meet with the pontiff on Wednesday, so Monday gave members a chance to get in some touring. One stop for Nutter was the Pantheon in Central Rome, where he posed for a "selfie" with a couple from Gettysburg, Pa. He also shook hands with Romans, who apparently had no idea who he is but figured he has to be somebody based on the pack of cameras following him. The officials purpose of the trip is to plan for the World Meeting of Families, a once every three-year event started by Pope John Paul II. Philadelphia will be the first U.S. city to host the gathering, which could bring more than 1 million people to the city if the pope decides to attend.
March 26, 2014
To the casual observer, it might look like just another sightseeing group taking selfies in Rome. But this entourage includes Gov. Corbett, Mayor Nutter, and Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput. The delegation will have an audience Wednesday with Pope Francis to see if he will attend the September 2015 World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, which his predecessor, Benedict XVI, announced and was expected to attend. This eighth meeting will be very important for Pennsylvania, even if the pope decides he won't be able to participate.
March 26, 2014 |
ROME - When Jeannette Lerman-Neubauer of Philadelphia steps forward to greet Pope Francis at an audience here Wednesday, the three small gifts she presents him might strike him as curious. First, they are Jewish. They are also associated with children, not elderly popes. And they are traditionally used to celebrate Hanukkah, still many months away. If Lerman-Neubauer has an opportunity to explain the gifts, she said she would tell Francis about the moving audience her father had with Pope John Paul II a decade ago. How John Paul, the Polish-born pope, and Miles Lerman, a founder of the Holocaust Museum in Washington, shared memories of the Nazi extermination of Polish Jews during World War II. "They were both focused on reconciliation," Lerman-Neubauer explained in an interview.
March 23, 2014
BASEBALL NONLEAGUE Archbishop Ryan 6, Central 4: A three-run double in the fifth inning by Matt Wilson pushed the Raiders past visiting Central. Wilson's bases-clearing knock gave Archbishop Ryan a 6-3 lead. Matt Rocchi picked up the win for the Raiders. Germantown Friends 4, Calvary Christian 3: Oliver Mitchell-Boyask threw a complete game and struck out the side in the seventh inning to ice the game for the visiting Tigers. The junior struck out six batters. Germantown Academy scored all four of its runs in the fourth inning.
March 9, 2014 |
MAYOR NUTTER has been involved in his share of negotiations. But he doesn't expect the skills he learned at the bargaining table to come in handy when he, Gov. Corbett and Archbishop Charles Chaput go to the Vatican later this month to ask Pope Francis to come to Philadelphia next year. "I've never spoken to a pope, but I don't think you sell a pope. You wait for a decree and you take what you get," he joked while answering questions at a news conference yesterday. "It's only in Philadelphia that folks talk about trying to seal deals with the pope.
February 28, 2014 |
Thanks to freshman Matt Cerruti's increased playing time and maturation over the last two months, Lower Moreland's bid for the District 1 Class AAA boys' basketball title remains alive. Cerruti scored 17 points, including the deciding basket with 5.5 seconds to go, to help the Lions overcome a 12-point deficit late in the third quarter and rally for a 59-58 semifinal victory over stunned Pope John Paul II on Wednesday evening at Colonial Elementary School in Plymouth Meeting. The 6-foot-1, 140-pound Cerruti, a sixth man who netted eight points in the first half and nine in the second, decided matters with a left-side, pull-up jumper.
February 27, 2014 |
Just before Merion Mercy's free-throw shooters released their shots in a deathly silent Wissahickon gym, a boy from the Radnor student section sneezed, yelled, or made animal noises on cue to create a distraction. Eventually, the Merion Mercy crowd tried to counter, and as fate would have it, Radnor had the game in the balance at the line in the final seconds. Fifth-seeded Merion Mercy (14-12) ended up missing 8 of 15 free throws a game after making 24 of 30 in the quarterfinals against Chichester, but nothing could distract Myonie Williamson and Nicole Massimino.