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 |
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 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 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.
February 14, 2014 |
Thaddeus Basara, 75, of Secane, a retired teacher at Penn Wood High School in Lansdowne who once served as a priest in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, died at home Saturday, Feb. 8, of peritoneal cancer, a rare disease that affects the abdominal tissue lining. Mr. Basara, known as Ted, was so inspired by the religious devotion of his family and the priests and nuns he grew up with that he decided to become a priest. He entered St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood at 16, leaving Roman Catholic High School before earning his diploma.
February 10, 2014 |
Standing 6-foot-1, Jenna Carroll can take over a basketball game. With long arms and a good vertical leap, the senior forward for Methacton is an imposing presence in the paint and a force on the boards. The versatile Carroll is also a hard task for opposing defenders because of her solid ballhandling, quick moves, and ability to post up on the block. Possession after possession in the second half against Pope John Paul II on Saturday, Carroll demonstrated just how dangerous she can be on both ends of the floor.
February 4, 2014 |
Susan Bossler remembers the first time she met Ellen Chernaskey. A junior transfer at Pope John Paul II from Berks Catholic, Bossler was a little bit nervous about meeting her new basketball team when Chernaskey, the only senior on the squad, went right up to her and starting talking. Bossler immediately knew she made the right choice in changing schools after such a warm welcome. That has been Chernaskey's modus operandi: She helps her teammates. The Golden Panthers' coach, Dave Baker, called his leader "unbelievable," adding that she is willing to do whatever it takes to foster a new energy in the program.