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April 3, 2005 | By Dale Mezzacappa INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
When Pope John Paul II visited Philadelphia on Oct. 3 and 4, 1979, it was an event unlike any the city had ever seen. During the 21-hour, 12-minute visit, Philadelphians joined hands as one. Crowds were stupendously large, but traffic was manageable. Strangers became friends, and while few among the multitudes got very close to the white-clad Pole, civility, generosity and spirituality were the rule. The visit came just three years after the Pope had attended the Eucharistic Congress here as the relatively anonymous Cardinal Karol Wojtyla.
NEWS
February 1, 1995 | By Kay Raftery, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The tone for the afternoon was set when Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua entered the lobby of Presentation B.V.M. School in Havertown and was greeted by the principal, Sister Nicoletta Maria. "This schedule gives me five minutes in each class," said the cardinal, looking at a printed sheet. "Would it be possible to group them together to give me more time?" "Of course," Sister Nicoletta said, then turned and whispered instructions to a few of the teachers gathered in the hallway.
NEWS
November 22, 1995 | By Analisa Nazareno, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
If some students were allowed an excused absence to see the Pope in early October, shouldn't students who made the Million Man March be excused as well? Board of Education members pondered that question during Monday's board conference meeting after a board member suggested that students who attended the Million Man March be allowed an excused absence. The suggestion stirred a debate and prompted a district investigation of attendance policies. "We cannot say that it's OK to see the Pope and not OK to make the Million Man March," said Cindi Seider Collins, the school board member who brought up the issue.
NEWS
February 25, 2013
Archbishop Chaput says the next pope faces serious challenges in a church seeking unity. Currents, C1.
NEWS
June 15, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
Four Southwest Philadelphia men were found guilty Monday of various charges in the 2013 kidnapping and attempted murder of a man lured into a drug sale after he won several thousand dollars at SugarHouse Casino in Fishtown. The Common Pleas Court jury of nine women and three men deliberated for six days, after hearing three weeks of testimony, before returning guilty verdicts against Christopher Cooley, 33; Timothy Gooden, 38; Shaheed Smith, 37; and Kylieff Brown, 28, in the Dec. 8, 2013 incident involving Kevin Slaughter.
NEWS
May 8, 2001
Welcoming the pope to Damascus, Syrian president Bashar Assad referred to Jews "betray[ing]" Jesus. He should be on the New York Knicks.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 21, 2015 | Howard Gensler, Daily News Staff Writer gensleh@phillynews.com, 215-854-5678
TORONTO - Canadian journalist Naomi Klein became an important commenter on the world scene with her 2007 book, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism . Her latest book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate , talks about the overhaul needed to our economic system if we want to save our land, water and food from destruction. It's a controversial approach, especially here in the U.S., where a very loud faction of the political class does not even believe that climate change is real.
NEWS
April 15, 2005
The writer of the April 14 letter "Wrong about Pope" claims that I blamed John Paul II for 12 million AIDS deaths. In fact, I wrote that AIDS killed tens of millions, and I highlighted the plight of 12 million children orphaned by AIDS. I did not blame the Pope for the deaths. I pointed out, however, that in the face of this catastrophe, he refused to ease his opposition to the use of condoms, which can slow the spread of the disease. Frida Ghitis Atlanta
NEWS
September 10, 1987 | By SCOTT FLANDER, Daily News Staff Writer
If Pope John Paul II were to look into the troubled eyes of the Catholic Church in America, he would find a woman looking back. Virtually all the major issues separating American Catholics from the pope are women's issues as well. Abortion, birth control, divorce, premarital sex, sterilization, artificial insemination - all, to a greater or lesser extent, have become means through which women have sought equality with men. "What they all come down to are very personal choices a woman makes in her life: who we love and when we have children," said Patricia Ireland, executive vice president of the National Organization for Women.
NEWS
October 1, 2015
WILL POPE FRANCIS' urging that we all commit to helping the poor make a difference? I hope the pope's advocacy of the poor not only changes minds but also inspires people to become involved in helping the less fortunate. "Each son or daughter of a given country has a mission, a personal and social responsibility," the pope said during his address to a joint session of Congress. And don't just give your money. Give your time and talents. My husband, who stretches out his workday so that he can have a day off every other week, has decided to spend many of those days accompanying me to a prison in Maryland where we teach financial literacy to inmates.
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