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October 26, 2006
THERE IS A GREAT need for prayer in our nation. The world is in a critical time, and sin and destruction are everywhere. Who can save a world that is slowly dying? The tragic murders of innocent Amish children horrified me. I worry every day that my little girl goes out to school. I pray and thank God when she returns safe and unharmed. The Amish are a close-knit community that pray together, dedicated to peaceful living. How appalling that something like this could happen to them.
NEWS
January 3, 2007
MY PRAYERS go out to the family of Puddles, the kidnapped Yorkie. The person who took him must be related to the monster who ran over our family cat Kiri recently and never stopped. I was never an animal lover till my son brought Kiri in the house three months ago and demanded we keep him. That cat became my alarm clock, my foot warmer and a friend. When he died in my son's arms, a light in our hearts went dim. I cried because my son's heart was broken. To the McCaskill family: Accept my prayers for Puddles' return.
NEWS
February 5, 1989 | By Curtis Rist, Inquirer Staff Writer
Miss Leber's sophomore English class began promptly at 12:30, just after lunch. But first, the class paused in its study of Dickens and Tennyson. "Dear Lord, help us as we study the Victorian period, which started out so well, then went into decline," prayed the teacher, Kelly Leber. Outside, church bells from the First Presbyterian Church of Coatesville chimed out the tune of Bach's "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring. " The seven students in the sophomore class of the Lan-Chester Christian School turned their thoughts and prayers to the Victorians, and talked about how a generation that emphasized morality and respectability became fetid with moral depravity.
NEWS
September 14, 1990 | BY CHUCK STONE
Two days ago, the Downingtown Area Board of Education voted to prohibit prayers or religious references during high school ceremonies. In Chester County, the Owen J. Roberts school board unanimously banned three months ago prayer from commencement exercises after the American Civil Liberties Union had sought an injunction against the use of an invocation and benediction at commencement exercises. In California, the ACLU is also suing to prevent the city of Benicia from proclaiming 1990 the International Year of the Bible.
NEWS
May 25, 2007 | By JOSEPH P. BLAKE For the Daily News
If you find the view of a particular corner obstructed this evening by a group of people with heads bowed and knees bent, it's one of many strategies in play to help end the senseless violence in this city. It's called prayer. "Over 100 churches of all denominations will be praying on corners across the city today between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.," said Bishop Jimmy Ellis, of the Victory Christian Center, on Whitby Avenue near Baltimore, one of dozens of churches that are part of the new Interdenominational Crusade for Peace, formed to address the city's rash of homicides.
NEWS
January 16, 1998 | By Kay Raftery, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The Haverford Township Clergy Association will begin a Week of Prayer for Christian Unity at 7:30 a.m. Sunday with a breakfast at Union United Methodist Church, 200 Brookline Blvd., Havertown. The speaker will be Sister Helene Gardner of St. John Neumann Catholic Church. The cost is $6. Call 610-789-1700. From 7:30 to 9 a.m. from Monday through Jan. 23, there will be a showing of the video The System Belongs to God at St. Faith Episcopal Church, Brookline Boulevard and Allston Road, Havertown.
LIVING
November 24, 1996 | By Ellen O'Brien, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Before the toasts, before the stuffing, sometimes even before the kickoffs, comes the grace. At Thanksgiving tables far and wide this week, parents and grandparents will rise and offer their blessings to the assembled. This can be an awkward moment in households unaccustomed to praying aloud. In many other homes, though, the blessings are joyous and freely offered. From the first, Thanksgiving has been set apart as a prayerful day, and it has brought a rich trove of blessings.
SPORTS
November 2, 2011 | INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Prayer for Relief has been scratched from the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic on Saturday at Churchill Downs. Breeders' Cup officials said Tuesday that the 3-year-old colt has developed a fever and will remain in California at trainer Bob Baffert's barn. Prayer for Relief started the season with four straight wins, including the Iowa Derby, the West Virginia Derby and the Super Derby at Louisiana Downs. His lone loss of the campaign came in his last start, a third-place finish in the Oklahoma Derby.
NEWS
June 8, 1990 | By Jim Smith, Daily News Staff Writer Staff writer Cynthia Burton contributed to this report
Downingtown public school officials seem hellbent on bedeviling the principle of separation of church and state, lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union contend. In a federal suit filed yesterday against the Downingtown schools, ACLU lawyers said permitting Christian clergy to pray at school events is unconstitutional and could make non-Christians "feel like second class citizens. " ACLU legal director Stefan Presser, in a hearing in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia, initially sought to block a minister from praying or preaching at tonight's commencement exercises for Downingtown Area High School in Chester County.
NEWS
February 14, 1991 | By Tal Wongse-Sanit, Special to The Inquirer
Archbishop Anthony Bevilacqua exhorted about 500 people at a Wayne Catholic church Tuesday night to have faith in their ability to bring about world peace by building peace among themselves. "We can't change Hussein, can't convince Bush to stop it, but we can change our lives and become the peacemakers Christ wanted us to be," the archbishop said in his celebration of a Mass for Peace at St. Katharine of Siena Catholic Church. "Blessed are the peacemakers for they are the children of God. " Alluding to the church's stance in opposition to the settling of the dispute by conflict, he compared it to a clown trying to warn a town of a coming fire.
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NEWS
May 5, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
IF YOU NEEDED musical entertainment for a special event, Anthony White would have been your man. Anthony was a child prodigy on the piano, and in later years he was in demand everywhere, from funeral homes to churches to the performance halls where he opened for some of Philly's outstanding musicians. "Anthony was always willing to play for any event you asked," his family said. Anthony Rayvon White, who formerly worked for the Pennsylvania Unemployment Office and the University of Pennsylvania Science Center, a king of the barbecue grill who loved to entertain, died April 23 after a brief illness.
NEWS
April 17, 2015 | BY BOB STEWART, Daily News Staff Writer stewarr@phillynews.com, 215-854-4890
DAVID ALICEA, 2, and his uncle Joey Rivera, 13, often enjoyed watching Lightning McQueen in the animated "Cars" movies. But that won't happen anymore. A speeding vehicle struck David and his mother Monday night in front of their Fairhill home. The driver never stopped. "They took our angel away from us," Gloria Aponte said of David, breaking down in tears just a few feet from where her grandson was hit. David succumbed to his injuries early yesterday. His mother, Josephine Rivera, 19, survived but remained at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children.
NEWS
January 17, 2015 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
The bell buzzes, and a correctional officer unlocks the towering blue door into the Camden County Jail. A metal detector greets visitors. Cellphones stay at the front desk, coats on a nearby hanger. Two doors operated from a control room grudgingly slide open, leading to an elevator. It has only a few buttons - open door, close door, stop - no floor options. It, too, is operated from afar. The elevator opens on the seventh floor. To the right, past a green cage door, is the gym. On Thursday morning, at least, the room offered inmates a brief change of scene from the jail drab.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
December 7, 2014 | BY BECKY BATCHA, Daily News Staff Writer batchab@phillynews.com, 215-854-5757
  TO KICK OFF the 2014 Christmas season, consumers observed Black Friday and Cyber Monday in quick succession. Giving Tuesday came next. And then, on Wednesday, in the serene Sacred Heart Chapel at the Grey Nuns' motherhouse in Yardley, they were invited to rest their checkbooks for the sisters' Advent Evening of Reflection, a contemplative annual antidote to the holiday rush. Call it Grey Wednesday. Sisters Jean Liston and Anne Boyer led a short teach-in about Catholic theologians Thomas Merton and Henri Nouwen, followed by a candlelit hour of quiet prayer.
NEWS
September 9, 2014 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
IT TOOK A LITTLE HELP, a parishioner's cane to be exact, to unveil a painting of the Holy Family last night at Cathedral Basilica of Ss. Peter and Paul - and it was sort of appropriate given the occasion. The painting was presented before last night's 6:30 p.m. Mass as the official iconic image for the World Meeting of Families - Philadelphia 2015, which is set to draw millions of visitors to the city roughly a year from now. "One year and two weeks two be exact," Archbishop Charles Chaput told the parishioners.
NEWS
September 9, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
IF YOU needed a shopping tip or a spiritual jolt, Marcelene H. Johnson was your woman. Marcie, as she was known to family and friends, was always on the lookout for a bargain, and always ready to shoot up a prayer for anyone who needed it. A natural teacher, Marcie was ready to pass along advice on how to save for a rainy day and how to budget personal finances for anyone who asked her for help. And as a "prayer warrior," she worked on the prayer chain of her church, "providing all callers with a word from God," as her family put it. Marcelene Johnson, a longtime teacher of pupils from preschool to first grade, a civic leader in North Philadelphia, an operator of a hair salon and a dedicated churchwoman, died of heart failure Aug. 22. She was 71. In addition to teaching young children in the public schools, Marcie also taught classes in the Deliverance Evangelistic Church Bible Institute.
NEWS
September 9, 2014 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
In a Sunday evening Mass, Archbishop Charles Chaput unveiled and blessed the official prayer and image for the 2015 World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, which many expect Pope Francis to attend next September. Addressing a congregation that nearly packed the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul, Chaput said, "This place of Philadelphia will be a place of revolution in family life. " Before the archbishop spoke, a few schoolchildren tried unsuccessfully to remove a sheet covering the painting of the image for the World Meeting of Families.
NEWS
September 8, 2014 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
They arrived at Camp Saginaw carrying sleeping bags and blankets, hustled about a soccer field, mounted go-karts - even made s'mores. And just after 1 p.m. Saturday, the scores of boys and men turned east, toward Mecca. "There's a time for prayer, and there's a time for play," said Ahmad Chaudhry, 39, as the Muslim attendees prepared to perform two of five daily prayers beneath a canopy in Oxford, in southwest Chester County. So went the gathering of more than 1,000 attendees in the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association, a branch of the national Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.
NEWS
August 22, 2014 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - Members of the clergy locked arms as they led a march of about 400 Unite Here Local 54 members in "a prayer vigil for Atlantic City's service economy" on Wednesday night. "This is union territory," the casino workers chanted as they marched along New Jersey Avenue amid car horns honking in support. Many held signs, including Linda Bragg, 56, of Atlantic City, who works at Bally's. Hers read: "Atlantic City - Broken Promises. " "We don't want to be a forgotten town," she said.
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