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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
November 25, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
MARY JONES didn't just practice her religious faith - she lived it. Her membership in the historic Holy Temple Church of God in Christ was her entryway into a life of service to others, especially the sick, the elderly and the incapacitated. Mary Jones, onetime clerk for Saks Fifth Avenue, where she developed her well-known fashion sense, a world traveler, and a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, died Nov. 15. She was 93 and lived in Merion Station, but had lived most of her life in West Philadelphia.
NEWS
November 25, 2015
Mom was on the phone from Queens, this time with a Thanksgiving message for Philly. "Stop and realize that someone out there is waiting for your hand to reach out to them, for your kindness to touch them," Patsy Newall was saying. I will, Mom. After morning Mass every day, my mother says her own little prayer: "Lord, I pray for a good day and that I can help someone today. " My mother takes Thanksgiving seriously. "You should tell people to reach out and help a soul, to do a little kind act. They'll feel a little better knowing they helped someone.
NEWS
November 24, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sister Marie Angela Natoli, 87, former general superior of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, died Friday, Nov. 13, of cardiac arrest at Camilla Hall Nursing Home in Immaculata. Sister Marie Angela was born in Reading, the daughter of Thomas J. and Mariana Stella Natoli. She attended school there before earning a bachelor's degree in history and English from what was then Immaculata College. She earned a master's degree in religious studies from Villanova University in 1973.
NEWS
November 9, 2015 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. - On a busy stretch of Route 9, across the street from the Towne of Historic Smithville, the yellow sandwich-board sign with black letters reads "Drive-Thru Prayer Requests. " An arrow fashioned out of black electrical tape points the way into a dirt driveway along the side of a cemetery. The 1869 white-steepled, postcard-perfect exterior of the Emmaus United Methodist Church of Smithville is the backdrop. At a card table, in a folding chair sits Pastor Don McMahon waiting for any mobile sinners or saints to make a turn into that driveway to seek roadside redemption or holy intercession.
NEWS
November 4, 2015 | Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
I AM A BAD Philadelphian. I just started reading A Prayer for the City , a book I was repeatedly told was pretty much required reading when I moved here three years ago. The book by author Buzz Bissinger is about Mayor Ed Rendell's first term. It's 400-plus pages, but I barely got through the prologue before a quote from Rendell stopped me cold: "Gratuitous, senseless, f---ing violence," Rendell roared in response to violence that was bringing down the city. What a brutally familiar ring that has, on another mayoral Election Day and in the wake of an especially violent weekend in which 14 people were shot, one of them a 16-year-old who later died.
NEWS
October 9, 2015 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
THE HANDWRITTEN prayers tied to the Mary, Undoer of Knots Grotto were offered up in English, in Spanish and in Vietnamese. They came in languages both obscure and universal. More than 150,000 people from around the world and across Philadelphia wrote their prayers on white cloth ribbons that they tied in knots around the grotto, and when the ribbons ran out, the prayerful wrote their pleas on pieces of newspaper, shreds of white T-shirts and paper napkins. "Please heal Monica. " "Please help me find my way. " "Heal his cancer.
NEWS
October 9, 2015 | By Jack Tomczuk, Inquirer Staff Writer
The ribbons inscribed with prayer intentions that were tied to the Knotted Grotto outside the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul will have a new use. Sister Mary Scullion, president of Project HOME, announced Wednesday that the fabric strips will be used as insulation for a new Project HOME property at 2415 N. Broad St. that will provide housing for the homeless. A section of wall in which the ribbons will be placed will be made of glass so the prayer intentions are visible.
SPORTS
October 1, 2015 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
GALLOWAY, N.J. - Who could blame 76ers coach Brett Brown if, after two seasons and a combined 37-127 record, he was looking for a little divine intervention? That certainly wasn't the reasoning for his visit to the Ben Franklin Parkway this past weekend to see Pope Francis, but the worldly coach couldn't pass up a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. So he and injured center Joel Embiid, hobbled with crutches, scored some premium seats to watch Saturday night's festivities. "We were right down there, and because of Joel's injury the Philadelphia and CIA and all the special police treated us well," Brown said.
NEWS
September 25, 2015 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
MORE GOD in the lives of urban American families may be the answer to their struggles to attain a better life, a Philadelphia-based pastor told a small audience at the World Meeting of Families yesterday. "If we get people praying again, our society will become better," said the Rev. Terrence Griffith, the pastor of the 205-year-old First African Baptist Church, the oldest African-American Baptist Church in the state. "If we want to heal our urban society, God must return. If we invite God to come and sit with us, then the place will become better," Griffith told an audience of about 100. Griffith, a native of Grenada who has lived in Philadelphia for 27 years, spoke at the workshop "Concerns of the Urban Family" where he addressed the effect and impact of an array of issues urban families face.
NEWS
September 25, 2015 | BY HELEN UBIÑAS, Daily News Staff Writer ubinas@phillynews.com
THE MAN'S VOICE comes out of the darkness at the corner of Kensington and Allegheny: "You're dead! You're dead!" This is the congregation of the Rev. William Murphy, and from a distance, I can hear the wheels of his small, black, rolling luggage, filled with Pop-Tarts and juice. It's for the Saturday morning Pop-Tart Prayer Walk he has participated in since he and the Rev. Joseph Devlin opened Mother of Mercy House in an old bar. With him is Sam Lufi, a young father who lives nearby.
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