March 31, 2016 |
A decade ago, Andrew Hottle, a professor of art history at Rowan University, undertook what he thought was a mundane task: finding an image to show his class of The Sister Chapel , a feminist art collaboration from the 1970s. He had come across a brief article about the work, but as he searched for more information, he found little had been written about the exhibition or the artists. A few were well-known - the most famous was painter Alice Neel - but others he had never heard of. And the artwork itself was nowhere to be found.
December 27, 2015
We often are asked how we find special destinations or unearth unique sights and experiences on our journeys. In almost five years of constant travel, we've picked up a few tips (many of which we've shared in this column). However, the real secret is not what we find, but how we travel. Every year, we review our travels and remind ourselves of a few simple techniques that allow us to enjoy a richer travel experience. Here are our New Year's resolutions: Skip the crowds . Popular sights are diminished by hordes of people.
August 1, 2015 |
The Philadelphia Historical Commission has unanimously designated as historic the frescoes of St. Augustine Roman Catholic Church, the oldest of their kind in this country. They were painted in 1848, one year after the church, at 243 N. Lawrence St., alongside the Ben Franklin Bridge, was rebuilt. It was burned down during anti-Catholic riots in 1844, a time when Irish immigrants largely made up its thousands of parishioners. It's remarkable, historians say, that the frescoes have survived to the present day. "The Lord Seeth," inscribed above a massive fresco depicting the Crucifixion, appears at the front altar of the Old City church, built in a style reminiscent of Roman cathedrals.
June 5, 2015 |
A collection of Vatican artifacts will be arriving just in time for the Papal visit, but not in the pontiff's carry-on bag. The Franklin Institute is set to host "Vatican Splendors," an exhibit showcasing 200 objects spanning Vatican history, the museum announced Friday. "In 109 days the world is coming," said Donna Crilley Farrell, executive director of the World Meeting of Families. "This is going to be truly one of the showpieces. " About 80 of the relics in the exhibit, opening Sept.
April 3, 2015 |
JESSE KRIMES, an artist from Lancaster County, was sentenced in 2009 to five years in federal prison for possession of powdered cocaine with intent to distribute. His new neighbors were the Aryan Brotherhood, the Mexican Mafia and other prison gangs. "I thought to myself, 'Where the hell am I?' " said Krimes, 32, a free man since last year, sitting in his Spring Garden studio in Olivet Covenant Church's former Sunday school. "I asked myself, 'How am I going to survive?' " He survived for a year at the Federal Correctional Complex in Butner, N.C., by drawing portraits of gang members, who sent them home to their loved ones.
March 16, 2013 |
Just after Jorge Mario Bergoglio became Pope Francis, I received a text from my son: "I guess I took the right Confirmation name. " Last year, at age 33, Nick was confirmed in the Catholic faith, and he adopted the name of Francis in honor of Francis of Assisi. I remember asking him why. "The guy was crazy, Dad. " Not an auspicious start, but I listened on. "You know, he was from a pretty well-to-do family. He rejected everything, wouldn't even wear shoes. " "You're not thinking of going shoeless.
March 15, 2013 |
VATICAN CITY - On his first day as shepherd of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics, Pope Francis picked up his luggage at a Vatican hotel, personally thanked each member of the staff, and even paid his own bill. Then, at his first Mass, he delivered a short, unscripted homily - in Italian, not the Latin of his predecessor - holding the cardinals who elected him responsible for keeping the church strong. Pope for barely 12 hours, Francis brushed off years of tradition and formality Thursday with a remarkable break in style that sent a clear message that his papacy is poised to reject many of the trappings enjoyed by the now-retired Benedict XVI. That was hardly out of character for Francis.
March 14, 2013 |
VATICAN CITY - This time there was no doubt. There was no new pope yet, and the mystery of who - and when - was as thick as the unmistakable heavy black smoke billowing from the Sistine Chapel chimney. As thousands waited in a cold night rain in St. Peter's Square, the cardinals signaled Tuesday that they had failed on their first attempt to find a leader for the world's 1.2 billion Catholics and their troubled church. "It's black, it's black, it's waaay black!" screamed Eliza Nagle, a 21-year-old Notre Dame theology major on an exchange program in Rome, as the smoke poured from the 6-foot-high copper chimney.
March 14, 2013 |
Maria Travaglio wept with joy when news came that a Latino had been chosen as pope. "It's about time," said the Philadelphia Archdiocese Catholic Social Services worker, who born and raised in Argentina. "I can't believe it. Wow. " Travaglio was crying tears of happiness in the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadelphia, where she and others gathered to watch the announcement. Across the Philadelphia region, Catholics rejoiced and non-Catholics took notice, the world seeming to stop for a moment for the selection of a new pope: Pope Francis, the former Cardinal Bergoglio.
March 13, 2013 |
CARDINAL Justin Rigali, the former archbishop of Philadelphia, is the only papal elector with strong local ties - but his role in the conclave may not be limited to a single tally. Rigali, a Los Angeles native, is playing a big role in unifying the American cardinals and unlocking their potential influence over who will be the next pope. Despite being the second-largest national group in the conclave for decades, Americans have not traditionally wielded much clout behind the closed doors of the Sistine Chapel - in part because they rarely voted as a bloc.