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June 23, 2014 | By D.A. Gleason, For The Inquirer
When I heard that Popes John Paul II and John XXIII would be canonized, I knew I'd be Rome-bound. I traveled to the Eternal City for John Paul's funeral in 2005 and his beatification in 2011, sleeping on the cobblestones to ensure entrance to St. Peter's Square. It worked. This time I decided to travel with an organized group - understanding that I'd be on my own for the canonization, a non-ticketed event. Our group of 40 included a teacher, a musician, an ex-nun, a Korean couple married 50 years, and three priests: Father Matt, a high-energy West Point grad; Father Mike, blind since age 6; and Father Jose, a young Colombian priest serving in Jersey City, N.J. Ordinary people like myself embarking on an extraordinary journey.
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June 6, 1987 | Daily News Wire Services
President Reagan, after denouncing the "implacable reality" of a divided Europe, travels today to the Vatican to meet Pope John Paul II. Reagan and his wife, Nancy, fly to Rome from Venice, where Monday he will attend an economic summit of the Western world's seven leading industrialized nations. The centerpiece of their visit to Vatican City, a sovereign state in the middle of Rome, will be Reagan's private meeting with the pope in his private study on the top floor of the Apostolic Palace.
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February 22, 1998 | By Jack Schnedler, FOR THE INQUIRER
When Ludwig Mies van der Rohe proclaimed that "less is more," the renowned architect was advocating simplicity of detail rather than the virtues of visiting dots on Europe's map. But less can also be more - and littler can be better - for travelers who embark on a dizzying trek such as the one my wife and I took last fall. We collected a priceless set of geographical miniatures by driving 2,400 miles round-trip from Zurich over 11 days to Europe's five smallest continental nations.
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October 27, 1996 | By Robert Strauss, FOR THE INQUIRER
Since we were in the neighborhdd traveling through Italy, we thought we'd bop in on San Marino for lunch. San Marino is one of those cute little European countries that have managed to wangle their way through history as independent entities while the rest of the continent bumps and grinds through rough-and-tumble times. Along with Andorra, Monaco, Liechtenstein and Vatican City, San Marino relies on the good humor of the rest of the world to let it stay cute, little and independent.
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April 17, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI celebrated a very Bavarian birthday Monday, marking his 85th with his brother, bishops and a musical band from his native land at the Vatican. Monday's birthday is just the first in a week of milestones for Benedict. He marks the seventh anniversary of his election as pope on Thursday. And April 24 is the anniversary of the start of his pontificate. Despite his age and increasing frailty - he has begun using a cane on occasion - Benedict has quashed speculation of a possible resignation.
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April 15, 2013 | By Nicole Winfield, Associated Press
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis named eight cardinals from around the globe Saturday to advise him on running the Catholic Church and reforming the Vatican bureaucracy, marking his first month as pope with a major initiative to reflect the universal nature of the church in key governing decisions. The advisory panel includes only one current Vatican official. The rest are cardinals from North, Central, and South America, Africa, Asia, Europe, and Australia. Many have been outspoken in calling for a shake-up of the Vatican bureaucracy, which was last reformed 25 years ago, while others have tried to clean up the church from sexually abusive priests.
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February 27, 2013 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
VATICAN CITY - The Vatican has answered some of the outstanding questions about Pope Benedict XVI's future once he's retired, saying he'll be known as "emeritus pope," and continue to wear a white cassock. The Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi said Tuesday that Benedict himself made the decisions. The pope's title and what he would wear has been a major question ever since Benedict stunned the world and announced he would resign on Thursday. While he will no longer wear his trademark red shoes, Benedict has taken a liking to a pair of hand-crafted brown loafers made for him by artisans in Leon, Mexico and presented to him during his 2012 visit.
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March 15, 2013
VATICAN CITY - At gatherings of Latin American bishops, then-Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio was often a star speaker about economic inequities in a profit-driven world. He also has used the forums to warn fellow church leaders about drifting from core Catholic values and teachings. The twin messages are now expected to frame the beginning of the papacy of Pope Francis: Reinforcing the Vatican's views on issues such as birth control and women's ordination that will disappoint reform-minded followers, yet showing an activist streak that could hearten others pushing for greater attention to problems that include poverty and international debt.
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June 14, 2013 | By Nicole Winfield, Associated Press
VATICAN CITY - The Vatican put a new coin on sale last week to commemorate its historic papal transition. Too bad overseas collectors won't be able to buy it for months. The Associated Press has learned that the Vatican still hasn't fully resolved an embarrassing shutdown in credit card services, despite announcing four months ago that systems were back up. The impact has been far worse than the Vatican let on, costing the Holy See sales at a time when Pope Benedict XVI's resignation and Pope Francis' election laid the groundwork for a bonanza in Vatican-minted papal memorabilia.
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April 14, 2011 | Associated Press
VATICAN CITY - The Vatican has again been embarrassed by a botched translation of its teachings, with the launch yesterday of an error-plagued book that implies the Holy See approves of contraception and euthanasia. The errors came to light during a Vatican news conference launching "Youcat: Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church," a compilation of the thick volume of core church teachings. The book, a project of the Austrian, German and Swiss bishops' conferences, is to be given to young people attending this year's World Youth Day in Madrid.
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February 20, 2016 | By David O'Reilly, Staff Writer
Pope Francis' assertion Thursday that contraception might be acceptable in certain cases, and his criticism of Donald Trump's call for a wall at the Mexican border, may sound startling but are consistent with church teachings, according to some Catholic theologians. Francis, famous for his provocative remarks to reporters, told a news conference as he flew back to Rome that for women at risk of having babies with birth defects because of the Zika virus, using contraceptives to avoid a pregnancy is "a lesser evil" than using abortion to end one. The virus, which is spreading in parts of Central and South America, may cause microcephaly, or diminished skulls.
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November 24, 2015 | BY JOE BRANDT, Daily News Staff Writer brandtj@phillynews.com, 215-854-4890
IN THE WEEKS after Pope Francis blessed their ailing daughter during his visit to Philadelphia, Joe and Kristen Masciantonio probably spent more time in the cancer ward at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia than at Mass at St. Cyril of Jerusalem Church in Jamison. But last week, Joe said, scans showed that a troublesome tumor in 1-year-old Gianna's brain shrank significantly after rounds and rounds of surgeries and chemotherapy, to the point where it's "basically gone. " The tot's stunning reversal of fortune - which came after a dire diagnosis from her doctors - led one family friend to call Gianna's encounter with the pontiff "the Miracle on Market Street.
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September 29, 2015
HE CAME, he saw, he conquered, which is what popes do when they travel. Pope Francis came with more on his plate than other popes. In addition to the usual and universal themes of peace, poverty and piety, Pope Francis - in recent messages - has branched out into climate change, globalization, capitalism, wealth distribution, nuclear disarmament and immigration. He wears two hats, that of pastor and politician. I don't say "politician" to denigrate him. He is the head of state of Vatican City, and he was elected pope by a vote of his fellow cardinals.
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September 29, 2015 | By Peter Dobrin, Inquirer Music Critic
All else seemed but an earthly prologue by Sunday afternoon's massive outdoor papal Mass on the Parkway. The logistical hurdles, pope tchotchkes silly and sincere, the queasy police-state feeling that gripped the city starting Friday - all was set aside as the Philadelphia Orchestra and a chorus of about 500 laid down a soundtrack of contemplation and triumph for an in-person and online audience of perhaps a million or more. The orchestra, led by music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, played Beethoven and Brahms as the papal motorcade arrived at Eakins Oval with the Philadelphia Museum of Art the backdrop, and a canopy of cool gray skies over the crowd.
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September 28, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
THE TRIP from Damascus to Philadelphia takes about 30 hours, a jaunt halfway around the world. The contrast couldn't be greater. So when Riad Sargi stepped off the plane in South Philly yesterday, his wife and three kids at his side, he beamed with joy. Gone were the war-torn streets of his hometown, where a mortar shell recently exploded just 20 meters from his front door. They were replaced with the World Meeting of Families, an event of a lifetime for a man as devout in his faith as Sargi.
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September 25, 2015 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer| narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
GOD'S BANK in Vatican City looks like a castle, the kind of place that might have some special protection from all the vices that billions of dollars might drag in. But, come on, money is money. People are people. There may be no bank in the world that was more secretive, less regulated and flat-out full of shady cash than the Institute for the Works of Religion, otherwise known as the Vatican Bank, and Pope Francis may be the first leader of the Roman Catholic Church to change it from within.
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September 23, 2015 | BY LAUREN McCUTCHEON, Daily News Staff Writer mccutch@phillynews.com, 215-854-5991
Madonna comes to town on tour Thursday, two days before Pope Francis arrives. Coincidence? Or, is the Queen of Pop trying to meet up with il Papa ? Madonna Ciccone, 57, has spent three decades riling up the church that inspired her holy first name. She's rolled around stages in wedding (or are they First Holy Communion?) dresses, accessorized corsets with crucifixes and rosaries (and a belt buckle reading "BOY TOY"), and spoken out loudly and proudly against Catholic orthodoxy.
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September 22, 2015 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
HAVANA - Crowds began forming before dawn Sunday to see Pope Francis, who is making his first visit to this poor island nation, celebrate Mass in Havana's famed Plaza de la Revolucion. Francis arrived about half an hour before the start of the Mass to circle the square in his Popemobile, pausing at times to kiss children and bless people in wheelchairs. Many in the crowd, estimated by the government at 100,000, waved Cuban, Vatican City, and Argentine flags, the last in honor of Francis' country of birth.
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September 15, 2015 | BY JOE BRANDT, Daily News Staff Writer brandtj@phillynews.com, 215-854-4890
A FULL-SIZE casting of a legendary Michelangelo sculpture will be on display at the Pennsylvania Convention Center this month, officials from the World Meeting of Families announced yesterday. Only 100 Vatican-sanctioned marble castings of "Pieta" exist, according to the World Meeting. The 1499 work depicts Jesus post-crucifixion in the arms of his mother, Mary. The World Meeting and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia are hosting the replica in collaboration with Arte Divine, the Vatican Observatory Foundation's licensed distributor of Michelangelo replicas.
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August 20, 2015
ISSUE | POPE FRANCIS This is a test The coming papal visit will subject Philadelphians to martial law without its declaration and without warrant ("Nutter outlines papal security," Friday). The city is being cordoned off into different high-security districts, and interstate travel is being restricted, disturbing millions of lives for the supposed benefit of a few. We were not asked whether we should be so inconvenienced. Mayor Nutter seems to have unilaterally decided he wants it and that everyone who disagrees should either submit to his desire or leave town for three days.
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