September 27, 2015 |
UNITED NATIONS - Pope Francis on Friday hailed the role of the United Nations in promoting human rights, peacekeeping, and advancing the rule of law, and urged its member nations to do more to protect the environment and the world's neediest. Before a stage of world leaders, Francis amplified the themes he has struck during his historic North American journey. Speaking in his native Spanish, his message was more fluid - and at times more pointed - than the unprecedented address he gave in halting English to Congress on Thursday.
June 25, 2015 |
ROME - A meeting Tuesday of a Vatican archbishop under investigation for embezzlement with Mayor Nutter and Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput was nothing but warm and friendly. Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, hosted the meeting with about a dozen members of the Philadelphia delegation making final plans for Pope Francis' visit in September. The council is the Vatican office overseeing the World Meeting of Families. Paglia is under investigation by Italian authorities, according to European news reports.
November 20, 2014 |
For Philadelphia's Catholic leaders, Pope Francis' announcement that he will visit the city was worthy of a Rocky dance - the one where the fictional boxer bounces on the balls of his feet, fists raised in the air, just after conquering the Art Museum steps. Fittingly, the organizers of the Catholic Church's World Meeting of Families chose the Art Museum's Grand Hall, just a few feet from the famous steps, to relay the news. It was the culmination of months of efforts to secure the pope's attendance, including a trip to Rome by Archbishop Charles Chaput, Mayor Nutter, and Gov. Corbett.
November 17, 2014 |
STUDENTS FROM the Archdiocese of Philadelphia have written more than 10,000 letters to the Vatican, hoping that Pope Francis will accept their invitations to come to Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families next September. Archdiocesan students and teachers from local elementary, secondary and special education schools announced news of the major shipment yesterday from the Archdiocesan Pastor Center in Center City. "These letters truly represent the great love and enthusiasm that the Holy Father brings, not only to the world, but to our young people in Philadelphia," said Christopher Mominey, secretary and Chief Operating Officer of Catholic Education.
September 26, 2014 |
At the United Nations General Assembly Wednesday, President Obama challenged world leaders to join together "to reject the cancer of violent extremism. " I believe his speech will be remembered as one of the most important of his career. His message was tough - without any of his trademark ambivalence. He urged Muslim leaders to unify against a new breed of terrorists such as ISIS, which can use modern technology to wreak worldwide havoc. He said the United States would "work with a broad coalition to dismantle this network of death" and was asking "the world to join in this effort.
September 19, 2014 |
IT WAS ONLY about three years ago Joanne Graham - longtime resident of working-class Eastwick, wedged between the overpasses of I-95 and the Cobbs Creek floodplain under the shadows of jumbo jets landing at Philadelphia International Airport - started to think seriously about the environment. The environment on her block, that is. The nonstop flooding in Graham's stretch of Eastwick, which is causing a corner of her home to slowly sink, turned the part-time consultant into a community activist.
August 31, 2014 |
The Philadelphia Bar Association will host bar leaders from London, Beijing, Frankfurt, and other major cities at a conference from Sept. 10 to 13 aimed at showcasing the city's attributes as a crossroads of cultural and economic activity. Association chancellor William Fedullo said a focus of the World City Bar Leaders conference will be discussions on expanding legal representation for low-income people in civil litigation. Besides other legal discussions and cultural events, the conference will have a presentation by Kenneth Feinberg on responding to catastrophes.
January 30, 2014 |
On a warm November afternoon in northern Uganda, Aida Marcial heard that the serial rapist she had been investigating had been spotted downtown, and drove there with local police. She video-recorded the arrest and his subsequent confession to 10 counts of sexual assault; enough evidence, she said, to put him away for a long time even by Uganda's less stringent judicial standards. In talking about the case, the first image Marcial dug up during an interview this month is of one of the victims, age 9, smiling at the camera with her thin arms wrapped around Marcial.
December 7, 2013 |
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, an extraordinary moral authority who became South Africa's first black president and inspired the peaceful transfer of power in the harshly segregated nation, died Thursday at his home in Johannesburg. Mr. Mandela, 95, who devoted his life to fighting apartheid, became one of the 20th century's most revered leaders after he was released from nearly three decades in prison in 1990 and led the nation on a path to reconciliation rather than revolution. He shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 with F. W. de Klerk, the former South African president who negotiated the white government's abdication of power, resulting in Mr. Mandela's landslide 1994 election in the nation's first all-race vote.
July 1, 2013 |
ATLANTA - Former President Jimmy Carter says religious leaders, including those in Christianity and Islam, share the blame for mistreatment of women across the world. The human-rights activist said Friday that religious authorities have perpetuated misguided doctrines of male superiority, from the Catholic Church's forbidding women from becoming priests to some African cultures' mutilating the genitals of young girls. Carter said the doctrines, which he described as theologically indefensible, contribute to a political, social, and economic structure where political leaders passively accept violence against women, a worldwide sex-slave trade, and inequality in the workplace and classroom.