Pope in Philly

 

Fishtown: First Presbyterian Church Opens Doors as the City Shuts Down

Fishtown: First Presbyterian Church Opens Doors as the City Shuts Down

Though the streets of Fishtown were no more crowded than usual during the papal visit, one community leader still saw the event as a great way to build the neighborhood’s unity. Reverend Shawn Hyska, pastor for the First Presbyterian Church in Kensington, said he wanted to be sure community members had somewhere to go during […]

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Pope in Philly: One Faith’s Celebration is Another’s Inconvenience

Pope in Philly: One Faith’s Celebration is Another’s Inconvenience

Hugh Taft-Morales didn’t expect this. “I knew it was going to be big,” he said. “It’s well beyond what I thought it was going to be. Clearly, Philadelphia’s got a lot of Catholic tradition and heritage.” Taft-Morales is not Catholic, nor is he from Philadelphia. The leader of the Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia, he […]

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Chinatown: Chinese Catholics Create An Immigrant Landing Pad in Philadelphia

Chinatown: Chinese Catholics Create An Immigrant Landing Pad in Philadelphia

Pope Francis ended his inaugural visit to the United States of America, celebrating multiple masses and public events as part of the World Meeting of Families.  One of the primary issues the Pontiff focused on during his time in the US was immigration. In his address to the United States Congress, Pope Francis drew on his own […]

 

Germantown: Cunningham Piano Donated an Organ for The Papal Events

Germantown: Cunningham Piano Donated an Organ for The Papal Events

The Cunningham Piano Company donated a digital organ for the Papal services that concluded yesterday with Pope Francis leading a mass on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.  “I’m a musician, and, of course, I’m a business owner, so this works with all of my passions together,” said Cunningham co-owner Rich Galassini (pictured above). The Cunningham team […]

 

Northeast: Catholic High Schools Mixed About Pope

Northeast: Catholic High Schools Mixed About Pope

George Todt looked at Archbishop Ryan High School’s rear grounds as he reflected on Pope John Paul II’s Oct. 3, 1979 visit to Philadelphia. John Paul II had come to a city where 1 million people had attended his open-air Mass, at the Cathedral-Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, in Logan Circle Todt remembered John […]

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Education: ‘Catholic Identity Pledge’ Meets Diversity at Local Catholic Schools

Education: ‘Catholic Identity Pledge’ Meets Diversity at Local Catholic Schools

Archdiocese Catholic school students found a new document slipped into their application and entrance packets: The Memorandum of Understanding. The decree, released earlier this month from the office of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia requires all parents and students enrolled, or seeking enrollment, in Catholic schools to pledge their support of one “Catholic identity” as dictated […]

 

Fairmount: Pope Visit Disrupted Wake Up Yoga’s Routine

Fairmount: Pope Visit Disrupted Wake Up Yoga’s Routine

The Papal visit had some businesses stressing out about the crowds and disruptions – even Wake Up Yoga in Fairmount. While normally offering a variety of weekend classes to help people relieve stress, the facility only be offered a 10 a.m. class on Saturday and no classes on Sunday. Student manager Alane Goldberg believed this […]

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The Pope In Philly: LGBTQI Coalition Finding a Voice during Papal Visit

The Pope In Philly: LGBTQI Coalition Finding a Voice during Papal Visit

Last week, members of the Catholic coalition Equally Blessed came together to introduce members of their pilgrimage to Philadelphia’s World Meeting of Families (WMF). Equally Blessed fights for both recognition and equality for LGBTQI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex) persons and their families within the Catholic church. The coalition consists of the four organizations […]

 

World Meeting of Families: The Festivities Begin …

World Meeting of Families: The Festivities Begin …

The Pennsylvania Convention Center opened its doors this weekThe Festivities Begin as the World Meeting of Families officially began. Pilgrims from all over the world gathered in the Convention Center to check in, get their T-shirts and other memorabilia in preparation for the Francis Festival this coming weekend. Pilgrims from waited in line at check […]

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The Pope In Philly: “My Spiritual Practice Helps me Figure out Where my Place in the Universe is,” says R. Eric Thomas.

The Pope In Philly: “My Spiritual Practice Helps me Figure out Where my Place in the Universe is,” says R. Eric Thomas.

R. Eric Thomas is the program director at the William Way LGBT Community Center, which is holding a “Celebration of Inclusive Family” on Sept 26 and 27 during the papal visit. Thomas may be new to the center—he’s been there for two months—but he’s already contributing to the cause. When did the idea of the papal celebration […]