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Philly taxpayers pick up $8M tab for Pope Francis visit

The visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia in September looks to have cost taxpayers a grand total of $8 million, reports said.Out of a total cost of$17 million that the city is paying for the weekend of the papal visit, the World Meeting of Families will cover $9 million, the Inquirer reported....

Friday, December 4, 2015 - 3:06am

Win a chance to ride around like the pope

If you missed the pope while he was visiting the U.S.last month, you can still get a taste of the pontiffin your own version of the vehicle in which he was seen cruising around town.The National Italian American Foundation(NIAF) is rafflingoff abrand new 2014 Fiat 500L Lounge that the organization...

Wednesday, October 14, 2015 - 2:58am

Historic Bible Society part of Philly's business boom

When the American Bible Society sold its swanky national headquarters in Manhattan for $300 million and decided to relocate earlier in 2015, the nearly 200-year-old ministry could have gone anywhere, as the ABS has branches throughout the United States.They decided upon Philadelphia however because...

Tuesday, October 13, 2015 - 11:07pm

VIDEO: Papal flag stolen from South Philly residence

A theological question: if you steal a papal flag, are you forgiven by confessing, or do you have to give it back?Surveillance video from the Philadelphia police department captured someone snagging one of the papal flags hung from someone's home on the 600 block of South 27th street.The suspects...

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 1:29pm

The Ernest Opinion: The pope is gone and Mayor Nutter can go with him

Personally, I’ve always liked Mayor Michael Nutter, but I have sometimes questioned his political priorities. Both of us are proud Penn alums, and I often admired how Nutter exuded a sense of immense intellect that was needed to strengthen Philly’s positioning as a first-class city.We aren’t there...

Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - 12:19pm

Why the pope didn't tweet in Philly

Pope Francis isn’t the first pontiff to use Twitter, he’s the second. But he’s the first to use it well.So says author Michael J. O’Loughlin, who wrote the book, "The Tweetable Pope," on Francis’ ability to get the word (or The Word?) out in 140 characters or less.“Pope Francis has adopted it as a...

Monday, September 28, 2015 - 4:43pm

SEPTA: We were awesome during pope Philly visit

SEPTA is patting itself on the back for what it says was a successful papal visit.“Service went extremely well on both days, with no issues or problems other than a few delays,” SEPTA spokeswoman Jerri Williams said in a statement.The transit agency said that after the papal mass, it moved 40,000...

Monday, September 28, 2015 - 3:18pm

New York City officials praise 'seamless' papal visit

Pope Francis' three-day visit to New York City went off without a hitch, according to city officials.Tens of thousands of New Yorkers and tourists alike poured into Manhattan for the Holy Father's first visit to the city, a three-day excursion that many NYPD Commissioner earlier described as part...

Sunday, September 27, 2015 - 2:27pm

Live blog: Philadelphia and Catholics witness Pope Francis’ mass

8:00 p.m.:Some eager pilgrims couldn't get close to PopeJoanna Lingner said she had to bail. She and a friend, Barb Zimmerman, took the train up from Aberdeen, MD, and made it in line by 12:45 p.m.But by 5 p.m., Lingner said, after getting in line at 19th and JFK, they'd only made it to Cherry...

Sunday, September 27, 2015 - 12:15pm

Andrea Bocelli calls singing for the pope in Philly 'a great honor'

Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli will perform on the Ben Franklin Parkway tomorrow, as part of Pope Francis’ Philly visit for the World Meeting of Families.The pope is speaking at Independence Hall Saturday afternoon before heading to the Festival of Families party and concert on the Parkway, hosted by...

Friday, September 25, 2015 - 2:40pm

Will Pope Francis' love for soccer rub off on Philly sports fans?

Pope Francis is visiting Philadelphia this weekend to bless the Union. Well, not really. But as an avid soccer fan, the Union would surely love to have the Holy Father in the stands next Wednesday for its Open Cup final match against Sporting Kansas City.His Holiness grew up a soccer fan at a young...

Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 1:09pm

Catholic begins hunger strike for closed church

Not only Jews were fasting on Wednesday.While Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, was marked with a single day of fasting, Catholic Miguel Ortiz, 46, was on his third full day and counting of a fast in honor of the church that took him in when he first came from Mexico to the U.S. 20 years ago...

Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - 7:15pm

Wheelchair dancer to perform for pope wants to push boundaries

A wheelchair-bound dancer set to perform for Pope Francis on Saturday says learning the tango — and other ballroom dances — has helped him continue to push the boundaries of what he thought was possible.But Nick Scott, who lost the use of his legs 17 years ago after a car accident, had been pushing...

Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - 5:10pm

Homeless cleared out ahead of papal visit not just for pope, Bratton says

While advocates for the homeless are apprehensive about NYPD efforts to clear them out during the papal visit, Commissioner Bill Bratton told Metro their efforts are unrelated to Pope Francis' trip.Bratton pointed to the intersection at 125th Street and Lexington Avenue as a particularly chaotic...

Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - 4:07pm

Being there: Church reminds faithful that watching Francis on jumbotron doesn't count as going to Mass

Getting a good seat to see Pope Francis matters.St. Matthew's Church in northeast Philadelphia has reminded parishioners that watching Pope Francis celebrate mass on the television does not relieve Catholics of their obligation to attend weekly services.“Viewing Mass from a separate location on the...

Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - 3:34pm

PHOTOS: As city preps for Pope Francis, NYers more than familiar with papal visits

Pope Francis' visit to the United States is historic for many reasons, including the first time a pope addresses Congress.Even so, every pope who makes it to the United States since the first holy visit 50 years ago always makes sure to stop by the Big Apple, and Pope Francis is not so different....

Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - 2:17pm

Many share in mural project for Pope Francis

Pilgrims arriving in Philadelphia had the opportunity Tuesday to take a brush and create a lasting tribute to Pope Francis' visit to the city."I feel happy because at least I can do something for the meeting, besides just coming here. God sees," said Teendwa Mahunnah, 37, an architect from Tanzania...

Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 6:53pm

Eye on roads as Philadelphia and region gear for Pope Francis' visit

Are a lot of people planning on driving to see the pope?That’s a question that’s on the mind of some organizers as they try to reconcile the lackluster sales of hotel rooms, train and plane tickets with the enormous estimates of people expected to attend Pope Francis’ mass on the Ben Franklin...

Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 4:39pm

When prayers fail, insurance steps in

Man plans, god laughs, as the old saying goes. But what does the Catholic Church do to protect itself if its prayers for a safe papal visit go unanswered?It buys insurance.“In my business, it’s called seat-of-the-pants underwriting,” said LeConte Moore, a managing director of DeWitt Stern, a Risk...

Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 11:19am

How to avoid towed cars and other snafus ahead of Pope Francis' visit to Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Parking Authority said that it towed about 120 cars from the Fairmount area as part of security precautions for Pope Francis’ visit.That number, said Marty O’Rourke, a spokesman for the authority, was less than expected.But still, we have to ask. What’s up with those 120 people?...

Monday, September 21, 2015 - 5:03pm