City and Church Leaders Note Significance of Pope's Independence Hall StopWith Independence Hall as a backdrop, the pontiff is expected to reach out to the anticipated 30,000-50,000 spectators to talk about immigration issues.
Phila. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Backs Fundraising Push For Papal VisitThe Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce announced its Latino Papal Fund, to raise money for the Philadelphia visit of the first Hispanic pope in the history of the Catholic Church.
Philadelphia Officials Expect Papal Visit to Overwhelm City's Mass Transit "Be prepared to walk" was the message from Mayor Nutter and other officials who spelled out transportation plans for the World Meeting of Families in September.
Extensive Line of Pope Francis Merchandise to be Offered During Fall VisitThe World Meeting of Families has announced that Aramark will be the official retail provider.
Philadelphia Catholic Leaders Not Fazed By Pope's Added Mass, in Washington, DCDonna Farrell, executive director of the World Meeting of Families Philadephia, says she's not surprised by the announcement. But she doesn't believe it will affect attendance here.
Ten Thousand Volunteers Sought To Pitch In During Pope's Visit to PhiladelphiaIt's official: the World Meeting of Families organization is now recruiting thousands of volunteers to help with events surrounding the pope's visit and a big family conference in Philadelphia at the end of September.
Philadelphia Culture, Nightlife In Spotlight For Papal VisitOrganizers of the World Meeting of Families are actively working with local tourism groups to come up with a "nightlife" for the thousands who will be visiting Philadelphia.
Confirmation of Pope Francis' Visit Sends Philadelphia Hospitality Industry Into OverdriveThe hotels and historic sites have ten months to get ready. Most visitors will be encouraged to stay with host families.
Speakers' List Unveiled For 2015 Catholic Confab in Philadelphia -- With One Still PendingThe World Meeting of Families, scheduled for next September in Philadelphia, has announced an all-star lineup of speakers. Will it also include the first visit of Pope Francis to the United States?
Former Voice For Philadelphia Archdiocese To Serve As Executive Director For World Meeting Of FamiliesDonna Farrell, who left the archdiocese communications office last year after 13 years there, is coming back to take the post of executive director for the World Meeting of Families scheduled for September 2015.
Papal Honor Bestowed Upon Former Superintendent Of Archdiocese of PhiladelphiaWhile Mary Rochford retired in June to devote more time to her family, Archbishop Charles Chaput called her back for a meeting and surprised her, according to Archdiocese spokeswoman Donna Farrell.
Just Toxicology Tests, No Criminal Probe of Cardinal's Death, Says Montco DAMontgomery County district attorney Risa Ferman says her office is not conducting a criminal investigation into the recent death of Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua.

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