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Mayor Michael Nutter is flanked by World Meeting of Families' executive director Donna Farrell and president Bob Ciaruffoli as the pope's expected visit to Independence Mall is discussed.  Photo by Steve Tawa

City and Church Leaders Note Significance of Pope’s Independence Hall Stop

With 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.

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Phila. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Backs Fundraising Push For Papal Visit

The 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.

06/29/2015

(Mayor Nutter fields questions from reporters during a press conference outlining transit planning for the World Meeting of Families, in September.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

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.

06/16/2015

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Extensive Line of Pope Francis Merchandise to be Offered During Fall Visit

The World Meeting of Families has announced that Aramark will be the official retail provider.

06/01/2015

Pope Francis (File photo by Osservatore Romano/ Getty Images)

Philadelphia Catholic Leaders Not Fazed By Pope’s Added Mass, in Washington, DC

Donna 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.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/28/2015

Pope Francis greets the faithful as he holds mass in St. Peter's Square. File photo by Franco Origlia/ Getty Images)

Ten Thousand Volunteers Sought To Pitch In During Pope’s Visit to Philadelphia

It’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.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/27/2015

Pope Francis, in file photo. (credit: Franco Origlia/ Getty Images)

Philadelphia Culture, Nightlife In Spotlight For Papal Visit

Organizers 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.

12/08/2014

(A horse-drawn carriage at 7th and Market Streets in center city Philadelphia.  Credit: Ed Fischer)

Confirmation of Pope Francis’ Visit Sends Philadelphia Hospitality Industry Into Overdrive

The hotels and historic sites have ten months to get ready. Most visitors will be encouraged to stay with host families.

11/18/2014

Pope Francis, in file photo. (credit: Franco Origlia/ Getty Images)

Speakers’ List Unveiled For 2015 Catholic Confab in Philadelphia — With One Still Pending

The 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?

11/10/2014

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Former Voice For Philadelphia Archdiocese To Serve As Executive Director For World Meeting Of Families

Donna 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.

11/23/2013

Mary Rochford and Archbishop Chaput

Papal Honor Bestowed Upon Former Superintendent Of Archdiocese of Philadelphia

While 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.

09/09/2012

(Montgomery County DA Risa Ferman.  Credit: Brad Segall)

Just Toxicology Tests, No Criminal Probe of Cardinal’s Death, Says Montco DA

Montgomery County district attorney Risa Ferman says her office is not conducting a criminal investigation into the recent death of Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua.

02/10/2012

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Top Financial Advisor Of Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Fired

The top financial advisor of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has been fired.

07/23/2011

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Pastor’s Resignation Has Churchgoers Confused

Parishioners from Incarnation of Our Lord in Olney went to church on Sunday, but they didn’t learn much about the federal investigation that has forced their pastor to step down.

11/22/2010