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SEPTA Already Preparing For Challenge Of Pope Visit

It’s more than ten months away, but SEPTA is already preparing for the Pope’s visit next fall.

11/19/2014

Pope Francis waves to the faithful as he holds his weekly audience in St. Peter's Square on March 19, 2014 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pope Francis celebrated the Feast of St. Joseph by saying the saint is a model for all fathers and educators.  (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

Suburban Tourism Officials Ready To Accommodate Guests During Papal Visit

The hotels in the city are expected to fill up first and then the suburban counties around Philadelphia will help accommodate the overflow.

11/18/2014

(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

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Papal Visit Marks Exciting Time For Many Local Parishes

News that Pope Francis will visit Philadelphia next year is sparking excitement within Catholic parishes across the city.

11/18/2014

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City Prepares For Pope’s Visit To Philadelphia For World Meeting Of Families

As many as 2 million people are expected to flood the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for a Papal Mass in September 2015 as Pope Francis becomes the fourth Pope to visit the U.S., only the second to visit the City of Brotherly Love.

11/17/2014

Pope Francis waves to the faithful as he holds his weekly audience in St. Peter's Square on March 19, 2014 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pope Francis celebrated the Feast of St. Joseph by saying the saint is a model for all fathers and educators.  (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

Phila. Police Commissioner Discusses Security For Upcoming Papal Visit

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey says the department is working with a network of agencies, including the FBI and Secret Service, to provide security and crowd control for the upcoming Papal Visit.

11/17/2014

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Pope Francis Announces Visit To Philadelphia For World Meeting Of Families

In an remarks offered Monday morning from the Vatican, Pope Francis formally announced his intention to attend the World Meeting of families in Philadelphia in September.

11/17/2014

(Robert Ciaruffoli and Donna Farrell, president and executive director of the World Meeting of Families, respectively, listen as Mayor Nutter speaks at the Philadelphia Museum of Art about the pope's upcoming visit to Philadelphia.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Philadelphia Officials Delighted With Vatican Announcement, Say They’ll Be Ready

It is expected that Pope Francis will take part in events on the Ben Franklin Parkway both Saturday, Sept. 26th, and Sunday, Sept. 27th.

11/17/2014

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10,000 Letters From Students Sent To Pope Francis Inviting Him To Philadelphia

Ten thousand letters from Catholic school students in the Archdiocese are being sent to the Pope – filled with heart-felt appeals – to visit Philadelphia next September.

11/14/2014

Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput. (Credit: Mark Abrams)

Online Registration Officially Opens For World Meeting Of Families In Philadelphia

Significant progress has been made in finalizing some of the plans for the Vatican-sponsored World Meeting of Families planned for Philadelphia in September 2015.

11/11/2014

(Pope Francis, in file photo by 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

Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput. (Credit: Mark Abrams)

Same-Sex Marriage Could Dominate Bishops’ Debate

Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput suggests the subject of same-sex marriage could dominate the debate at this week’s conference in Baltimore.

11/10/2014

(Pope Francis, in 2013 file photo. Credit: Alberto Pizzoli/ Getty Images)

Pope: ‘God Is Not A Magician’

The words came in an address to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, where the Pope told the group at the Vatican that there was no contradiction between believing in God, as well as the Big Bang Theory for the expansion of the Universe.

10/29/2014

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Area Catholics React To Vatican’s Synod

A two-week meeting of Catholic bishops at the Vatican is over and new language on the Church’s view of gays and other issues has been rejected. Now, area Catholics are reacting to the outcome.

10/19/2014

(Pope Francis arrives for his speech last week to cardinals and bishops gathering at the Synod on the Families, at the Vatican.  Photo by Andreas Solaro/ AFP/ Getty Images)

St. Joe’s Theology Expert Says, Don’t Read Too Much Into Bishops’ Statement

A Philadelphia-based theology professor says the bishops, , despite their statement about welcoming gays, aren’t proposing any change in Catholic doctrine on homosexuality at this time.

10/14/2014

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