Pope Francis looks out the window a plane as he prepares to depart Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015, on his way back to Rome. Pope Francis wrapped up his 10-day trip to Cuba and the United States on Sunday. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
The party’s over.
Pope Francis has left the building — in fact, he’s back in Rome already — and Philly begins its return to normalcy today. Expect a funk: This city — the church, top officials, thousands of volunteers, and yes, journalists — have spent months obsessing about the two days we just experienced. Now they’re over. There’s going to be a let-down feeling after all that work and adrenaline were expended.
So be nice to yourself today, Philly. You just did a very big and difficult thing. And when you get the chance: Treat yo self.
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Pope Francis delivers his speech during a Mass on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
Pope Francis just finished celebrating Mass on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Five takeways from the event:
The pope struck an ecumenical note, saying he wants to ally with other individuals and religions with a “pro-family” bent. “Anyone who wants to bring into this world a family which teaches children to be excited by every gesture aimed at overcoming evil – a family which shows that the Spirit is alive and at work – will encounter our gratitude and our appreciation,” he said during the homily. “Whatever the family, people, region, or religion to which they belong!” Read more »
The city has apparently split into two factions, so we’ll write opening sentences for each group:
• Welcome to Philadelphia, where we’re thrilled to be hosting Pope Francis as he celebrates Mass on the Parkway today!
• Welcome to Philadelphia, where we’re put out by the security checkpoints and business disruptions and we’re ready for the pope to just go away, already!
That cover it?
Today is the pope’s last day in Philadelphia, and the last day of his larger trip North America. On his public schedule:
- 9:15 a.m. Meeting with bishops at St. Martin’s Chapel, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary
- 11:00 a.m. Visit to Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility
- 4:00 p.m. Mass for the conclusion of the World Meeting of Families, Benjamin Franklin Parkway
- 7:00 p.m. Visit with organizers, volunteers and benefactors of the World Meeting of Families, Atlantic Aviation
- 8:00 p.m. Departure for Rome
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Briefing the media were Louisville Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, Vatican spokesman Rev. Federico Lombardi, his assistant Rev. Manuel Dorantes, and a staffer from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops | Joel Mathis, Philly Mag
A Vatican spokesman was coy Saturday afternoon when asked if Pope Francis will meet with survivors of clergy sex abuse while in Philadelphia.
The Rev. Federico Lombardi noted that Pope Francis had met with abuse survivors on previous trips abroad, but the meetings had never been pre-publicized. He made the comments during a media briefing Saturday at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
“These meetings have never been announced before,” he said, adding that the pope would seek a “personal encounter” and not a “media sensation” in the event of a meeting with abuse survivors. News of a meeting would emerge afterward, he suggested, but he declined to confirm or deny any such meetings in advance. Read more »
Pope Francis leads an evening prayer service at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
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Good morning. After months of preparation, Pope Francis is finally arriving in Philadelphia. Let’s have a great weekend, Philly!
Today’s official papal schedule:
8:40 a.m. Departure from John F. Kennedy International Airport
9:30 a.m. Arrival at Atlantic Aviation, Philadelphia
10:30 a.m. Mass at Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul, Philadelphia
4:45 p.m. Visit to Independence Mall
7:30 p.m. Visit to the Festival of Families Benjamin Franklin Parkway
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Pilgrims from around the nation and world are arriving in Philadelphia to see Pope Francis’ appearances this weekend. We hit the streets to capture the sights, sounds, and voices of the the visitors. We wanted to know why they’re here, and what message they would like to give to Pope Francis.
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Pope Francis reaches out to 5th grader Omodele Ojo of the Brooklyn borough of New York as he is greeted by children upon arrival at John F. Kennedy International Airport Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, in New York. The pope is on a five-day trip to the USA, which includes stops in Washington DC, New York and Philadelphia, after a three-day stay in Cuba. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, Pool)
Good morning. Today, Pope Francis is in New York, starting the day with an address to the United Nations and concluding with a mass at Madison Square Garden.
Tomorrow, he arrives in Philadelphia — and for two days, the world’s attention will on us. We got this, people.
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Turns out this week’s optimism was misplaced: Photographers and technicians at NBC10 have walked off the job, just ahead of Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia.
A spokesman for the station said the strike would have “no impact” on the station’s coverage.
“While it is unfortunate that IBEW Local 98 has decided to engage in a job action, we remain committed to ensuring this has no impact on our broadcast,” the spokesman said. “Our viewers will continue to have full access to all of our local news and information without interruption. We remain steadfast in our commitment to achieve a mutual resolution of our outstanding issues with the union.” Read more »
One of the biggest complaints about Comcast customer service — long waits for technicians to show up for home service — may soon be resolved.
International Business Times reports: “In dual announcements this week, Comcast Corp. and Dish Network Corp. both said they are rolling out apps that use GPS and mapping technology to offer real-time data about technicians’ whereabouts. The products, the companies say, will help alleviate wait-time frustrations for customers by arming them with information about when technicians will arrive at their homes, thereby taking some of the guesswork out of scheduling and keeping appointments.” Read more »
Good morning. It’s Thursday of Pope Week. Today, Pope Francis gives a much-anticipated address to Congress, then flies to New York for his Friday activities.
The temperatures are getting cooler, but Philadelphia still might find it hot under the national spotlight. The national press is honing in on some of the city’s leading Catholic personalities, giving us a fresh look at familar faces. Three things to know today: Read more »