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On Pope Visit Costs, Mayor Nutter Insults Our Intelligence One Last Time

So this is how Mayor Nutter is going out: By insulting Philadelphia’s intelligence. We were going to have a sour taste in our mouths anyway […]

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Bobby Hill Named One of Ebony Magazine’s 2015 Power 100

Remember Bobby Hill? He’s the 14-year-old with the “voice of an angel” who wowed the world during Pope Francis’s papal visit with his last-minute a […]

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Pope Doll and Other Timely Philly Trinkets Buried in Time Capsule at the Fillmore

The new Fillmore Philadelphia is barely a couple months old now, but if our great-great-grandchildren go digging around in Fishtown one day, they may come across a little […]

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Did You Miss Pope Weekend? Experience It on DVD

If life after Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia has seemed relatively underwhelming, here’s some good news: The whole shebang is now available on DVD. Yes, […]

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Want a Piece of Pope Francis Carpet? This NJ Company Will Send You Some

Pope Francis is long gone from Philadelphia, but one New Jersey businessman has found a way to keep the spirit of giving going full force: […]


Poll: Pennsylvania Public Split on Mayor Nutter’s Handling of Papal Visit

A plurality of Pennsylvanians approved Mayor Nutter’s handling of Pope Francis’ September visit to Philly, a new poll from Public Policy Polling reveals. Forty-six percent of those […]


You Didn’t Imagine It: The Air Was Cleaner During the Pope’s Visit

Remember that time that Pope Francis came to Philadelphia for a weekend, and people took back the streets from cars, regularly broke out into song, and were a little nicer to each […]


Alan Butkovitz’s Damning Study of the Pope’s Visit Is Misleading

Business was godawful in Philadelphia during the papal visit, according to a new “economic impact study” by City Controller Alan Butkovitz. Butkovitz found that 85 percent of the hotels, restaurants […]

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City Hosting a “Day of Kindness” to Honor Pope and Dalai Lama Visits

Philadelphia was to play host to two of the world’s top spiritual leaders this fall (we got the pope, the Dalai Lama canceled), so, in the […]

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Ramsey Defends Papal Security

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey this week defended the level of security that was in place for Pope Francis’ visit to the city last month. […]

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Why the Broad Street Line Was the Star of SEPTA’s Pope Weekend Service

So how well did SEPTA handle moving the masses in town for Francis Festival Weekend? About as well as it’s ever handled any large crowd. […]


City Was Right To Go Overboard for Pope Visit

Can we all agree that the City went completely overboard for the Pope visit? Here’s what I saw in Center City Saturday and Sunday: -Locust, […]

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These North Philly Kids Did the Tango for the Pope

Just after taking the stage at the Festival of Families, Jafar Thomas couldn’t lose his smile. “I knew I had to give a good performance […]


Post-Pope, Frustrated Nutter Asks Philly: What Kind of City Do You Want to Be?

Mayor Michael Nutter has heard the critiques of last weekend’s Papal visit to Philadelphia — and he thinks they lay bare some disturbing qualities about the city he […]


WATCH: Ratmobile Invokes Pope Francis Outside Comcast Center

Last Thursday, NBC 10’s technicians and photographers went on strike. On Friday, IBEW Local 98 leader John Dougherty said two union members picketing were hit […]