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Is Archbishop Chaput Trolling Pope Francis?

“So,” a colleague asked me this week, “Is Archbishop Chaput trolling the pope?” It was a funny notion — putting the leader of the city’s […]

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Papal Panic! Could the Pope’s Visit Be a Giant, Embarrassing Flop?

I’m starting to get a little worried about this papal visit. I think it was a story in the Inquirer about gunmen on the Parkway […]

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Monsignor Lynn Moved From Prison Where Pope Will Visit

It appears Pope Francis will be spared one potentially awkward moment on his visit to Philadelphia. Monsignor William Lynn had been serving out a three-year […]

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SEPTA Announces Papal Visit Pass Sales and Station Details

UPDATE [7/20/2015]: The passes are on sale now. Here’s everything you need to know to get one. ORIGINAL: The special one-day Papal Visit Pass required […]

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Hospital Rooms, VIP Access or Suburban Parking: Which Will Be Scarcest for Pope’s Visit?

Pope Francis is expected to bring a lot of people to town when he visits in September, which means there might be a shortage of, […]

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3 Philly Lessons From Pope Francis’ Ecuador Visit

Pope Francis is coming to Philadelphia in the fall, but it won’t be his first trip to the Americas this year — the pontiff is […]

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Pope’s Philadelphia Schedule Unveiled

If you want to meet Pope Francis when he visits Philadelphia, your best bet may be to get arrested. Pope Francis will make a visit to […]

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Gay Activists: We’ll Protest Pope’s Visit If We Want

One day before the U.S. Supreme Court issued its landmark ruling on same-sex marriage, Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput said that gay people can attend Pope Francis’ visit […]

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In Rome, Pope and Mayor Nutter Share a Moment

The Philadelphia delegation to the Vatican this week didn’t really expect to get face time with Pope Francis, even though he’ll be visiting the city […]

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Nutter Heads Back to Vatican

  Mayor Nutter is leading a trip to the Vatican this week as officials on both sides continue their planning for Pope Francis‘s September visit […]

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Pope Calls Earth “An Immense Pile of Filth”

Pope Francis, everyone’s favorite cool pope, released an encyclical today, Laudato si. The encyclical is in English, fortunately, and it’s all about the environment and […]

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The Pope’s Really Big Visit

What if Pope Francis visited and everybody came? You’ve heard on Monday how the pope’s visit is expected to bring Philadelphia to a standstill — […]

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SEPTA and the Pope’s Visit: Everything You Need to Know

UPDATE [9/22/2015] For the most complete, up-to-date information on SEPTA and other transit services during the pope’s visit, go to Philadelphia magazine’s Complete Pope in […]

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Some 5,000 Buses Expected to Hit Philly for Pope’s Visit

Parking and traffic in Philadelphia is normally a challenge; expect it to get a lot more complicated September 22nd when the World Meeting of Families will commence […]

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Ahead of Pope Francis’ Visit, a Musical Schism in the Philadelphia Archdiocese

Deep in a list of “liturgical music happenings” late last month was this curious announcement: John Romeri, music director of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, was […]