RSS Feed from The Phoenix Reporter and Item: The latest news from The Phoenix Reporter and Item: website: all stories The Phoenix Reporter and Item Wed, 30 Sep 2015 14:32:42 -0400 60 <![CDATA[Obama and Putin: Awkward moments, few breakthroughs]]> NEW YORK >> U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin's first formal meeting in more than two years started with an awkward handshake and ended without a breakthrough on Syria, a crisis that has strained their already tense relationship.

On the biggest issue that divides them in Syria -- the status of embattled leader Bashar Assad -- Obama and Putin left their discussions Monday exactly where they started.

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<![CDATA[Phoenixville Hospital executive ends a long and active career]]> Phoenixville >> Phoenixville Hospital's Chief Nursing Officer, Sally Strzelecki was recently honored for her 47 years of service in the community with a special retirement celebration.

Strzelecki, a Phoenixville native, graduated from Phoenixville Area High School and went on to receive a certificate from St.

Mon, 28 Sep 2015 17:10:02 -0400 20150928171002 2015-09-28T17:10:02-04:00 2015-09-28T17:10:02-04:00
<![CDATA[Being handicapped made seeing Pope Francis a little tricky]]> PHILADELPHIA >> For the all the walking and standing crowds had to endure to catch a view of Pope Francis on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia for the papal Mass on Sunday, organizers had to scramble to accommodate those with disabilities.

Those who made their way to one of 10 platforms designed to adhere to the Americans with Disabilities Act were pleased with the outcome.

Sun, 27 Sep 2015 21:21:24 -0400 20150927212124 2015-09-27T21:21:24-04:00 2015-09-27T21:21:24-04:00
<![CDATA[Column: For this Catholic, seeing Pope Francis was surreal]]> PHILADELPHIA >> Standing in the middle of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia, a few football fields away from the head of the Catholic Church, well, let's just say it felt surreal.

Instead of a few pews separating me from the celebrant of the Mass, a few thousand people stood between us.

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<![CDATA[Pope Francis final message to Philly: 'Love is in little things']]> PHILADELPHIA >> Before an audience of hundreds of thousands of people, Pope Francis completed his visit to Philadelphia, and the final leg of his tour of the United States, by celebrating Mass Sunday afternoon.

Pope Francis used his remaining moments in the City of Brotherly Love to preach a message of faith and love.

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<![CDATA[Travelers describe experience seeing Pope Francis]]> PHILADELPHIA >> The faithful traveled from as far as Argentina and as near as Lansdowne on Sunday to celebrate Mass with a pope who many feel brings a message of humility, redemption and hope.

The Miller family from Media, Pa., sat atop a blue blanket along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, similar to how they did Saturday as they stood for six hours with a wish to catch a glimpse of the pontiff.

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<![CDATA[Volunteers share experiences helping faithful during Pope Francis' visit]]> PHILADELPHIA >> The spirit on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway was infectious.

People hugged and greeted each other, talked happily and cheered with zeal when Pope Francis arrived in his Popemobile to celebrate Mass on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Sunday afternoon.

Celebrating the Catholic faith with pilgrims from all over the world and meeting people from diverse backgrounds has been a highlight for many of those who participated in the World Meeting of Families and the Papal Festivities, especially the nearly 10,000 of volunteers.

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<![CDATA[Pope Francis cutout huge hit with traveler making trip to Philly]]> UPPER DARBY >> Pilgrims lined up in the 69th Street Transportation Center on Sunday not to board the Market-Frankford train but to have their photo taken with a cardboard cutout of Pope Francis.

"This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience," Marybeth Daley, 39, said. "We're not going to be able to get a picture with the real pope.

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<![CDATA[Battleship New Jersey becomes temporary home to Pope Francis pilgrims]]> CAMDEN >> For the O'Neal family of Raleigh, N.C., the trip to see Pope Francis in Philadelphia was "an adventure beyond belief."

They had planned to come see the pope, but then "life and work got in the way," Sean O'Neal said.

When a last minute cancelation opened up the weekend, they jumped at the chance.

Sun, 27 Sep 2015 17:39:49 -0400 20150927173949 2015-09-27T17:39:49-04:00 2015-09-27T17:39:49-04:00
<![CDATA[Walk across Ben Franklin Bridge becomes draw for New Jersey residents]]> CAMDEN >> Making the pilgrimage to see the pope in Philadelphia meant many things to many people, and for those in New Jersey, a pilgrimage was undertaken in the literal sense.

Whether they came by bus, car or after night sleeping on the Battleship New Jersey, many walked miles to be able to see the Pope Francis.

Sun, 27 Sep 2015 17:12:28 -0400 20150927171228 2015-09-27T17:12:28-04:00 2015-09-27T17:12:28-04:00
<![CDATA[FOLLOW LIVE: Pope Francis celebrates Mass on the Parkway]]> Pope Francis has begun Mass. You can follow along live with the most comprehensive coverage in the area by using #popedfm on Twitter or checking in above.

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Sun, 27 Sep 2015 05:37:00 -0400 20150927162711 2015-09-27T05:37:00-04:00 2015-09-27T16:27:11-04:00 SCRIBBLE
<![CDATA[Vice President Joe Biden among group to bid Pope Francis adieu]]> It was announced Sunday morning that Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, will lead the American delegation attending the departure ceremony for Pope Francis when he departs to Rome, Italy, after the closing Mass of the World Meeting of Families.

Pope Francis is expected to leave around 8 p.

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<![CDATA[Pope Francis meets with sexual abuse victims, promises change]]> PHILADELPHIA >> Pope Francis met on Sunday morning at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary with three women and two men who had been victims of sexual abuse -- at least some in the group were abused by clergy members.

"We are gathered here in Philadelphia to celebrate God's gift of family life. Within our family of faith and our human families, the sins and crimes of sexual abuse of children must no longer be held in secret and in shame," the Pope said in his address to the victims.

Sun, 27 Sep 2015 15:53:28 -0400 20150927155328 2015-09-27T15:53:28-04:00 2015-09-27T15:53:28-04:00
<![CDATA[Pope Francis to prisoners at Curran-Fromhold: Stay open to 'new possibilities']]> PHILADELPHIA >> Pope Francis delivered a message to inmates at the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in Philadelphia on Sunday morning.

Speaking of the Gospel where Jesus washes the feet of his disciples at the Last Supper, Pope Francis told of how it was customary in those times to do such an act when someone visited their home.

Sun, 27 Sep 2015 11:58:22 -0400 20150927151816 2015-09-27T11:58:22-04:00 2015-09-27T15:18:16-04:00
<![CDATA[They wouldn't miss seeing Pope Francis because 'He is a rock star']]> PHILADELPHIA >> The visit by Pope Francis to Philadelphia is bringing people near and far together for at least the weekend.

Lovetta Karjobai, of Southwest Philadelphia, Wopha Zeghir, of Aldan, and Theresa Mami, of Lansdowne, enjoyed lounging in the grass at Independent Mall awaiting Pope Francis, whom they affectionately called a rock star.

Sun, 27 Sep 2015 11:31:46 -0400 20150927113146 2015-09-27T11:31:46-04:00 2015-09-27T11:31:46-04:00