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 Mon, 05 Oct 2015 08:42:00 -0400 60 <![CDATA[Montgomery County DA announces additional charges against Pennsylvania AG Kathleen Kane]]> NORRISTOWN >> The recent search of Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane's Harrisburg office turned up what Montgomery County prosecutors likely consider the smoking gun of their investigation into Kane's alleged lies to an investigative grand jury.

Among the items seized was an alleged 'secrecy oath' signed by Kane on her second day in office, promising her secrecy for statewide investigating grand juries one through 32, according to court documents filed Thursday which charged Kane with additional counts of perjury, false swearing and obstructing justice.

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<![CDATA[Faithful pack Cathedral Basilica for Mass with Pope Francis]]> PHILADELPHIA >> The largest cathedral in Pennsylvania was certainly the right setting for Pope Francis on Saturday morning.

The Cathedral Basilica of Ss. Peter and Paul was filled to capacity as the pope celebrated his first Mass after landing in Philadelphia.

First though, he was greeted by a children's choir on the front steps of the cathedral.

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<![CDATA[On the ground: Pope Francis arrives in Philadelphia]]> PHILADELPHIA >> As Shepherd One quietly glided into Atlantic Aviation at Philadelphia International Airport, Pope Francis' visit to Philadelphia officially began.

And within moments of disembarking the chartered American Airline Boeing 777, the pontiff's trademark compassion was on display as he placed a kiss upon a wheelchair-bound boy's head.

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<![CDATA[Walking from Baltimore to Philly to see Pope Francis, stopping at Neumann along the way]]> ASTON >> As she lies awake at night because of the pain so anguishing all she can do is pray, Paula Tiller hopes God will transform the agony she endures during her 100-mile walk to Philadelphia to see the pope into grace for her children.

Two years ago, the Maryland resident was in an automobile accident that requires her receiving attention several times a week, but she has not allowed that to prohibit her from joining Father Jack Lombardi and his group of 22 walking from the Archdiocese of Baltimore to attend Pope Francis' Mass Sunday.

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<![CDATA[Montgomery County singers will be entertaining Pope Francis as part of the choir]]> PHILADELPHIA >> Keep a close eye on the faces performing before the pope this weekend. Chances are you may see someone you know.

Two Montgomery County singers say they are thrilled to be given the chance to sing before Pope Francis during his visit to Philadelphia Saturday and Sunday. Mike Klenk, a music teacher at Bridle Path Elementary School, in Lansdale, and Joe Ciresi, a Spring-Ford Area School Board member, will be among the many voices lending their talents on stage during the papal visit.

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<![CDATA[Plenty of SEPTA papal rail passes remain until Friday; PATCO passes available all weekend]]> For anyone planning on traveling into Center City to see Pope Francis this weekend but who has been procrastinating, there's good news − there are still plenty of special weekend passes available no matter from where you're coming.

Despite an initial clamor for tickets to use the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) regional rail lines, only 120,000 of the 328,000 special papal passes available have been sold, according to Andrew Busch, public information manager with SEPTA, meaning there are still plenty out there.

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<![CDATA[Prayers of thousands left at Knotted Grotto in front of the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul]]> PHILADELPHIA >> For all the hustle and bustle of a big city starting to explode with pilgrims, a hush had fallen over the outside of the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadelphia.

Just to the left of the main entrance, there is a little art installation which has grown in prayers − or little, white strips of cloth tied with prayers written on them.

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<![CDATA[Painting mural helps woman cope with husband's death]]> PHILADELPHIA >> Jean Martinelli stood in the Grand Hall of the Philadelphia Convention Center Wednesday with a paintbrush in her hand, 760 miles away from home, hopeful to find a purpose, a new direction, having come to the World Meeting of Families with three close friends.

"I better not pass this up," she said with some orange dabbed on the end of her brush.

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<![CDATA[FOOTBALL: Huge fourth quarter powers Great Valley past Phoenixville]]> EAST WHITELAND >> Quarterbacking a Dan Ellis offense, Great Valley's Robert Geiss had the feeling the reins would be let loose in his first varsity start.

He just didn't think it would come so soon.

With the Patriots leading by a point entering the fourth quarter, the time came for Geiss to show Ellis his potential after a 1-for-6 spell, which included an interception, to open the second half.

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