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 Sun, 04 Oct 2015 17:20:05 -0400 60 <![CDATA[Perspective on Parenting: How the Pope's message helps parents]]> I don't know about you, but I'm definitely feeling the Francis Effect. Pope Francis's recent visit to the U.S. had me spilling tears of joy, glued to the TV watching his every move and the crowd's reaction to his presence. I did my best to quiet everyone within ear shot so that I could make out the words the Pontiff was saying during his speech to Congress and masses in both New York and Philadelphia.

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<![CDATA[West Chester's Kathy Finegan honored by Operation Smile for volunteer work]]> Every time Kathy Finegan travels to a third-world country, she leaves behind smiles.

The smiles belong to children, teenagers and even adults who had been ostracized for facial deformities, who had trouble eating and speaking, or who didn't have the appropriate medical care to make a difference in their lives.

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<![CDATA[Arts & Antiques by Dr. Lori: Vintage Halloween Decorations]]> There are many types of Halloween decorations that are collectible and crafty. For the purists among us, you can decorate a pumpkin using everything from acrylic paint to glitter glue, featuring themes ranging from the scary Frankenstein monster to Casper the Friendly Ghost.

While carving Jack-o'-lanterns requires some skill and expertise, you can use your favorite Halloween antiques and collectibles to make some fun and seasonal home decorations.

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<![CDATA[Spay and Save: Adoptable pets of the week]]> Max (dog)

Max is a very fun loving, free spirited dachshund/terrier mix who is one-and-a-half. He usually loves everyone and plays nicely with most dogs. Max loves children. He loves his toys, going for walks and running in his foster mom's fenced in back yard.

For more information about Max, and all the dogs and cats we have available for adoption, please fill out an online application or call and leave a message at 610-279-9714 (press 2).

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<![CDATA[THE TABLE: San Francisco, where you can leave your heart]]> The song "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" is definitely so true; if you ever visited this northern California city, a little bit of you is still there. This city is known for so many things such as cable cars, the former Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary, Chinatown, Haight-Ashbury, Fisherman's Wharf, Painted Ladies, Nob Hill or driving down the Crooked Lane.

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<![CDATA[Phoenix Community Calendar Oct. 4]]> Phoenixville Public Library, 183 Second Avenue,, 610-933-3013 x132

Adult Yoga Classes: Take place on selected Thursdays. Class time is 5 to 6 p.m. Led by Beth Ireton, a Certified YogaNurse and Wellness Specialist. Classes are for all practitioner levels and focus on breath, movement and rest.

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<![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[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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<![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