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A Letter to the Editor from Sister Mary, via

Samuel Vasquez has been spending a lot of time on Ben Franklin Parkway in recent weeks.



In preparation for Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families (WMOF) on Saturday, Sept. 26th and Sunday, Sept, 27th, the city’s Archbishop, Charles J. Chaput, has created a committee to uphold the rights and dignity of those experiencing homelessness.


From Newsworks

On summer nights, more than 100 people sleep on benches and under trees that line the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

But when Pope Francis visits Philadelphia in late September, the Parkway will be cordoned off and subject to tight security. That's posing many challenges to homeless advocates.


From the Philadelphia Inquirer

As Pope Francis' visit draws nearer, Sister Mary Scullion wants to make sure the whole city is ready for his arrival - including the homeless men and women who normally sleep on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.


From Al Dia News

Wednesday saw the launch of the first “Pope-up,” an initiative led by Project HOME to raise awareness and money for the city’s homeless population. With just over 40 days until the World Meeting of Families (WMOF) and Pope Francis’ visit, Sister Mary Scullion, the executive director at Project HOME, takes her message to the streets.


From CBS Philly

Project HOME is holding “Pope-Ups” at three locations in Center City to raise awareness about homeless initiatives in advance of the Papal visit next month. The first one takes place today.

The purpose of Pope-Up Day is to rally the public around the issues of hunger, homelessness, and poverty.


From the Philadelphia Inquirer:

Advocates for the poor announced a fund-raising campaign Monday that is as pragmatic as it is spiritual - using Pope Francis' forthcoming visit as a focal point of giving.


From Newsworks

Pope Francis will be in Philadelphia for two days this September. But a  group of homeless advocates is hoping to raise $1.5 million to make the impact of his visit extend far beyond those two days.


From CBS Philly

A homeless advocacy group is trying to make sure the Pope’s visit to Philadelphia has a lasting impact.

Today, they’re announcing the creation of a fund to be used for anti-poverty efforts and a letter-writing campaign to get more federal action on the issue.

Project HOME co-founder, Sister Mary Scullion, is the chair of the hunger and homelessness committee for the papal visit, a task she wanted to make more than symbolic.


From the Philadelphia Inquirer

Anne Marie Jones is bracing herself to tell a story of drug addiction, prostitution, and recovery to a city preparing for a pope.

The 48-year-old mother of three clawed her way out of a life on the streets with the help of Dawn's Place, a residential treatment program for women involved in human trafficking.


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