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Via Asbury Park Press

Keep the Faith" famously sang Jon Bon Jovi.


Via CBS Philly

The pope’s visit to Philadelphia has brought together some unusual alliances. For example; a Catholic nun who works with the homeless and a Hollywood heartthrob who practices Buddhism.

Richard Gere’s new movie Time Out of Mind is a bit of a departure for People magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” laureate. It’s about a homeless man wandering New York.


Via Philadelphia Magazine

Last night it was a packed house at the Ritz East in Old City for a red-carpet premiere of Time Out of Mind, a new film about homelessness directed by Oscar-nominated Oren Moverman (The Messenger, Rampart) and starring Richard Gere, who produced it as a passion project.


From Sister Mary and Anne Healy Ayella, via the Philadelphia Inquirer

In these final days leading up to the papal visit, expectations are high. Religious leaders are praying for a deep renewal among the faithful. Civic leaders are hopeful that our city will gleam in the world spotlight. Business leaders are anticipating a massive economic boost from the million-plus visitors.


From the Global Sisters Report

If the Vatican were looking for someone who models the kind of church Pope Francis envisions, it would be difficult to do better than Mercy Sr. Mary Scullion, a North Philadelphia icon, founder of Project HOME and fierce, if jovial, advocate for the city’s poor and homeless for the past 40 years.



With Pope Francis’ visit to the U.S. just around the corner, we talk with Father James Martin, a Jesuit priest, writer and native Philadelphian, and Sister Mary Scullion, long-time advocate for homeless, mentally ill and low–income people and co-founder of Project HOME, about what the papal visit means to them, Philadelphia Catholics and the Archdiocese and the country-at-large.

From the Catholic News Service

In front of Philadelphia’s Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul stands a visible representation of Pope Francis’ favorite religious image: “Mary, Undoer of Knots.”

The “Knotted Grotto” is a dome-shaped lattice-work frame that stands about 10 feet high with an approximately 20-foot circumference and features tens of thousands of white ribbons knotted into a lattice structure.


On Tuesday, September 8, 2015, Sister Mary Scullion engaged in her first Twitter chat to discuss the Philadelphia visit of Pope Francis and the Mercy and Justice initiative enacted in his honor.


From Al Dia News

Project HOME announced it will open a public art installation inspired by one of Pope Francis’ favorite religious images, Mary, Undoer of Knots. The organization commissioned artist Meg Saligman to create the installation as a way of drawing attention to the stories of those in need.


From Billy Penn

With a little less than a month left before the visit of Pope Francis, it seems that our civic anticipation is devolving into anxiety over the potential nightmare of security and traffic logistics. Or into burgeoning commercialism and cheap profiteering from sometimes tawdry papal memorabilia.


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