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Breaking News: Pope Francis on Liturgical Music

Some brief comments on Pope Francis’ address to the participants of a congress on liturgical music.

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Fiat Lux! St. Peter’s Lights Up

“It’s kind of like if Michelangelo had Photoshop.”

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With Much Music Unsung, Papal Choir Will Offer Concert in Philadelphia

When we ran down the music to be included at the Papal Mass on Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia, it was an ambitious list that included a number of prelude hymns and a number of communion hymns. But, despite everyone’s best efforts, much of the music was never sung.

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CARA Begins Surveying Parishes Regarding Outreach to People With Disabilities

“Asking Catholic parishes and dioceses across the United States what they are doing to reach out, include and serve individuals with developmental differences is a practical way to respond to the call by Pope Francis that we pay attention to people who are marginalized in society.”

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Fiat 500L Cars Pope Francis Used in United States Will Be Auctioned for Charity

When Pope Francis stepped off of the plane into the United States, many expected to see him get into a limousine.  However, the car of choice for Pope Francis in the United States:  a black Fiat 500L.  The car retails for as low as $19,995.00 in the United States.  The average new car price in […]

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Expert: Papal Mass Numbers Were Largely Exaggerated

The original estimate of attendance at the Papal Mass was upwards of 1.5 million. Then, the number became a much smaller 1 million. During the broadcasts of the Papal Mass, the numbers floated around were about 800,000. So, how many people were there really?

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The Mural Pope Francis Signed is Part of a Network of Social Justice Murals in Philadelphia

In nice big letters, Pope Francis signed the last piece of a mural. He chose to sign it “Francis”, in nice big letters. But, this is not an isolated mural, but part of a greater Mural Arts Program that helps transform the City of Philadelphia.

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Are Papal Events Too Disruptive? Perception Leads to “Popecations”, Low Turnout

On Friday afternoon, the City of Philadelphia was a ghost town. While some streets were already blocked off in anticipation of tomorrow’s Festival of Families and Sunday’s Papal Mass, the streets were much clearer than most days in the City of Brotherly Love.

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A Look into the Official World Meeting of Families Hymn, “Sound the Bell of Holy Freedom”

People in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia have been for the last several months singing “Sound the Bell of Holy Freedom”. The hymn was chosen as the official hymn for the 2015 World Meeting of Families.

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“Knotted Grotto” is Set Up Outside the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul for Unity in Prayer

Pope Francis has a favorite painting: “Mary, Undoer of Knots”. In anticipation for the visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia, Meg Saliman was commissioned to come up with an artistic work in honor of “Mary, Undoer of Knots” that would sit prominently in Philadelphia.

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