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By David Keene
Conference showed that the values Reagan cherished still endure
Topic - Charles J. Chaput
Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia has said he has "great confidence" that Pope Francis will attend the World Meeting of Families, to be held in the city in September 2015.
A daily look at late-breaking news, coming events and stories that will be talked about in Pennsylvania on Friday:
Top officials from Philadelphia will travel to Rome this month to ask Pope Francis to attend a huge Roman Catholic gathering in the city next year, they announced Friday.
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has removed two priests from ministry after an investigation into allegations that they sexually abused minors over 40 years ago.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' election of a middle-of-the-road candidate to replace Cardinal Timothy Dolan as president is being seen as a signal that American bishops are moving toward the more conciliatory policies of Pope Francis — though the new president himself said the fight against abortion will continue.
Americans — Catholics and non-Catholic — expressed surprise and mostly satisfaction as the news broke that Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio had been selected the next pope of the global church, the first pontiff from the New World.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops wrapped up two weeks of events meant to highlight what they say are attacks on religious liberties Wednesday with a Mass attended by an overflow crowd of at least 4,000 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, who led the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for more than 15 years, died Tuesday night at age 88.
A conservative American Indian archbishop was named Tuesday to lead the troubled Roman Catholic Church in Philadelphia, and he vowed to work to heal the wounds of sex-abuse victims, clergy and lay members alike.
Pope Benedict XVI accepted the resignation of Cardinal Justin Rigali, the archbishop of Philadelphia, on Tuesday, sending him into retirement as the archdiocese faces accusations that it covered up a long-running priest sex-abuse scandal.
New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan was elected Tuesday to be president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in an upset victory over an Arizona bishop with a moderate style who is the sitting vice president.
Archbishop Chaput said he hopes that if any excess funds are raised, they will be given to the poor.
Archbishop Chaput said he believes that the event has the power to "transform in deeply positive ways" both the Catholic Church and the "entire community."