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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.

 

From the Philadelphia Inquirer

For two days in September, Pope Francis will take center stage on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

On regular days, however, the Parkway is where from 75 to 125 homeless people live. And for many others who are destitute, it is where they receive free daily meals.

 

From CBS Philly

An unusual, interactive art exhibit is coming to the grounds of The Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul just in time for Pope Francis’ visit at the end of September.

The exhibit is based on the Baroque painting “Mary Untier of Knots” — which shows the Virgin Mary undoing a knotted ribbon.

 

From The Oregonian

A knotty exhibit being created for Pope Francis' upcoming trip to Philadelphia will honor the pontiff's teachings by letting visitors acknowledge the challenges in their daily lives.

The installation, to be built in the shape of a grotto next to the city's Roman Catholic cathedral, is inspired by a painting called "Mary, Undoer of Knots" that holds special meaning for the pope.

 

Via the Philadelphia Inquirer

The anonymous messages ranged from the universal - "World Peace! World Peace! World Peace!" - to the deeply personal:

"Prayers for my son having a liver transplant."

"I pray that I will be able to fully accept my son's homosexuality."

And: "Grieving the loss of my dear husband of 37 years."

 

This story originally appeared in our winter edition of News from HOME.

The City of Philadelphia is abuzz with expectation for Pope Francis’s visit this September for the World Meeting of Families, a triennial international Catholic conference on the family.

It’s still early in 2015, and in our last blog, we highlighted our top accomplishments of the past year.  Here we present some of our top goals for the new year:

1) We are planning to operate a fourth year of the Hub of Hope, the drop-in center in the Suburban Station Concourse, to create an access center for persons experiencing chronic homelessness.

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