I AM NOT Catholic, but I understand the significance of the upcoming papal visit. In short, the presence of Pope Francis, a man who has placed poverty at the center of his papacy, will put the world’s eyes squarely on our city. The world will see the brick tower of Independence Hall standing tall against…

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I LOOKED at my 10-year-old son about a week ago and something around his mouth looked almost . . . dirty. “What have you been eating?” I asked, figuring that the shadow on his upper lip was the remnants of a meal. “Nothing,” he said. “Then what’s that on your face?” He shrugged. I moved…

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LAST WEEK was my 14th wedding anniversary. That’s right, the big one-four. I know 14 years isn’t a gold anniversary. It’s not even a silver anniversary, but maybe we could call it a copper anniversary, or a quartz anniversary, or a synthetic topaz anniversary. Why? Because divorce rates have doubled over the past 20 years…

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THE WISEST man I know is not a man at all. He’s a 9-year-old boy named Solomon, and he happens to be my son. Until the other day, I thought he was just a regular boy. His room was dirty. His clothes were dirty. And if we hadn’t imposed our will on him to spare…

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