I find it ironic that as Pope Francis comes to join us for the World Meeting of Families, the families that are most in need of a blessing will be on the outside looking in.Those families are the ones who comprise Philadelphia’s stunning 26 percent poverty rate, and they are accustomed to being outsiders. They live…

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TODAY IS Election Day, or as I like to call it – Tom and Tom Tuesday. That’s right, my fellow Pennsylvanians. You have a choice in today’s gubernatorial election. You can vote for Tom . . . or you can vote for Tom. This is not to say that the candidates are alike. They’re not.…

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I’VE NEVER BEEN emotionally invested in the case of Mumia Abu-Jamal, the radio journalist convicted for the murder of Police Officer Daniel Faulkner in 1982. When he was jailed I was a middle school student, more concerned with the awkwardness of adolescence than issues of race and criminal justice. Still, his case continues to rile his passionate supporters.…

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