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Pope will visit Philadelphia, attend World Meeting of Families
Written by Francis X. Rocca, Catholic News Service   
Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 -- 12:00 AM
Pope Francis arrives to lead an audience at the Vatican recently. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis said he would attend the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia in September of 2015, making it the first confirmed stop on what is expected to be a more extensive papal visit to North America.

The pope made the announcement November 17, in a speech opening an interreligious conference on traditional marriage.

“I would like to confirm that, God willing, in September 2015, I will go to Philadelphia for the eighth World Meeting of Families,” the pope said.

Announcement expected

The announcement had been widely expected, since Pope Benedict XVI had said before his retirement that he hoped to attend the Philadelphia event. Popes typically fulfill their predecessors’ publicly known travel plans, as Pope Francis did in July 2013, when he attended World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro.

Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, who was in Rome for the families meeting, told Catholic News Service the announcement was “a surprise in the sense that it was announced so early; you know usually they don’t make these announcements -- four months out is the typical and here we are 10 months away, and the Holy Father said he is coming to Philadelphia.”

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St. Mary’s President Dr. Frank Byrne announces plans for retirement
Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

MADISON -- After 10 years of mission and values-driven service, Dr. Frank Byrne announced recently that he plans to retire from his position as president of St. Mary’s Hospital on January 30, 2015. However, he will remain a member of the board of directors of St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation.

Under Byrne’s leadership, St. Mary’s nearly doubled in size with the 2008 completion of its expansion project. St. Mary’s and Dean began their journey toward HIMSS Stage 7 status with the transition to Epic’s electronic health record system.

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Don’t shop on Thanksgiving: Spend the holiday with family and friends
Written by Mary Uhler   
Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

Shopping is one of my favorite pastimes. Just ask any members of my family. They know I’m ready to shop at the drop of a hat — or any object, for that matter!

But when it comes to shopping on Thanksgiving Day, it’s another story. I have been resenting the encroachment of “Black Friday” — the name given to the day after Thanksgiving — onto the holiday itself.

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