The displacement of the homeless people comes amid the pope's repeated calls for greater income equality and social inclusion of the poor.
"The history of the church in this city and state is really a story not about building walls, but about breaking them down."
At the World Meeting of Families, LGBT Catholic activists and advocates for traditional teaching on sexuality agree -- the church isn't always an easy place to have these conversations.
Philadelphia — The packed, four-day schedule of the World Meetings of Families, had a single session devoted to families and homosexuality. Scheduled for Thursday afternoon in the main hall, capable of seating at least 10,000, and it was moved at the last minute to another room room capable of seating only about 1,000. Hundreds of others were turned away.
Philadelphia seems almost preternaturally calm as the city prepares for unprecedented activity during Pope Francis' visit.
Organizers and delegates to the third international women’s ordination conference, finishing a three-day conference here, said they were leaving with a renewed energy and purpose.
Women ordination advocates joined in a liturgical celebration Sunday morning which turned into an energetic sendoff ceremony.
Church historian says: “In the past, ordination referred to the selection and installment of a person by their own community to a position, or office, or function really, within that community ... to any function considered of service to the Christian community."
Priests explain their diverse journeys in support of women's ordination at WOW conference in Philadelphia.
Sharp traditional distinctions between male and female that formed traditional Catholic theology over centuries have dissolved in recent times challenging church teachings.