Global Media’s Tour Of Philly To Draw Connections With Pope, Church

 

“Edward A. Mauger, tour guide and author of four books on the city's history, walks toward the Independence Visitors Center” | Photo: Michael Bucker, for The Inquirer

“Edward A. Mauger, tour guide and author of four books on the city’s history, walks toward the Independence Visitors Center” | Photo: Michael Bucker, for The Inquirer

  • When the international media descend upon Philadelphia next month to cover the World Meeting of Families, the newspersons will be treated to a historic tour led by Edward A. Mauger—Philadelphia booster par excellence and veritable encyclopedia of its history. The Inquirer’s Mike Newall previews the tour, which wisely attempts to influence the event’s global narrative by highlighting the parallels between the Pope’s worldview and the city’s legacy. Old St. Mary’s Church is included, where Philadelphia’s Catholics, after playing their part to secure independence, flaunted their “popish” neo-Gothic windows to the largely Protestant city. And in honor of Francis’ environmentalist streak, Mauger will take the media members to Dock Street to muse upon Benjamin Franklin’s efforts to clean up the then creek from pollutants.
  • While the Fringe Festival won’t kick off until next week, WHYY’s Peter Crimmins is already pondering how many of its 150 planned performance pieces will be one-offs, just how reusable can they be?
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Stephen Currall recently received his BA in history from Arcadia University. Before beginning doctoral studies, he is pursuing his interest in local history, specifically just how Philadelphians engage their vibrant past. Besides skimming through 18th century letters, Steve is also interested in music and travel.

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