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Archbishop asks pope to cancel conference on youth

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The archbishop of Philadelphia has asked Pope Francis to cancel a bishops’ conference focusing on youth in the wake of the child sex abuse crisis roiling the Catholic Church. A spokesman for the archdiocese confirmed Saturday that Archbishop Charles Chaput made the request by letter, but he …

Power Ranger window washers thrill kid patients at hospital

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Patients at a Philadelphia children’s hospital were treated to a superhero surprise outside their windows this week. Window washers dressed as Power Rangers dangled outside windows at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s on Tuesday afternoon, delighting the children, their families and staff members. Once a year window …

Benjamin Franklin’s gravestone develops crack from pennies

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A fundraising campaign has been launched to save the damaged gravestone of Benjamin Franklin at the Christ Church Burial Ground in Philadelphia. The Christ Church Preservation Trust tells The Philadelphia Inquirer (http://bit.ly/2fbrbV1 ) that the marble ledger tablet marking Franklin’s final resting place has recently developed a …

Stolen in 1955, famous ‘inverted Jenny’ stamp resurfaces

NEW YORK (AP) — Opening a new chapter in an infamous stamp-world mystery, a valuable “inverted Jenny” stamp has surfaced six decades after it was stolen from a collectors’ convention. The stamp — one of the world’s most famous pieces of postage — was among four of its kind taken …