Police move homeless people off Philadelphia streets ahead of Pope Francis’ Mass

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John Scott, originally from New Jersey, has been living on the streets of Philadelphia for over a year, as the city prepares for the arrival of Pope Francis. Religion News Service photo by Sally Morrow

John Scott, originally from New Jersey, has been living on the streets of Philadelphia for over a year, as the city prepares for the arrival of Pope Francis. Religion News Service photo by Sally Morrow

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PHILADELPHIA (RNS) More than 1 million people are expected on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for Sunday's Mass, an area where thousands live in makeshift shelters, homeless advocates said.

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  • Mary B

    Just “shooed away” to fend for themselves? Or, “moved,” to a specific location? Now that perhaps the homeless have become more visible to the community at large, will they receive more help, or not?
    Maybe Philadelphia should look at what Utah is doing for the homeless in general, and what New Orleans is doing for homeless veterans. This “shooing” may in the end be helpful. Or, maybe not.

  • Greg1

    It will be interesting to see if Francis visits the place they have been moved to.

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  • Jack Easton

    I’ve lived in Philly for over ten years. Where are the makeshift shelters, with thousands of people experiencing homelessness on the Parkway?

  • Fran

    Homelessness will not only become a thing of the past in the U.S. (a proposed “rich” nation), but also in the rest of the world.

    This will soon be realized when God’s kingdom or heavenly government puts an end to all corrupt, selfish and greedy human rule and governments (Daniel 2:44) and instead blesses all meek mankind (Isaiah 11:1-9). There will be no more poverty or worries about life, nor any lack of food, clothing and other necessities; and no more people living in cardboard boxes.

  • Jack

    Philadelphia remains what it’s been for the lifetimes of most of us — a poorly governed city. Mayor after mayor has failed to do the core job of any government — protecting the lives and safety of its citizens. When crime has fallen in virtually every city in the country over the past quarter-century, from NY to LA, Philly is one of the few cities, along with Baltimore and Chicago, which haven’t followed suit.

    A big predictor of the success of any city in terms of governance is to what extent it’s a one-party city. NY and LA changed for the better because both parties proved capable of electing and re-electing mayors, preventing the development of complete one-party rule on either side.

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  • Dr. Cajetan Coelho

    Pope Francis places the homeless at the center of his message. But we and our colleagues keep doing the opposite.