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Mary Beth McCauley

Mary Beth McCauley is an author at Religion News Service.

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Philadelphia prepares for mega event: hosting Pope Francis

By Mary Beth McCauley — April 20, 2015
PHILADELPHIA (RNS) The city is experienced in holding events for crowds of 1 million-plus. But this one differs not only in size but in the number of security organizations involved: the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI, the CIA, the Secret Service, the Italian police force, the Swiss Guard, as well as city and state police.

Robert Barron, YouTube evangelist, lifts up Catholicism’s good, true and beautiful

By Mary Beth McCauley — February 4, 2015
MUNDELEIN, Ill. (RNS) For Catholics tired of the highly politicized public image of their faith, Barron provides easily digestible, no-nonsense eloquence. Skirting hot-button issues, he takes a broad view of the church as many Catholics experience it and still toes a traditional line.

Philadelphia gets ready to host Pope Francis following official papal announcement

By Mary Beth McCauley — November 17, 2014
PHILADELPHIA (RNS) Still left to determine -- whether the pope will visit New York and Washington, D.C., too.

Holy Week music sets a high bar, but one church rises to the challenge

By Mary Beth McCauley — April 16, 2014
PHILADELPHIA (RNS) The great trove of Holy Week music is firmly rooted in church, and on Good Friday, First Presbyterian Church is bringing Bach back to his roots, presenting his "St. John Passion" as he did -- not as performance but as prayer.

Seminary parts with its collection of Thomas Eakins portraits

By Mary Beth McCauley — April 2, 2014
PHILADELPHIA (RNS) To budget-strapped institutions and private owners, selling off art and artifacts sometimes seems the answer in an era of declining revenues and sagging fortunes.

High-level Philadelphia delegation to invite pope to visit

By Mary Beth McCauley — March 25, 2014
(RNS) Assuming Evite is out, how, exactly, does one ask the pope over?
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