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The World Peace and Unification Sanctuary, in Newfoundland, Pennsylvania, believes guns are a symbol of the "rod of iron" referenced in the Book of Revelations. 

The World Peace and Unification Sanctuary, also known as the Sanctuary Church and a breakaway from the Unification Church, believes guns are a symbol of the "rod of iron" referenced in the Book of Revelations. EPA/Jim Lo Scalzo.

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Una temporada de primeros

 11/08/2016 - 10:02

La temporada inaugural de la Copa de la Unidad Internacional de Filadelfia fue una fanfarria para todas las culturas. El día comenzó con una reunión deportiva de los equipos que participaron en el torneo. El aroma que se respiraba desde cada uno de los puestos de comida, así como también los diversos tipos de actividades para niños, daban la sensación de estar en una atmósfera festiva que se observa también en otras actividades de deportes profesionales.

South 9th Street BID defeated, and "it's about time to get organized"

 11/06/2016 - 20:38

A plan to create a Business Improvement District in the Italian Market area, where Mexican businesses revitalized once-abandoned storefronts, has been shelved for now. Mexican business owners, who had little say in the original plan, now have another chance to get organized.

[OP-ED] An Irish/Colombian: The Devil you know and the Devil you don’t know

 11/02/2016 - 08:28

It’s been about two months since I left a stable government job to have the opportunity to live out my dream.  The back and forth battle in my mind that kept me up at night was, “Will I be able to keep the lifestyle I already have?” “Can I still support my family?”  

“Am I making a big mistake?”

This election season we all have witnessed the back and forth mudslinging between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. One day it’s deleted emails. The next day it’s about sexual harassment accusations. This election is its own reality TV series or a very bad Telenovela.

Celebrating Día de los Muertos at the Penn Museum

 10/28/2016 - 15:47

This Saturday, October 29, the Penn Museum will celebrate el Día de los Muertos together with the Mexican Cultural Center and the Mexican Consulate in Philadelphia. A full day of events, including costume and altar-decorating contests, is planned to take place in front of a larger-than-life altar decorated in the Veracruz style and dedicated to Mexican pop star Juan Gabriel.

Edgar Allan Poe: A Rediscovered Face in a Gentrified Philadelphia

 10/18/2016 - 23:53

"I NEVER knew anyone so keenly alive to a joke as the king was. He seemed to live only for joking. To tell a good story of the joke kind, and to tell it well, was the surest road to his favor. Thus it happened that his seven ministers were all noted for their accomplishments as jokers. They all took after the king, too, in being large, corpulent, oily men, as well as inimitable jokers. Whether people grow fat by joking, or whether there is something in fat itself which predisposes to a joke, I have never been quite able to determine; but certain it is that a lean joker is a rara avis in terris..."

Governor Wolf visits the Schuykill River Trail to announce new expansion southwest

 10/10/2016 - 18:04

On Monday, October 10, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf came to Philadelphia to announce a grant which will facilitate the expansion of the Schuylkill River Trail in Southwest Philadelphia, connecting Bartram’s Mile to Passyunk Point. Speaking on the trail itself, just south of its Walnut Street entrance, Wolf praised the work the Schuylkill River Development Corporation has done up till this point and all that their achievements demonstrate about industrial land’s potential for reuse.

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Liliana Frankel

Highlights: October 6 City Council meeting

 10/07/2016 - 18:04

Of all the interesting things that happened at the City Council meeting yesterday, two seemed of particular relevance to the community. (A complete agenda can be found here). First, Councilwoman María Quiñones-Sánchez presented a resolution acknowledging and celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, which goes from September 15 until October 15.

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Liliana Frankel

Habla Tim Kaine en Local 19

 10/07/2016 - 09:44

El día 5 de Octubre, tras su primer y único debate sobre la vicepresidencia, el Senador Tim Kaine hizo acto de presencia en el Local 19 de la Sheet Metal Workers’ Union para apoyar a su compañera de campaña Hillary Clinton, recapitulando la noche previa y hablando sobre cómo ambos planean construir una economía inclusiva.

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Liliana Frankel

Michelle Obama addresses La Salle University

 09/30/2016 - 09:45

First Lady Michelle Obama wasn’t scheduled to speak at La Salle University until noon on Wednesday, September 28, but according to students and security, the eager crowd was lining up outside the arena as early as midnight the night before. Although Obama was not there on her own behalf—she is one of Hillary Clinton’s chosen campaign surrogates, and will spend the weeks leading up to the election speaking in swing states to the merits of her husband’s former rival—the excitement in the mostly young, very diverse crowd was palpable.

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Liliana Frankel

An Essential Latino: A furtive champion of the Irish immigrants in 19th Century U.S.

 09/22/2016 - 13:30

This cuban catholic priest saved many Irish immigrants, one person at a time, when they came here in the 19th Century, poor, hungry and undereducated, in no different fashion immigrants from Cuba, México and Puerto Rico may still come today.

“No single Latino left a greater imprint in 19th Century American culture than Varela.” ~Juan González, “Harvest of Empire”.

Un Latino Esencial: El campeón furtivo de los inmigrantes irlandeses de Estados Unidos en el siglo XIX

 09/22/2016 - 13:17

Este cura católico cubano salvó, uno a uno, a numerosos inmigrantes irlandeses que llegaron a los Estados Unidos en el siglo XIX en las mismas condiciones de pobreza, hambruna y falta de educación que llegan hoy muchos inmigrantes de Cuba, México y Puerto Rico. 

“No hay otro Latino que haya dejado huella más grande en la cultura norteamericana del siglo XIX que Varela” Juan González, Harvest of Empire (La cosecha del Imperio)

Rivera’s Reflections on Hispanic Heritage Month

 09/22/2016 - 13:06
Pedro Rivera. Photo: Peter Fitzpatrick/AL DÍA News

Celebrations are moments to hug each other and to enjoy. Paradoxically, they’re also moments to look at ourselves and evaluate our journey. One of the Hispanic community’s favorite sons, and a friend of Al Día’s, Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera, spoke with us in light of the Hispanic Heritage Month.

Pedro Rivera, for those who don’t know him or might not remember him, has been the Pennsylvania Secretary of Education since 2015. Rivera was named by governor Tom Wolf, who recognized his successful path as Superintendent of The School District of Lancaster.