Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s Remarks at Independence Hall

first_imgPennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s Remarks at Independence Hall Papal Visit,  Remarks For pictures from the governor’s World Meeting of Families 2015 weekend, visit the official Governor Tom Wolf Flickr account.Philadelphia, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf today welcomed Pope Francis at the airport and attended Pope Francis’ mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. Prior to Pope Francis’ arrival at Independence Hall for the Moment of Religious Freedom event, Governor Wolf delivered the following remarks:Thank you very much, Father, and welcome, everyone. What a joyous day. Welcome to Pennsylvania. All of you back there, too. Welcome. I am so proud to welcome all of you to this great commonwealth, and I am especially grateful to the Holy Father for coming here for these two days to Pennsylvania. By his visit – and by his many actions as Pontiff – he is reaffirming the noble values that this place symbolizes.Behind me is Independence Hall. This was the home of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for many years. The Liberty Bell once rang out from its tower. The second Continental Congress met here. The Constitution of 1787 was drafted here. This is a place of freedom. It is also a place of welcome.The Commonwealth whose government met here was founded, as the mayor said, by William Penn. Its very existence was premised on the idea of freedom of conscience. Pennsylvania was established by Penn as a refuge for people who wanted to escape the oppression of the Old World.It was a place that welcomed people looking for somewhere to worship God in their own way and Pennsylvania grew as a result.We Pennsylvanians showed that granting freedom of religion was not simply sound from a moral point of view. It was also smart public policy.Pennsylvania’s economy flourished as a result and so did its religious institutions. This place, Pennsylvania, became a magnet for great leaders with visions that transcended time. As the mayor said, John F. Kennedy spoke here in 1962. Nelson Mandela spoke here. Abraham Lincoln stopped here on his way to his 1861 inauguration. And in fact, as the mayor pointed out, he spoke from that lectern when he delivered the Gettysburg Address just a few miles west of here in 1863.This is an important neighborhood too. The National Constitution Center is back there. The African American Museum is over here . The National Museum of American Jewish History is over here. And of course the present home of the Liberty Bell is right here.It is therefore fitting that Pope Francis makes this one of his new world destinations. This is a place of history and significance. But more than that, it is a place of strong values, high ideals and values that pay tribute to the Holy Father’s focus on justice, fairness, openness, and welcome.Pope Francis reminds us all of what it is to be human in its most exalted ways. And so does this place.The Holy Father suggests that we should organize our lives in ways that promote fairness and justice. This place tells us that we should govern ourselves according to those very same values.The Holy Father tells us that the world is potentially very, very noble precisely because it is made up of ordinary souls. This place tells us that a government so founded should aspire to that same nobility.The Holy Father tells us that we can be better than we often are. This place tells us that our government can be better, too.So, I am honored and proud to welcome all of you to Pennsylvania and the Holy Father, too. This is a big event for all of us in Pennsylvania, and I know it is a big event for all of you.In a few moments, Pope Francis will give his message. He will inspire us with his thoughts on freedom and justice and welcome, and he will reaffirm the commitment each of us must make, as he did this morning at mass, to the better world it is our job, individually, to build. *These remarks have been slightly edited for clarity.For updates on Governor Wolf’s WMOF weekend, follow @GovernorTomWolf on Twitter.For pictures from the governor’s World Meeting of Families 2015 weekend, visit the official Governor Tom Wolf Flickr account.### September 26, 2015 SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Young people invited to enter 2011 Commonwealth Awards

first_img Sharing is caring! Tweet 195 Views   no discussions 2010 Gold winner – Madhabi Das Bhattacharyya, IndiaLONDON, England — Young people from around the Commonwealth are invited to enter the 2011 Commonwealth Photographic and Vision (film) Awards, organised by the Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS) in London.“Young people are invited to make their voice heard on a global platform by engaging with the issues that mean the most to them. This year’s Commonwealth theme is ‘Women as Agents of Change’ – we want entrants to think about the opportunities and barriers faced by women around the world and the roles they play in their family, community and nation,” the Royal Commonwealth Society said.“Our winners are often those picking up a camera for the very first time and what we are looking for is a creative spark, a unique insight, or a new idea!” it added.Top prizes in the photographic competition include monetary awards and photographic equipment. Last year, the RCS flew a selection of winners to London for a week of workshops with professional photographers, visits to the London sights (including a special tour of the Houses of Parliament) and a Gala Awards Ceremony.The judges’ favourite entries will be exhibited at prestigious Art venues and the Commonwealth Club, a private members club and exclusive London venue.In 2010 the top prizes went to photographers from India, Canada, Trinidad and Tobago, Pakistan, the UK and Australia.Top prizes in the vision (film) competition include monetary awards, film equipment, internships and submission to prestigious film festivals around the Commonwealth. In 2010, a selection of the filmmakers behind the judges’ favourite entries were flown to London for workshops led by professional filmmakers, and to receive their prizes from the award winning filmmaker, Gurinder Chadha.In 2010, the top prizes went to filmmakers from South Africa, Cameroon, Malaysia, Kenya, Canada and the United Kingdom.Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards are given to entrants in both the under-18 and 18-30 categories.Commonwealth Photographic Awards 2011The only Photographic Prize of its kind to reach every country in the Commonwealth, the Photographic Awards have been running since the 1990s and draws together hundreds of young photojournalists and photographers every year. The standard of entry is always exceptional. Open to all from, or resident in, Commonwealth countries, this inspiring photographic prize celebrates the ways in which young people from all backgrounds across world, from different races, creeds, cultures and ways of life, see themselves and others.Who can take part?Entrants must be under 30 and from or resident in a Commonwealth country. Whether you use a digital, analogue, mobile phone, or disposable camera – we want to see your images.How to enterEnter online here: Be sure to upload your photo and fill in the online entry form, including your date of birth. The deadline for receipt of submissions is 1st August.Commonwealth Vision Awards 2011The Commonwealth Vision Awards promote excellence in filmmaking across the Commonwealth. Open to both actual and prospective film-makers, they inspire young people to think creatively about international issues and share their opinions with peers around the globe.Applicants from rich and poor, large and small countries alike, submit story-board ideas in either written, picture or short film format, on a topic linked to the Commonwealth theme.Who can take part?Entrants must be under 30 and from or resident in a Commonwealth country. Whether you shoot on 35mm or Mini DV – we want to see your film. Further information can be found here: to enterMake a film connected to the theme ‘Women as Agents of Change’ of up to 4 minutes long and submit it online by 1st August., you can post the film on YouTube (or a similar site), and email the link together with a completed entry form to Postal entries can also be made by printing and completing the application form and sending it together with your entry, to the appropriate address. Download an entry form here: News Now Sharecenter_img Share NewsRegional Young people invited to enter 2011 Commonwealth Awards by: – July 8, 2011 Sharelast_img read more

Donald Trump campaign rally does not fill Tulsa arena, and Twitter has sports attendance jokes

first_imgMedia, campaign operatives and citizens all tried to spin the turnout for President Donald Trump’s rally Saturday night in Tulsa, Okla., but one thing was certain: There were still good seats available inside the 19,000-plus-seat BOK Center as Trump began speaking.The lower bowl appeared to be close to full and there was a large gathering on the floor, but large portions of the upper deck were . . . not. There were many theories including COVID-19/social distancing concerns, a rescheduled date from the original June 19, the campaign’s claim of protesters blocking the area outside the arena, and a reported TikTok/BTS ticket trolling scheme.   Here’s a panorama taken by CNN’s @DJJudd as Trump took the stage.— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) June 21, 2020MORE: Trump says Drew Brees caved to ‘PR pressure’ in kneeling flip-flopBut in the interest of sticking to sports, this is the point in the article where we compile attendance-related Twitter jokes about the gathering.NHL arenas get a few mentions at the start here: tfw you tout a million tickets sold and end up getting the turnout of a Wednesday night Arizona Coyotes game against the Blue Jackets— Andrew Joseph (@AndyJ0seph) June 21, 2020Florida Panthers vs New Jersey Devils on a Tuesday night looking crowd— raymond holtz (@HellblazerVice) June 21, 2020And college basketball tournaments get some shoutouts, too:Major ‘1st-round NCAA tournament game between two school from opposite coasts’ Vibe here— Dane Belbeck (@ZDane7) June 20, 2020This looks like the crowd during the first round of a mid-major conference basketball tournament.— Jason Lukehart (@JasonLukehart) June 21, 2020Looks like a Tuesday night Tulsa vs. Tulane battle for the 9 seed in the AAC conference tournament— Spencer Hughes (@spencerhughes) June 20, 2020Extreme “morning session on this first day of a conference basketball tournament” energy— Curran (Day 99) (@ItsCurran) June 21, 2020I’m thinking more “Conference USA tournament quarterfinals day session”— John Hollinger (@johnhollinger) June 21, 2020Of course, this wouldn’t be complete without a Mets joke, because Mets.After hitting .163 in Triple-A— Andrew Joseph (@AndyJ0seph) June 21, 2020The .163 hitter would be Tim Tebow, of course.last_img read more