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

Jamie Olivers UK restaurant chains head for insolvency putting 1300 jobs at

first_imgJamie Oliver’s U.K. restaurant chains head for insolvency, putting 1,300 jobs at risk Oliver’s restaurants are the latest victims of a shakeout in the casual dining industry Bloomberg News Facebook Recommended For YouBrazil to extend probe into Vale dam disaster into early 2020 -officialGovernment supporters rally in Hong Kong to seek end to violenceTrans Mountain construction work can go ahead as National Energy Board re-validates permitsDavid Rosenberg: Deflation is still the No. 1 threat to global economic stability — and central banks know itBank of Canada drops mortgage stress test rate for first time since 2016 Jamie Oliver’s restaurant chain moved to begin insolvency procedures, leaving 1,300 jobs at risk after failing to turn around its performance.The U.K. celebrity chef’s company filed notice in the High Court for administration, a process similar to Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the U.S. The proceedings involve 25 Jamie’s Italian, Barbecoa steakhouse and Fifteen eateries in the U.K. but not the international division.Oliver has tried to revive his restaurant business for the past few years amid a tough consumer market, intense competition and rising costs. Last year the chef, who has built up a large television following, completed a company voluntary arrangement of his Jamie’s Italian brand. Such a procedure allows a business to cut shops and slash rents, but that was not enough.A “Jamie’s Italian” restaurant, near London Bridge. “I am deeply saddened by this outcome and would like to thank all of the staff and our suppliers who have put their hearts and souls into this business for over a decade,” Oliver said in a statement.Oliver’s restaurants are the latest victims of a shakeout that’s spread to Britain’s casual-dining business after hitting the likes of Applebee’s, TGI Friday’s and Ruby Tuesday in the U.S. U.K. chains such as Byron Hamburgers, Gaucho, Carluccio’s, Prezzo and Strada have all restructured over the past few years.Bloomberg.com Reddit Jamie Oliver has tried to revive his restaurant business for the past few years amid a tough consumer market, intense competition and rising costs.Laurent Gillieron/Keystone via AP, File 0 Comments Emailcenter_img Twitter More Comment Share this storyJamie Oliver’s U.K. restaurant chains head for insolvency, putting 1,300 jobs at risk Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn May 21, 20198:41 AM EDTLast UpdatedMay 21, 20198:42 AM EDT Filed under News Retail & Marketing Leon Neal/Getty Images Deirdre Hipwell Join the conversation →last_img read more