Month: September 2015

Secretary of State Encourages Pennsylvanians To Register To Vote By October 5th Deadline

HARRISBURG, Pa., Sept. 28, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Secretary of State Pedro A. Cortés today encouraged Pennsylvanians to register to vote by the Monday, October 5th deadline and reminded citizens of their ability to register online using the state's new online voter registration system.rnrnEligible citizens must be registered by Monday, October 5th, to vote in the election.rnrn"Voting is one of our most fundamental rights, and registering is the first step," Cortés said. "Fortunately, the new online system makes registration more convenient, secure and accessible than ever before."rnrnThe online system, which can also be used to make changes to existing registrations, can be found at November 3rd, voters will cast ballots to elect candidates for local and county offices, as well as seats on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Superior Court and Commonwealth Court.rnrnIndividuals wishing to register to vote for the Nov. 3 election must be:rnrnA citizen of the United States for at least one month before the election.rnA resident of Pennsylvania and the election district in which the individual desires to register and vote for at least 30 days before the election. rnAt least 18 years of age on or before the election.rnEligible voters also can register by mail or apply in person at a county voter registration office; county assistance offices; Women, Infants & Children (WIC) program offices; PennDOT photo and driver's license centers; Armed Forces recruitment centers; county clerk of orphans' courts or marriage license offices; area agencies on aging; county mental health and intellectual disabilities offices; student disability services offices of the State System of Higher Education; offices of special education in high schools; and Americans with Disabilities Act-mandated complementary paratransit providers.rnrnApplications for new registration, change of address or change in party affiliation must be received in county voter registration offices or postmarked by October 5th. New applicants using the online system who do not have a signature on file with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation are encouraged to submit their applications before October 5th to allow time for sending their signature to the counties by the deadline.rnrnElectors who do not receive confirmation of their application within 14 days of submission should contact the voter registration office in their county.rnrnThe Department of State's website offers printable voter registration applications, a polling place locator and county boards of elections contact information. It also includes tips for first-time voters and members of the military. In addition, voters can familiarize themselves with the voting system they will use in their home county on Election Day. A Spanish version of the site is also available by clicking on the language selector at the top of each page.rnrnFor more information on voter registration, call the Department of State's toll-free hotline at 1-877-VOTESPA (1-877-868-3772) or visit rnrnMEDIA CONTACT: Wanda Murren (717) 783-1621rnrn rnrnSOURCE Pennsylvania Department of StaternrnrnrnRELATED LINKSrn

Dunkin’ Donuts To Celebrate National Coffee Day With Free Medium Hot Or Iced Dark Roast Coffee For All Guests


rnDunkin' Donuts brews additional special offers for National Coffee Day and beyondrnrnNew Pumpkin Macchiato now available at Dunkin' Donuts restaurants nationwidernrnCANTON, Mass., Sept. 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Tomorrow, September 29, is National Coffee Day, and Dunkin' Donuts will welcome the holiday by brewing several special offers for coffee lovers through the coming weeks. For National Coffee Day tomorrow, guests can walk into any participating Dunkin' Donuts restaurant across the country and receive a free medium cup of Dunkin' Donuts hot or iced Rainforest Alliance Certifiedâ„¢ Dark Roast Coffee, with a limit of one per guest. Made with 30% Rainforest Alliance Certifiedâ„¢ beans, Dunkin' Donuts' Dark Roast Coffee, which launched one year ago this month, uses a unique roasting process to create a bold flavor and smooth finish without the bitterness typically associated with most dark roast coffees.rnrnDunkin' Donuts' coffee celebration for this week and beyond also includes:rnrnFree coffee for new and current DD Perks® members: Tomorrow, Dunkin' Donuts is giving all members of its DD Perks Rewards Program a coupon for a free coffee or any Dunkin' Donuts beverage. The coupon is available via email or the Dunkin' Mobile® App, and can be redeemed any time before the end of the year.rnrnFor people who have yet to join the DD Perks program, Dunkin' Donuts is offering a great incentive to do so, as anyone who enrolls in DD Perks tomorrow, September 29, will receive four free coffees. The first coupon for a free coffee or beverage will be emailed upon enrolling, with similar coupons for additional free beverages being sent by email and available in the Dunkin' Mobile App each week during the first three weeks of October.rnrnWith DD Perks, guests earn five points for every dollar they spend on qualifying purchases at Dunkin' Donuts when they pay using an enrolled Dunkin' Donuts Card, either plastic or via the Dunkin' Mobile App. Once a member accrues 200 points, he or she receives a coupon for a free, any-size beverage of their choice, redeemable at participating Dunkin' Donuts restaurants. DD Perks members also receive a coupon for a free, any-size beverage upon enrollment and on their birthday. To enroll in DD Perks, download the Dunkin' Mobile App or visit is now on the menu: Dunkin' Donuts has also added Macchiato to the menu, with its new Pumpkin Macchiato now available at participating Dunkin' Donuts restaurants nationwide. Served hot or iced, Dunkin' Donuts' Pumpkin Macchiato is a handcrafted, layered espresso beverage made with steamed milk and pumpkin flavored swirl, then topped with a double shot of Dunkin' Donuts' rich, freshly-brewed espresso. A permanent part of the brand's espresso beverage lineup, a macchiato can be served on its own or be customized with any of Dunkin' Donuts sweetened coffee flavor swirls.rnrnStarting today and continuing through November 1, all DD Perks members can enjoy the new Pumpkin Macchiato, or any other hot or iced espresso beverage, for just $1.99 when they pay with their enrolled DD Card at any participating Dunkin' Donuts restaurant.rnrnIn addition to the Macchiato, Dunkin' Donuts offers a variety of classic espresso beverages including cappuccino, espresso, and hot and iced lattes. All Dunkin' Donuts' espresso beverages have a naturally sweet taste and rich flavor. They are made from the finest, high-quality Arabica espresso beans that are 100% Fair Trade Certifiedâ„¢.rnrnSnapchat Coffee Filter: This year Dunkin' Donuts is giving fans a new way to celebrate National Coffee Day by offering a one-day only Snapchat Geofilter design on National Coffee Day. The playful design features raining coffee beans to add even more fun to fans coming to Dunkin' to celebrate. The Geofilter will be available September 29 only, and can be unlocked at any of Dunkin' Donuts' U.S. locations.rnTo learn more about Dunkin' Donuts, visit or follow us on Facebook ( and Twitter ( Dunkin' DonutsrnrnFounded in 1950, Dunkin' Donuts is America's favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin' Donuts is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin' Donuts has earned the No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for nine years running. The company has more than 11,400 restaurants in 39 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin' Donuts is part of the Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit CroninrnDunkin' Brandsrn781-737-5200rnLindsay.Cronin@dunkinbrands.comrnrnLogo – Dunkin' DonutsrnrnrnrnRELATED LINKSrn

Enjoy a Free Krispy Kreme Original Glazed Doughnut With Your Free Coffee on National Coffee Day

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rnGet a free Original Glazed doughnut and 12 ounce coffee on Tuesday, Sept. 29rnrnCategory:rnCorporate, National Promotions and OffersrnMonday, September 28, 2015 1:55 pm EDTrnDateline:rnWINSTON-SALEM, N.C.rnrnWINSTON-SALEM, N.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–What’s better than a free 12 ounce cup of great-tasting Krispy Kreme coffee? How about a free Original Glazed® doughnut to go along with it? In celebration of National Coffee Day on Sept. 29, participating US Krispy Kreme Doughnuts® shops will give away the delectable pair for free.rnrn"There’s no better way to celebrate National Coffee Day than with a free cup of great-tasting Krispy Kreme coffee, except by enjoying it with a free Original Glazed doughnut,” said Dwayne Chambers, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts’ Chief Marketing Officer. “Krispy Kreme Doughnuts’ coffee and Original Glazed doughnuts are a combination that Krispy Kreme Doughnuts fans have enjoyed for generations, so it’s only natural that we honor National Coffee Day with both.”rnrnThe offer is good for one 12 ounce cup of brewed coffee per person per visit on Sept. 29, and cannot be combined with any other coupons or offers. In celebration of National Coffee Day, participating Krispy Kreme Doughnuts shops also are offering a small iced coffee, and a variety of small lattes and mochas for only $1, only on Sept. 29.rnrnVisit for more details.rnrnAbout Krispy KremernrnKrispy Kreme Doughnuts is a global retailer of premium-quality sweet treats, including its signature Original Glazed® doughnut. Headquartered in Winston-Salem, N.C., the Company has offered the highest-quality doughnuts and great-tasting coffee since it was founded in 1937. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts is proud of its Fundraising program, which for decades has helped non-profit organizations raise millions of dollars in needed funds. The Company has more than 1,000 retail shops in 24 countries. Connect with all things Krispy Kreme® at, or on one its many social media channels, including, and

World Meeting of Families: Department of Health Offers Tips for Individuals Planning to Attend the Papal Events in Philadelphia

HARRISBURG, Pa., Sept. 23, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Department of Health is reminding everyone participating in the papal events this weekend in Philadelphia to follow some important tips to help keep themselves and their loved ones safe and healthy.rnrn"With more than one million extra visitors possibly taking part in the World Meeting of Families papal festivities, it will be important for everyone to follow key health tips," said Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy. "This is especially true for older people, individuals with disabilities or access and functional needs, and parents of young children who may require a little more planning to ensure an enjoyable, safe experience."rnrnThe Department of Health has some basic tips for individuals travelling to the Papal Visit festivities in Philadelphia, including:rnrnBe Prepared to Travel: No matter how you'll be getting to or from Philadelphia, you should plan for traffic congestion in all directions – even many miles away from the city.rnWith this in mind, stock up now on items you'll need to make yourself and your loved ones more comfortable during your travels, including:rnWater and snacks that won't spoil;rnHand sanitizer;rnSmall first aid kit;rnExtra medications and medical supplies; andrnSupplies for your family and service animals.rnIf you or your loved ones have circulation issues, sitting for long periods of time could be dangerous. To stay healthy, follow these tips:rnStay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and avoiding salty foods.rnDo NOT cross your legs or ankles.rnDo ankle rolls/exercises or flex your feet.rnTalk to your health care professional before making the trip, as he or she might provide additional recommendations, such as wearing compression stockings or taking baby aspirin.rnMake sure your cell phone and other electronic devices are fully charged before you leave home, and don't forget your charger(s) and extra batteries.rnrnBe Prepared to Walk: Sections within the Francis Festival grounds will be closed to vehicles.rnWear comfortable shoes, including diabetic shoes or loose-fitting socks if recommended by your health care provider.rnWear comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing.rnIf you need a walker, cane, or crutches, you should use them for this trip.rnWear sunscreen.rnrnBe Prepared for Large CrowdsrnBe aware of your surroundings at all times.rnDo not wear any dangling items that could become tangled or pulled.rnTry to walk around crowds – not through them.rnIf you are caught in a tight crowd:rnStay on your feet. Don't sit down or bend over – you might get stepped on!rnIf you fall, get back on your feet quickly.rnMove with the flow and walk towards the edge of the crowd.rnrnBe Prepared for an EmergencyrnKeep your batteries charged.rnCharge batteries of your cell phone and any powered equipment you use (such as wheelchairs, oxygen generators, communication devices, etc.).rnBring extra batteries if possible.rnBring chargers for your cell phone and equipment.rnPrint and fill out a health information card for each member of your family. rnThis will help first responders assist you during an emergency. Include all of your current health information. Find the Health Information Card online at: with medical conditions are encouraged to also have their physician's telephone numbers readily identifiable on their cell phones.rnFor more health tips and Papal Visit preparedness information, including the location of first aid tents, medical stations, and water stations, visit CONTACT: Penny Ickes, DOH, 717-787-1783rnrn rnrn rnrn rnrnSOURCE Pennsylvania Department of HealthrnrnrnrnRELATED LINKSrn by this SourcernrnPA Department of Health Awarded 2015 Harold Rogers Prescription Drug Monitoring Program PDMP Implementation and Enhancement Grantrn13:57 ETrnSecretary of Health Kicks Off Clinical Scholars Day at Pennsylvania State CapitolrnSep 21, 2015, 10:55 ETrnSpeakers Highlight Impact of Opioid Crisis at All Better Care by Monitoring All Prescriptions (ABC-MAP) Program Board MeetingrnSep 15, 2015, 11:11 ETrnView all news by Pennsylvania Department of HealthrnJournalists and BloggersrnrnrnrnVisit PR Newswire for Journalists, our free resources for releases, photos and customized feeds. You can also send a free ProfNet request for experts.

Sleepless in Philly: Your Sin-Free After-Hours Guide to the Papal Visit


rnWESTPORT, Conn., Sept. 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Thousands of the Pope's followers are on their way to Philadelphia in anticipation of his arrival, but many may have trouble sleeping before his visit. Below is a late-night guide of things to do if they are wide-eyed in the city of Brotherly Love. For a user-friendly mobile guide for the flock go to IT OUTrnAre you feeling like Samson? Go for a midnight run up the stairs of the Philadelphia Art Museum. (2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway)rnrnFOODrnIf there are a lack of loaves and fishes when hunger strikes, check out the following for a midnight snack:rnrnInsomnia Cookies, open until 3am (135 S.13th St) https://insomniacookies.comrnGeno's Steaks, open until 3 a.m. (219 South 9th St) "The Ten Commandments" may not be playing, the University City Cinema starts movies after 11 p.m. or 12 a.m. on weekends (230 S 40th St) www.ravemotionpictures.comrnHit the lanes and show off what you learned in your CYO bowling league at Lucky Strike bowling alley, open until 2 a.m. (1336 Chestnut St) www.bowlluckystrike.comrnrnESSENTIALSrnIt might not be 40 days and 40 nights in the desert, but you may need some supplies from these go-to places:rnrnThe Wawa, open 24 hours (2535 Aramingo Avenue) https://www.wawa.comrnThe Fresh Grocer, open 24 hours (1501 N Broad St) http://thefreshgrocer.shoprite.comrnForgot your bible? Pick one up at Barnes & Noble so you can follow Mass on Sunday, open until 10 p.m. (1805 Walnut St) www.barnesandnoble.comrnO' HOLY NIGHTrnWhile the flock may be tending to their nighttime needs, rest assured Pope Francis will be sleeping peacefully. He will slumber on an eco-luxury, memory foam Loom & Leaf mattress by Saatva. It was delivered to The St. Charles Seminary, located just outside of Philadelphia. The order was received through Bedding Industries of America (BIA) who specifically chose the Loom & Leaf mattress for The Pope. He will reportedly go to bed at his usual 9:00 p.m. (not watching TV as he never does) and he will wake up at 4:00 a.m. fully rested to deliver Mass on Sunday.rnrnAbout SaatvarnSaatva — which means clarity and purity — is changing sleep and mattress-buying as many Americans know it. The online company designs and delivers ultra-premium innerspring and memory foam mattresses throughout the United States.rnFor more information visit and – rnrn rnrn rnrnSOURCE SaatvarnrnrnrnRELATED LINKSrn

Papal Visit Locally Woven Carpets Very Special Delivery

75-feet, 350-pound Langhorne Loomed Runner Goes UPS Green to AirportrnrnPENNDEL, Pa., Sept. 22, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Designing, weaving, and donating three custom carpets – including the iconic 75' x 9' "Medallions of Hope" Cardinal Red/Gothic Gold airport welcome carpet – for the Philadelphia Papal Visit has been a labor of love for months on the Langhorne Carpet looms in the tiny borough (pop. 2,200) of Penndel, Pennsylvania. Atrnrn11 a.m., Thursday, September 24thrnrnLanghorne's talented 'Weave Team', accompanied by government officials, textile design experts, and neighbors, bids farewell to the distinctive carpet that will be rolled out at Philadelphia International Airport for the Pope's arrival and departure. UPS has arranged (also as a donation) for the precious cargo to be shipped the 32 miles in one of its fleet of fuel-efficient Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEV). Borough officials, including the Mayor and Police Chief, will be on hand for the roll up and celebratory send off that will include a blessing of the carpet by the Rev. Robert Gross, Our Lady of Grace Parish, presentation of a Postcard to the Pope from all mill employees, and a police escort to the Airport. Last week the UPS HEV delivered the other two Langhorne Papal visit carpets that feature gold medallions set against a deep green background, for use in the Rectory of the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. Reproductions of the 100% organic wool carpets will also be on display and mill tours will be conducted.rnrnParticipants Include:rnrnBill & Winnifred Morrow / Langhorne Carpet CompanyrnKen Gillespie / UPSrnU.S. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick / Staff RepresentativernCharles H. Martin / Commissioner-Vice Chairman, Bucks CountyrnMayor Robert Winkler / Penndel BoroughrnPolice Chief Joseph M. Sciscio, Jr. / Penndel BoroughrnMarcia Weiss / Textile Design, Philadelphia UniversityrnThe Rev. Robert Gross (Vicar) / Our Lady of Grace Parish, Penndelrnrn rnrnSOURCE Langhorne Carpet Company

Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter Presents Pope Francis With A One-Of-A-Kind China Bowl Hand-Crafted By Lenox During His Historic U.S. Visit


rnPHILADELPHIA, Sept. 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — On September 22, 2015, Mayor Michael A. Nutter presented a beautiful china bowl hand-crafted by Lenox for Pope Francis to Archbishop Chaput at the World Meeting of Families opening ceremony. Lenox Corporation, America's leading tableware, giftware and home entertaining company, had the prestigious honor of crafting this special token of unity to celebrate this historic papal visit to Philadelphia.rnrn"Pope Francis's visit to the U.S. will be remembered for years to come by Philadelphia and the whole of America," said Mayor Nutter. "It's fitting that we present him with a beautiful, made-in-America design from Lenox, a Philadelphia area company. It was a pleasure to work with Lenox to make this a reality."rnrnThe Declaration of Independence inspired the overall appearance of this piece, from the color palette to the hand-written script found on the inside rim. To create this look the images were illustrated in the style of old lithograph-printing techniques. Independence Hall — home of the Declaration of Independence — and St. Peter's Basilica — home of Pope Francis — are illustrated on the sides to symbolize the unification of our two cities. The essence of the values between His Holiness and the founders of Philadelphia are written on the inside of the bowl; the important practices of Liberty, Friendship, Unity, Peace, and Love to our fellow man.rnrn"We were honored to have the opportunity to design this special gift in our studio in Bristol Borough, Pennsylvania and manufacture it in our factory in Kinston, North Carolina." said Peter Cameron, Chief Executive Officer of Lenox Corporation. "Lenox takes pride in being able to participate in this historic moment with our U.S. made fine china bowl."rnrnThe bowl is handcrafted in the USA of Lenox ivory bone china with a distinctive opulent etched 24-karat gold border. This exquisite gift for Pope Francis was created with the same level of attention to detail and quality materials used to make gifts for U.S. presidents, governors and dignitaries during Lenox's distinguished 125-year history.rnrnAbout Lenox CorporationrnrnLenox Corporation is a market leader in quality tabletop, giftware and collectibles. The company markets its products under the Lenox, Donna Karan Lenox, DKNY Lenox, Marchesa by Lenox, kate spade new york, Dansk, Gorham and Reed and Barton brands. Lenox is the market destination for bridal, entertaining and all occasion gift giving. Lenox Corporation is majority-owned by Clarion Capital Partners, LLC, a New York based private investment firm. Visit Lenox on-line ( for more information. rnrn rnrnPhoto – rnLogo – Lenox CorporationrnrnrnrnRELATED LINKSrn


Philadelphia, September 23, 2015 — Samantha Phillips, Director of Emergency Management, announced a new text alert system specifically for the World Meeting of Families and Pope Francis’ visit.rnrn“If you are planning to attend this historic event, we encourage you to sign up for text alerts for the Pope’s visit to get real time information of importance,” said Phillips. “Having peace of mind is part of enjoying the event.”rnrnEnrolling is easy. Text “papalvisit” to 888777 and you will be registered. It’s that simple, and that important.rnrnFrom weather to emergencies, travel or traffic information, the City of Philadelphia wants you to stay safe and be informed with news you need to know.rnrnAlerts will be sent through the duration of the World Meeting of Families and Pope Francis’ visit. Message and data rates may apply depending upon your plan with your service provider.rnrnThe City of Philadelphia is using Nixle, a public safety alert system, to send texts specifically related to the World Meeting of Families Congress and Pope Francis’ visit September 22nd through September 27th.rnrn“Nixle offers us a unique opportunity to send real time, accurate alerts,” said Phillips. “This is a one-time only, special event text alert system that will be used during the World Meeting of Families and Pope Francis’ visit.”rnrnIn addition, the City of Philadelphia offers, ReadyPhiladelphia, which allows subscribers to sign up for emergency or weather alerts by text, email, and phone or the Everbridge app. ReadyPhiladephia is available year round to those who live and work in the city. Subscribers can get alerts for up to five locations in the city that are important to them. To sign up for ReadyPhiladelphia, go to and click on “Sign Up For Alerts”.


Philadelphia, September 22, 2015 — During the opening ceremonies for the World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015, Mayor Michael A. Nutter delivered remarks welcoming to Philadelphia pilgrims from all over the world who will participate in the conference. Mayor Nutter also presented Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput with two gifts to be given to Pope Francis when he arrives in the city this weekend. The Mayor’s prepared remarks follow, check against delivery:rnrn rnrn“It has begun – the start of the most historic event in modern Philadelphia history. The first ever World Meeting of Families in the United States of America…right here in the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection. I want to welcome the joyous pilgrims here to our great city.rnrn rnrnI want to thank Donna Crilley Farrell, Executive Director of the World Meeting of Families and Robert J. Ciaruffoli, President of the World Meeting of Families. Donna makes up one-third of what I call the ‘Tireless Trio” planning the World Meeting of Families events, along with Brian Tierney and Meg Kane – thank you for the work you have done for this.rnrn rnrnI want to thank John McNichol, the great Pennsylvania Convention Center and its board for hosting the World Meeting of Families conference. Thank you to all of the elected officials near and far who partnered with us to make this event successful, especially Governor Wolf and Governor Corbett. And I want to recognize Police Commissioner Ramsey and Fire Commissioner Sawyer for their hard work.rnrn rnrnI also want to thank all of our cardinals, bishops, priests, nuns, novices, clergy and the faithful joining us from around the world, especially Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput and Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia of the Pontifical Council for the Family.rnrn rnrnLastly, I want to thank the members of my team from the City of Philadelphia, my ‘Pope Planning’ team: Everett Gillison, Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Chief of Staff; Desiree Peterkin-Bell, Communications Director and City Representative; Chief Inspector Joe Sullivan, Phila. Police Department; Samantha Phillips, Director of Emergency Management; and Jazelle Jones, Deputy Managing Director for Special Events.rnrn rnrnI am filled with joy for the events which will take place this week, but no matter how great the events or who I have met on this journey, I’m still just a kid from West Philadelphia who attended Transfiguration of Our Lord parish and Saint Joseph’s Preparatory High School. My mother and her twin sister are graduates of Hallahan Catholic Girls’ High School. This is an incredible personal and professional moment and honor for me, and more importantly, our city. Never in my life did I ever imagine an event of this significance in our city, let alone that I would be Mayor at the time.rnrn rnrnThe City of Philadelphia is honored and excited to host the World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015, a conference that brings together people from all over the world in celebration of the family – the sanctuary of love and life.rnrn rnrnThe World Meeting of Families is bringing more than 20,000 people here to Philadelphia for the congress this week, and more than 3,500 national and international journalists for the Papal Visit this weekend.rnrn rnrnThere is an energy on the streets. Earlier today I greeted a family from the Dominican Republic and took photos with a group of nuns from Puerto Rico.rnrn rnrnPhiladelphia is the perfect place for the World Meeting of Families because Philadelphia has always been a place of diversity and tolerance, a city of neighborhoods anchored by thousands upon thousands of families.rnrn rnrnFounded in 1682 by William Penn, Philadelphia was a place of religious tolerance where anyone could worship freely. Penn, a Quaker, wanted his colony this way because he had experienced religious persecution for his own beliefs in England and knew there was a better way.rnrn rnrnIn time, people of many faiths worshipped alongside each other and those historic houses of worship clustered in Old City can still be seen and visited to this day.rnrn rnrnIn fact, Christ Church, the Free Quaker Meeting House, Old St. Mary’s Church, Old St. Joseph’s Church (the first Catholic Church in the city), Mikveh Israel synagogue and Mother Bethel A.M.E. Church are just of few of the houses of worship dating back to the 18th & 19th centuries that still have active congregations that you can visit while you’re here.rnrn rnrnWe are also a city of “firsts” in America, innovations like the first fire insurance company, first library, first hospital, first fire department and the first university – so it is appropriate and fitting that we are the first American city to ever host the World Meeting of Families.rnrn rnrnThe Vatican and the Pontifical Council on the Family chose Philadelphia for this honor under Pope Benedict in 2012. This is the reason why Pope Francis is coming to the United States, to be here in Philadelphia for this conference.rnrn rnrnAs the Holy Father said in the video released on Sunday, ‘he’ll be here because we’ll be here, in Philadelphia’.rnrn rnrnThe World Meeting of Families conference theme this year is “Love is Our Mission: the Family Fully Alive”. What better place to celebrate loving God and one another than in the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection?rnrn rnrnAs host City for the World Meeting of Families and the city in which Pope Francis will make the most public appearances, including celebrating mass on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Sunday, we wanted to present gifts of our appreciation to the Holy Father for blessing us with his presence.rnrn rnrnAs Mayor, I am presenting these gifts to Archbishop Chaput so that he, in turn, may present them to Pope Francis on behalf of our City.rnrn rnrnFirst, I am honored to present a beautiful, hand-crafted ivory bone china bowl by Lenox, an American tableware and giftware company based in the Philadelphia region. It features a 24-karat gold border. I want to thank Peter Cameron, CEO of Lenox.rnrn rnrnThe Declaration of Independence inspired the overall appearance of this piece, from the color palette to the hand-written script found on the inside rim. To create the special appearance, the images were illustrated in the style of old lithograph-printing techniques.rnrn rnrnIndependence Hall — home of the Declaration of Independence — and St. Peter’s Basilica — home of the Holy See — are illustrated on the sides to symbolize the unification of our two cities.rnrn rnrnThe essence of the values shared by His Holiness and the founders of our Nation are written on the inside of the bowl; the important practices of Liberty, Friendship, Unity, Peace, and Love to our fellow man.rnrn rnrn rnrnOur second gift holds special importance for me, as my wife Lisa is an avid cyclist and we spend time together at cycling.rnrn rnrnTogether with the Philadelphia Bicycling Advocacy Board which I established in November 2014, I am honored to present this custom-made Breezer Downtown 8, a ‘commuter-style’ bike to Pope Francis. It is a “people’s bike” for the “people’s pope”.rnrn rnrnBreezer is an American bicycle brand owned by Advanced Sports, Inc., which is located in Philadelphia. This idea was inspired by my wife Lisa and Karen Bliss, chair of the Bicycling Advocacy Board.rnrn rnrnThe bicycle was created to celebrate Pope Francis’ advocacy for environmentally responsible modes of transit. In conjunction with this gift, 100 bicycles have been donated to bicycle-based community programs in Philadelphia.rnrn rnrnIn his second encyclical, Laudato si’, the pope called for a shift in social consciousness about the way we live, with references to transportation and more livable cities.rnrnThe reasons he gave for this shift are not only environmental, but also social. Moving from an automobile-centered system to one in which walking and biking exist in harmony with public transportation enhances human relationships and fosters greater social equity within our communities.rnrnThe Breezer Downtown 8 is equipped with a Nexus 8-speed drivetrain, making shifting easy and smooth and giving the bike its clean aesthetic. Wide tires absorb road bumps, and a comfortable saddle makes the ride enjoyable.rnrn rnrnA chain guard and fenders protect clothing from grease and the elements, and a rear rack can be used for carrying groceries, bags or briefcases.rnrn rnrnPope Francis’ bicycle also bears the creative graphics of Amanda Dirksen Catanzaro, head of Advanced Sports’ graphic design team. Catanzaro seamlessly combined her Fine Arts degree and faith-based education with her every-day job for this project.rnrn rnrnThe clean, papal white frame features elements created to honor the Pope, including his name in his native Spanish language, Papa Francisco, on the top tube and the Pope’s crest for the head badge, fabricated in brass by Toronto-based artists Carl & Rose.rnrn rnrnOther symbols placed on the bike include a Cross, a Holy Candle, a Peace Dove and the colors of the Swiss Guard. As a tribute to Philadelphia, Catanzaro placed a Liberty Bell and a “PHL Made” logo on the seat tube.rnrn rnrnOne of the most stunning details is the chain guard. Custom designed and fabricated by Carl & Rose, the metal chain guard takes the shape of an angel’s wing.rnrn rnrn rnrnTogether, these gifts represent some of the best that Philadelphia has to offer – gifts of practicality and elegance for a humble and inspiring leader.rnrn rnrnI’m looking forward to participating in many World Meeting of Families events this week, including the Film Festival this evening and the International Mayors Forum tomorrow, and welcoming Pope Francis on Saturday.rnrn rnrnAs a Jesuit-trained man, I’ve tried to be a man for others, but Pope Francis has set a new standard for all of us in service. As the Holy Father said, ‘Whoever wishes to be great must serve others, not be served by others. Service is never ideological, for we do not serve ideas, we serve people’. Let our re-energized service to others begin!”