Centennial Exposition

...Exposition was discussed in papers across the world. It was reported that 500,000 people attended the opening, including dignitaries such as the Empress and Emperor of Brazil.[9] The Exposition were reviewed quite positively and was said to be superior to the recent world’s fairs in Paris and Vienna.[10] However, the

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Mary Brackett Willcox and Catholicism in the Suburbs

...were only a half a dozen Catholics served by the mission.[9] By the mid-1800s, the small chapel in the house was inadequate for the now 500 parishioners. Mary would help in funding the building of the first standalone church building for St. Thomas in 1852.[10] St. Thomas Parish would go

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Catholic Interracial Council

...the city of Philadelphia throughout the following decades.[5] Halvey_L860_006: Catholic Interracial Council. Communion breakfast at St. Elizabeth Parish Hal, 11/11/1956 Anna McGarry, an Irish Catholic, was born in Philadelphia on March 17, 1894. In 1920s, she began to dedicate her life to fighting against discrimination against African Americans, after witnessing

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Irish Catholics and Secret Societies

...f the oaths of loyalty involved in such groups. Nevertheless, during the 1800s there were two major organizations that attracted numbers of Irish Catholics: the Fenian Brotherhood and the Molly Maguires. The Fenian Brotherhood was founded in 1858 as a national movement for the liberation of Ireland from English rule.[1]

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