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December 17, 2000 | RICHARD BOUDREAUX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Vatican's millennial Christmas season opened in turmoil Saturday as police battled a crowd protesting a visit by Europe's most provocative far-right leader, who got a papal audience in exchange for his gift of the seasonal fir tree for St. Peter's Square.
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December 18, 2000 | From Associated Press
Joerg Haider, an Austria far-right politician and self-proclaimed "angel of peace," made parting jabs against immigrants and Italy's "weak" leaders as he headed home Sunday after a tumultuous visit to the Vatican. Haider's combative interview added to the outrage that his trip sparked. His audience with Pope John Paul II on Saturday prompted protests outside St. Peter's Square.
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January 8, 1988
A spokesman for Kurt Waldheim denied that there are plans for the Austrian president to accompany Pope John Paul II to a former Nazi death camp during the pontiff's June visit to Austria. Presidential spokesman Gerold Christian said there have never been any plans for Waldheim to accompany the pontiff on a visit to the Mauthausen concentration camp near Linz. However, he said that the Pope and Waldheim "will certainly be (in) private conversation here in the presidential office."
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December 17, 2000 | RICHARD BOUDREAUX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Vatican's millennial Christmas season opened in turmoil Saturday as police battled a crowd protesting a visit by Europe's most provocative far-right leader, who got a papal audience in exchange for his gift of the seasonal fir tree for St. Peter's Square.
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January 7, 1988 | DON SHANNON, Times Staff Writer
The Jewish organization officially chartered to carry on a dialogue with the Vatican expressed dismay Wednesday over an announcement that Pope John Paul II will meet again with Austrian President Kurt Waldheim, who is accused of participating in war crimes during World War II.
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June 19, 1987 | RUSSELL CHANDLER, Times Religion Writer
In a critical move that could dramatically affect delicate relationships between the American Jewish community and the Vatican, the American Jewish Congress said Thursday that it will boycott a September meeting of Jewish leaders with Pope John Paul II in Miami because of the pontiff's decision to meet with Austrian President Kurt Waldheim next week. At the same time, two Southland rabbis said they will boycott the Pope's Sept. 16 interfaith meeting in Los Angeles. "We . . .
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June 21, 1987 | From Times Wire Services
The Vatican said Saturday that it is "surprised and profoundly grieved" that Austrian President Kurt Waldheim's state visit this week to Pope John Paul II has raised doubts about "the respect of the Pope and the Holy See for the Jewish people." The Vatican press office issued the formal statement in response to protests by Jewish organizations that followed Wednesday's announcement that Waldheim will meet the pontiff during a state visit Thursday to the Vatican.
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June 25, 1987 | DON A. SCHANCHE, Times Staff Writer
The Vatican insisted again Wednesday that its invitation to Austrian President Kurt Waldheim was routine, while other sources in the Roman Catholic Church reported that the Austrian government had exerted heavy pressure on the church for the last six months to arrange the invitation.
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June 26, 1988 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, Times Staff Writer
Pope John Paul II toured the friendly green hills of Austria on Saturday, with a message of unity for the Roman Catholic Church, headed for its first schism in a century. "Only a church of complete unity is the true bread for the world," the Pope said in a German-language sermon at the Roman-founded city of Enns on the third day of his five-day visit to this predominantly Catholic country.
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December 18, 2000 | From Associated Press
Joerg Haider, an Austria far-right politician and self-proclaimed "angel of peace," made parting jabs against immigrants and Italy's "weak" leaders as he headed home Sunday after a tumultuous visit to the Vatican. Haider's combative interview added to the outrage that his trip sparked. His audience with Pope John Paul II on Saturday prompted protests outside St. Peter's Square.
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September 7, 1990 | From Reuters
Jewish and Roman Catholic leaders have agreed to work together to combat rising anti-Semitism in Eastern Europe and to forge a closer relationship between the two religions after a recent period of friction. The agreement was announced Thursday after a four-day meeting in Prague between the Vatican's Commission on Religious Relations with the Jews and the International Jewish Committee on Inter-Religious Consultations.
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June 26, 1988 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, Times Staff Writer
Pope John Paul II toured the friendly green hills of Austria on Saturday, with a message of unity for the Roman Catholic Church, headed for its first schism in a century. "Only a church of complete unity is the true bread for the world," the Pope said in a German-language sermon at the Roman-founded city of Enns on the third day of his five-day visit to this predominantly Catholic country.
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June 26, 1988 | From Reuters
A day after Pope John Paul II was criticized for not mentioning Jews during a visit to a former Nazi concentration camp, his spokesman insisted Saturday that he had done so, and the pontiff later said the Jews who died there had enriched the world by their suffering.
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June 25, 1988 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, Times Staff Writer
Pope John Paul II, standing where the Nazis bought a granite quarry surrounded by rich, rolling farm land and made it hell, preached Friday against the "lunatic ideology" of totalitarianism.
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June 24, 1988 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, Times Staff Writer
Pope John Paul II on Thursday recalled the tyranny and suffering of Austria's Nazi past in an address to government leaders including President Kurt Waldheim, who has been accused of war crimes as a German army officer in World War II. The Pope addressed the Austrian leaders on the first day of a five-day pastoral visit to Austria that Vatican aides describe as an opportunity to bridge the gap between West and East.
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June 23, 1988 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, Times Staff Writer
Pope John Paul II flies anew into public controversy and private anguish today on a five-day visit to Austria, where he will meet President Kurt Waldheim and visit a former concentration camp.
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June 22, 1987 | From Times Wire Services
Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir charged Sunday that Pope John Paul II's upcoming visit with Austrian President Kurl Waldheim will serve to legitimize Waldheim's alleged war crimes, but Austria called Israel's criticism an "unfriendly act." In a television program in Vienna on Sunday, Austrian Foreign Minister Alois Mock announced a diplomatic protest over Israel's negative reaction to the meeting scheduled Thursday at the Vatican between the Pope and Waldheim.
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September 7, 1990 | From Reuters
Jewish and Roman Catholic leaders have agreed to work together to combat rising anti-Semitism in Eastern Europe and to forge a closer relationship between the two religions after a recent period of friction. The agreement was announced Thursday after a four-day meeting in Prague between the Vatican's Commission on Religious Relations with the Jews and the International Jewish Committee on Inter-Religious Consultations.
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January 9, 1988 | Associated Press
Pope John Paul II is scheduled to meet President Kurt Waldheim three times during a visit to Austria in June, church officials said Friday. Jewish groups in the United States have warned that meetings between the Pope and Waldheim, who was received by the pontiff in an audience at the Vatican amid widespread protest last June, could damage relations between Jews and the Roman Catholic Church.
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January 8, 1988
A spokesman for Kurt Waldheim denied that there are plans for the Austrian president to accompany Pope John Paul II to a former Nazi death camp during the pontiff's June visit to Austria. Presidential spokesman Gerold Christian said there have never been any plans for Waldheim to accompany the pontiff on a visit to the Mauthausen concentration camp near Linz. However, he said that the Pope and Waldheim "will certainly be (in) private conversation here in the presidential office."
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