November 8, 1999 |
As Pope John Paul II sat down here Sunday to exchange views with leaders of 10 other religions, Indian security guards stopped a blue-turbaned Sikh trying to enter the assembly hall with a 4-foot sword. The armed man, it turned out, was Bhai Manjit Singh Sahib, a Sikh guru. His chair, three places to the left of the pope, remained vacant for 30 minutes before he could persuade organizers that the ornate silver saber was a symbol of his religious authority, not a security threat.
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June 2, 2001 |
A two-year inquiry into the miracles needed to declare Mother Teresa a saint will be completed by Aug. 15, Calcutta's Roman Catholic Archbishop Henry D'Souza announced. The Vatican normally spends two or three years examining submitted evidence, "but for Mother Teresa the Vatican may take less time," he said. Mother Teresa, hailed as a "living saint" during her decades in Calcutta's slums, died in 1997 at age 87.
February 6, 1986 |
Midway through his 10-day pilgrimage to India, Pope John Paul II met Wednesday with multitudes of Indian Christians and prayed at the shrine of Thomas the Apostle. The leader of the world's 800-million Roman Catholics, dressed in heavy ceremonial vestments despite temperatures in the 90s, appeared at times to be tiring under his demanding schedule. His first prayer in Madras was at the shrine to the martyrdom of the disciple Thomas, known as Doubting Thomas because, according to St.
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July 25, 1998 |
NEW CANTOR: Shomrei Torah Synagogue, 7353 Valley Circle Blvd., West Hills, will welcome Cantor Joel Fox to the pulpit at Friday's 8 p.m. service. A reception will follow. Fox studied at the Israel Institute of Cantorial Art in Tel Aviv, as well as at the Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem. He was the head music director at Camp Ramah in Massachusetts and comes to the synagogue from Congregation Beth El in La Jolla. Fox will officiate during the Shabbat and holiday services throughout the year.
February 11, 1986 |
Pope John Paul II ended his 10-day pilgrimage to India on Monday on the same low key on which it began, avoiding offense to the country's predominant Hindus or to its divided Roman Catholics. Here, in what has become a hotbed of Hindu fundamentalism, the weary pontiff addressed a group of seminary students and confined his remarks to a reminder of their allegiance to Rome and the importance of their spiritual duties.