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April 6, 2005 | From Associated Press
Cuban President Fidel Castro praised Pope John Paul II for his support of world peace and defense of the poor, and then joined other Communist leaders, diplomats and church officials for a funeral Mass in the pontiff's honor. "Rest in peace, tireless fighter for friendship among peoples, enemy of war and friend of the poor," Castro wrote Monday afternoon in the condolences book at the Papal Nunciature, the Vatican's mission in Havana.
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April 27, 2014 | By Patrick J. McDonnell and Tom Kington
Reporting From Vatican City -- Pope Francis proclaimed sainthood Sunday for two former pontiffs, John Paul II and John XXIII, marking  the first time in the  church's long history that two ex-popes have been canonized at the same time. Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims and visitors crammed into St. Peter's Square and nearby streets for the solemn ceremony, which was followed by a Mass celebrated by Pope Francis. Adding to the uniqueness of the event was the presence of a former pope, Benedict XVI, Francis' predecessor, who stepped down last year in a rare example of a pope retiring.
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November 18, 2005 | From Associated Press
Pope Benedict XVI attended a Vatican screening Thursday of a television miniseries on the life of Pope John Paul II. Benedict said "Pope John Paul II," which CBS will broadcast Dec. 4 and 7, provided an important service in spreading the message about the life and works of the late pope.
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April 27, 2014 | By Tom Kington
Everything about Pope John Paul II was larger than life: his constant globetrotting, his naming of 483 saints -- more than all his predecessors combined -- and his 27 years in office, making him one of the longest serving pontiffs. The Polish pope even set records at his funeral in 2005, which was estimated to be the largest gathering of heads of state and government in history. But Karol Wojtyla also won over Catholics with a distinctly self-effacing charm, famously asking the crowd on the night of his election in 1978 to correct him if he stumbled in his Italian.
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May 26, 2006 | Tracy Wilkinson, Times Staff Writer
Pope Benedict XVI on Thursday began a four-day pilgrimage to the Polish homeland of his predecessor, honoring the legacy of the late Pope John Paul II while praising this overwhelmingly Roman Catholic country as a model of faith. Thousands of Poles, curious to see a pope who wasn't Polish, lined many miles of roadway along the German-born Benedict's route into Warsaw. They cheered his motorcade and waved banners with his picture and the slogan of the visit: Stand firm in your faith.
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May 27, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Pope Benedict XVI, visiting Krakow, encouraged prayers for the beatification of his predecessor, Pope John Paul II. Benedict has referred to John Paul as a great pope and quoted him extensively, but Poles were awaiting word on beatification. Thousands of people lined the streets as Benedict rode through Krakow, giving him a loud welcome in the city where John Paul served as archbishop before becoming pope.
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April 3, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Tens of thousands of people clutching candles filled St. Peter's Square to mark the first anniversary of Pope John Paul II's death with a prayer vigil that culminated with a blessing by the current pontiff. Polish flags fluttered in the cool evening breeze, the candles twinkled, and a choir sang hymns during the vigil, which ended with the blessing by Benedict XVI at 9:37 p.m. -- the moment that John Paul, a Pole, died a year ago.
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August 2, 2005 | From Associated Press
The late Pope John Paul II will be remembered Thursday at a special concert outside the papal residence in Castel Gandolfo, Italy, where he spent most of his summers as pontiff, organizers said. "The Mass of the Humble," composed by Antonio Pappalardo, will take place in the Piazza della Liberta in this small lakeside town in the Alban Hills about 16 miles south of Rome. John Paul spent many summers at the papal residence.
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May 26, 2002 | DAVID HOLLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Pope John Paul II was given a warm welcome by Orthodox Christian monks and Bulgaria's prime minister at this nation's greatest monastery Saturday, as he pushed forward an effort to ease centuries of tension between the Orthodox and Roman Catholic faiths. "Eastern monasticism ...
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November 27, 1988 | From the Washington Post
Libya's unofficial second in command, trying to help his country break out of isolation, Saturday met with Pope John Paul II, who said he includes Col. Moammar Kadafi in his daily prayers. "Every day, I pray for Libya, specifically for President Kadafi," said the pontiff, standing beside Maj. Abdel-Salam Jalloud after they emerged from their 30-minute private meeting. "I bless the Libyan people," John Paul added as he left.
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April 27, 2014 | By Patrick J. McDonnell and Tom Kington
Pope Francis proclaimed sainthood Sunday for a pair of former pontiffs, John Paul II and John XXIII, thrilling multitudes who gathered in St. Peter's Square and elsewhere to witness the double canonization. It was the first time in the history of the Roman Catholic Church that two ex-popes were canonized in the same event. Although the focus was on the late pontiffs, the elaborate ceremony and the global attention it generated seemed likely to provide another boost for the soaring reputation of Francis.
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April 26, 2014 | By Alexandra Zavis
As many as 1 million pilgrims and other visitors are expected at the Vatican on Sunday for the canonization of two of the most influential popes of the 20th Century, John Paul II and John XXIII. Pope Francis will be assisted during the sainthood ceremony by retired Pope Benedict XVI, the first time two living pontiffs will help canonize a pair of their predecessors. Giant screens have been erected in piazzas throughout the city for those unable to get into St. Peter's Square for the Mass, which is expected to begin at 10 a.m. local time (1 a.m. PST)
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April 26, 2014 | By Patrick McDonnell and Tom Kington
One helped revolutionize the church, becoming an enduring icon among progressive Roman Catholics who view religion as a vehicle for justice and peace. The other figured in a societal revolution outside the church, earning the adulation of conservatives by battling communism and contributing to the downfall of the Soviet Union. On Sunday, Pope Francis will canonize two pontiffs - John XXIII and John Paul II - in a ceremony here, marking the first time that two popes were made saints at the same time.
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August 6, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
After the Civil Wars broke out with their 2011 debut, Joy Williams and John Paul White repeatedly insisted that the lovelorn lyrics on "Barton Hollow" weren't about them. Each was happily married to another person, they said; the intense romantic bond they conjured onstage was strictly an artistic creation, one that led to more than a half-million album sales, two Grammy Awards and superstar fans such as Adele and Taylor Swift, who recruited the folk-rock duo for a hit collaboration on the "Hunger Games" soundtrack.
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July 13, 2013 | By Abraham Cooper and Yitzchok Adlerstein
As millions of Roman Catholics rejoice in the news that two popes are being fast-tracked to sainthood, many Jews are smiling with them. Pope Francis has approved John XXIII and John Paul II for the church's supreme honor in a process that quick-stepped protocol. Jews, on the other hand, will remember both of these men for taking steps that were a millennium in the making. Over the centuries, Catholic Church-inspired anti-Semitism spawned the demonizing and murder of countless Jews.
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July 7, 2013 | By Lawrence M. Krauss
No testimony is sufficient to establish a miracle, unless the testimony be of such a kind that its falsehood would be more miraculous than the fact which it endeavors to establish . - David Hume Last week the Vatican announced that a meeting of cardinals and bishops had ruled that the late Pope John Paul II was responsible for a second miracle, and thus the way was cleared for sainthood. The Congregation for the Causes of Saints decided he had cured a woman from Costa Rica in 2011 after a panel of doctors apparently ruled that her recovery was otherwise inexplicable.
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September 22, 1996 | From Times Wire Services
In a country bitterly torn over how to treat immigrants, Pope John Paul II on Saturday challenged rich nations such as France to embrace the downtrodden. "A society is judged on how it treats those afflicted by life and the attitude adopted toward them," John Paul said in a basilica dedicated to St. Martin, the 4th century soldier-saint celebrated for giving half of his cloak to a freezing beggar.
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June 19, 1988 | THOMAS CAHILL, Cahill has served for 12 years as publisher/editor of the Cahill Reader's Catalogue and is author of the new "Looking for Books" (Ampersand Associates). and
It was quite a year, 1968: assassinations, student uprisings, turmoil everywhere, the air itself pregnant with portents. Whatever was going to happen, surely nothing would ever be the same again. What, then, became of the young of '68? Why did the fury and mire of their demands--which, it seemed, might topple society's very foundations--recede like a wave of the sea, vanishing as if it had never been?
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July 5, 2013 | By Henry Chu, This post has been updated. See the notes below for details.
LONDON -- Pope Francis issued the first encyclical of his papacy Friday, a reflection on faith meant to illuminate the mind of God but also revealing someone else's: Benedict XVI's. The document -- the highest form of papal teaching -- was signed only by Francis, but he acknowledged that it was based on an initial draft written by his retired predecessor, supplemented with “a few contributions of my own.” The encyclical calls on Roman Catholics not just to believe in Christ but to manifest God's “supernatural” gift of faith in church and society.
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March 13, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
The papacy now has another septuagenarian. Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 76, an Argentine, was selected Wednesday to head the Roman Catholic Church, an opening that arose when his predecessor, 85-year-old Pope Benedict XVI, stepped down from the demanding post, citing frailty. Benedict's move was a aberrant one, historically speaking. No pope had stepped down from the lifelong position in almost 600 years . FULL COVERAGE: Election of a pope Benedict was elected in 2005 at the age of 78 to succeed Pope John Paul II, which was seen as a move that continued the conservative bent of John Paul's reign.
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