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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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WORLD
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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WORLD
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)
WORLD
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.
WORLD
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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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.
BOOKS
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?
NEWS
May 18, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Pope John Paul II turned 70 today but the Vatican marked the day with little fanfare and no public birthday party. The Vatican was "overwhelmed" by messages and telephone calls pouring in from well-wishing world leaders too numerous to identify, papal spokesman Joaquin Navarro said. No public celebration was planned and Navarro said he knew of no private celebration plans.
OPINION
June 7, 1987 | Tad Szulc, Tad Szulc is on assignment in Warsaw for the National Geographic.
When John Paul II arrives here Monday for his pontifical visit to Poland, his eyes will also focus east, on Lithuania, the Ukraine and Moscow itself. The Polish Pope has long hoped for an ecumenical--and political--breakthrough in the Vatican's relations with the Soviet Union; he thinks that General Secretary Mikhail S. Gorbachev's new "openness" policies may provide the opportunity for a historic chain of events.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 1986 | RUSSELL CHANDLER, Times Religion Writer
Los Angeles Archbishop Roger M. Mahony on Wednesday released details of Pope John Paul II's two-day visit to Southern California next September--the longest stopover on his eight-day U.S. tour--which will include a 12-mile ride in a bulletproof-glass "popemobile" through four ethnic neighborhoods of Los Angeles. Mahony confirmed the Pope's visit to Los Angeles--his first to California--on Sept. 15 and 16. The pontiff will spend both nights in the rectory of St.
WORLD
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.
WORLD
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)
WORLD
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.
OPINION
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.
OPINION
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.
WORLD
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 1999 | BENJAMIN SCHWARZ, Benjamin Schwarz is a correspondent for the Atlantic Monthly magazine and a contributing editor to The Times' Book Review
Pope John Paul II's visit can't help but make the American political class squirm. For very good reasons, liberals and conservatives alike find him vexing. Conservatives applaud his aggressive championing of traditional values, but they are exasperated by his increasingly insistent rebuke of capitalism.
NEWS
April 16, 1990 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a powerful and upbeat message to cheering Easter pilgrims, Pope John Paul II on Sunday hailed the "reawakening of many democracies" that have suffered war and dictatorship waged "in the name of godless ideologies." Tens of thousands of brightly clad worshipers defied glowering skies to attend a papal Mass on the flower-dressed steps of St.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 31, 2011 | By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times
He doesn't normally do house calls. But when Dr. Vincent Fortanasce was summoned by the Vatican to tend to the pope, he was quick to agree. Fortanasce is a neurological rehabilitation specialist and an author with a long history in Arcadia, where he practices. It is the memory of half an hour in August 2000 that looms largest in the 68-year-old physician's life, however. Fortanasce was in Rome that month, volunteering for three weeks of first aid duty with the Order of Malta, a laymen's group that offers international emergency medical service.
OPINION
May 4, 2011 | Tim Rutten
On Sunday, an estimated 1.5 million people crowded into St. Peter's Square and surrounding streets to celebrate the beatification of Karol Wojtyla, who as Pope John Paul II reigned for more than a quarter of a century as pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church. Beatification is the penultimate step in the process that confers sainthood, and the church has suspended its normal rules to accelerate John Paul II's elevation to that honor. In the Catholic tradition, saints are people whose demonstration of "heroic virtue" makes them worthy of emulation and veneration throughout the universal church.
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