February 25, 2005 |
A tracheostomy like that undergone by Pope John Paul II on Thursday is a relatively common procedure among the elderly who are sick and having difficulty breathing, experts said Thursday, and it can be even more beneficial to Parkinson's disease patients, such as the pontiff, whose breathing is already impaired. "The immediate benefit is that it reduces the amount of air you have to move [with your lungs] with every breath by 50%," said Dr.
February 23, 2005 |
Felled by a would-be assassin's bullet, the leader of the Roman Catholic Church lay close to death as he was rushed to a hospital. Floating near unconsciousness, Pope John Paul II forgave his attacker, yet somehow remained confident that he would live. "Oh, my God! It was a difficult experience," the pope recalled. Finally passing out in the hospital as doctors frantically gave him blood, he nearly died: "I was practically on the other side," John Paul said.
April 18, 1995 |
Of the more than 1,500 daily newspapers in the United States today, fewer than 70 have a full-time religion reporter. Among the television networks, only ABC has a full-time religion reporter. Clearly, religion is not a high priority for the American media. But one religion gets substantially more than its share of this small pie--coverage "out of proportion" to its numbers, says a man who should know, Father Kenneth Doyle, former press secretary to the United States Catholic Bishops Conference.
October 14, 2003 |
Cancer is cured. Bleeding is stopped. Third-degree burns vanish overnight. These and many, many more examples are on record as authenticated miracles that are the essential -- and most unusual -- step in the naming of a saint by the pope, leader of the world's Roman Catholic Church. John Paul II, who on Thursday marks 25 years as pontiff, has set the record for canonizing saints and beatifying potential saints.
June 12, 1993 |
John Paul II, the Pope who never stops, goes back on the road again today, this time to nearby Spain for a firsthand view of a typically European struggle between old-time Catholicism and new-found secular freedoms. For the 73-year-old pontiff, the trip, his fourth to Spain and his 59th abroad since 1978, is a milestone of sorts. It is just a year since John Paul, a pain in his belly, grimly endured an exhausting week's visit to Angola. In July, he had an intestinal tumor removed.
June 27, 2000 |
One of Roman Catholicism's most tantalizing secrets came to an anticlimactic end Monday as the Vatican unveiled a 62-line handwritten account by Lucia de Jesus dos Santos of what she saw as a 10-year-old shepherd in a pasture near Fatima, Portugal, on July 13, 1917. The text describes a radiant Virgin Mary, a flaming sword and a "Bishop dressed in White," presumed to be a pope, who leads a sad procession of priests and nuns up a mountain through a half-ruined city strewn with corpses.