April 2, 2007 |
Soon after he died two years ago, Pope John Paul II was practically declared a saint by vox populi. Banners demanding "Santo Subito!" (Sainthood Now!) crowned the crowds of people who filled St. Peter's Square to mourn the pontiff. Today, on the second anniversary of his death, John Paul will take a significant step closer to sainthood.
April 3, 2006 |
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.
March 3, 2006 |
It has persisted as one of the most mysterious cases of international intrigue in recent times: Who shot the pope? A committee of Italy's Parliament investigating the 1981 attempt to assassinate John Paul II released its conclusion Thursday that "beyond any reasonable doubt" the Soviet Union ordered the attack that seriously wounded the pope as he greeted crowds in St. Peter's Square. The Turkish gunman, Mehmet Ali Agca, was long ago condemned in the shooting and served 19 years in jail.
January 9, 2006 |
The man who shot Pope John Paul II in 1981 will be released from prison this week after a court decided he had completed his sentence for the attack on the pontiff and other crimes. The ruling on Mehmet Ali Agca, who had served almost 20 years in Italy before being extradited to Turkey in 2000, took the Vatican by surprise. Agca shot the pope in the abdomen in St. Peter's Square in Rome on May 13, 1981. His motive remains unclear.
November 18, 2005 |
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.
November 3, 2005 |
ABC has moved to beat CBS to the punch in presenting a dramatization of the life of Pope John Paul II, who died in April. CBS announced weeks ago that it would unveil the two-part TV movie "Pope John Paul II" on Dec. 4 and 7, with Cary Elwes and Jon Voight playing the former Karol Wojtyla of Poland at different stages of his life. Then ABC came along Wednesday and said it had selected Dec. 1 to show "Have No Fear: The Life of Pope John Paul II," with Thomas Kretschmann in the title role.