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.
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.
September 18, 2005 |
Pope John Paul II's final words in April were "Let me go to the house of the Father," according to a new Vatican book that chronicles the last two months of his life. Nearly all the information in the volume has already been divulged in official statements or in comments by close aides, such as his private secretary, Archbishop Stanislaw Dziwisz. The volume, more than 200 pages, is a detailed reconstruction of John Paul's last days.
August 2, 2005 |
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.