November 6, 1994 |
The Mafia dumped a lamb with its throat slit on the doorstep of a prison chaplain Saturday in a macabre, sneering challenge to visiting Pope John Paul II and the moral authority of the Roman Catholic Church in mob-racked Sicily. "You'll end up the same way," read a note left with the lamb at anti-Mafia priest Gino Sacchetti's home in Termini Imerese on the road between Catania and Palermo, the Sicilian capital.
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December 9, 2000 |
Tempering a controversial Vatican declaration on salvation, Pope John Paul II said this week that all who live a just life will be saved, even if they do not believe in Jesus Christ and the Roman Catholic Church. The pontiff, addressing 30,000 pilgrims in St. Peter's Square on Wednesday, strongly reasserted the Second Vatican Council's liberal interpretation of the Bible's teaching on salvation.
September 20, 1987 |
Pope John Paul II ended an emotional and exhausting 6,000-mile, 10-day U.S. visit Saturday with a pointed call for Americans to ban abortion to guarantee "respect for life." Speaking to Vice President George Bush and a farewell crowd amid tight security at Detroit Metropolitan Airport, the pontiff recited what amounted to a love letter to "a dynamic nation, a warm and welcoming people . . . America the beautiful."
April 9, 2005 |
On Friday, the pallbearer's heart was heavy. But his back and his faith were strong. As he pulled on the white gloves, adjusted the long-tailed formal jacket and draped the ceremonial medallion around his neck, he felt himself in the powerful grip of history and ritual. Like his father and his grandfather before him, the pallbearer belongs to the sediari pontifici: the pope's footmen.
April 11, 2005 |
Ultranationalist parliamentarian Alexei Mitrofanov created a stir last week by advocating restrictions on Russian media coverage of Pope John Paul II's death and funeral. The initiative won the backing of 98 deputies in the 450-seat lower house of parliament -- far short of the needed votes, but a sign of how relations between the Roman Catholic and Russian Orthodox churches are still troubled despite the late pontiff's deep desire for reconciliation.
April 19, 1999 |
Pope John Paul II created three more Roman Catholic saints, bringing to 283 the number of people he has canonized in his two-decade reign. At a ceremony in St. Peter's Square, the pope canonized Father Giovanni Calabria, an Italian priest who founded religious orders to help the poor before he died in 1954. The pope also canonized Marcellin Champagnat, a Frenchman who founded the Marist order of priests and died in 1840.
January 9, 1999 |
Pope John Paul II, an ardent foe of communism, welcomed former Communist leader Massimo D'Alema--Italy's new prime minister and an admitted nonbeliever--during a pomp-filled visit Friday. "It was an emotional moment for me," said D'Alema, adding that John Paul put him at ease.
January 16, 1995 |
Pope John Paul II, climaxing his church's World Youth Day and his own return as a world traveler, seemed as much awed as awe-inspiring Sunday as he savored the largest crowd he has ever greeted. "He is delighted. It is his first trip in such a long time, and he has found this kind of reception. This has clearly been a boost for him," Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro said of the millions who gathered for a Mass in Asia's only predominantly Catholic capital.
February 26, 2005 |
Pope John Paul II was able to breathe on his own Friday after emergency throat surgery, but he was under doctors' orders not to speak for several days, the Vatican said. Putting a positive spin on the frail pope's second medical crisis in less than a month, Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls said John Paul did not have pneumonia, was free of fever and had spent a tranquil night after his 30-minute tracheostomy Thursday evening.
July 24, 1998 |
Moving to limit the power of national bishops conferences to speak out on doctrinal issues, Pope John Paul II declared Thursday that, unless their pronouncements are approved by a unanimous vote or have his approval, Catholics are not obliged to follow them.