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.
April 7, 2005 |
Pope John Paul II will take a secret to the grave when he is buried Friday: the identity of the last cardinal he named. The mystery stems from the rare papal practice of naming cardinals in pectore, or in his heart. Popes have usually done this to honor a prelate's service in a country where the Roman Catholic Church is persecuted without further straining the Holy See's relations with that nation or exposing the prelate to harassment.
December 21, 2001 |
Pope John Paul II opened the way Thursday for the canonization of 16th century shepherd Juan Diego as Mexico's first indigenous saint, despite a recent controversy in which a prominent clergyman challenged that he ever existed. Juan Diego's vision of the Virgin of Guadalupe in 1531 on a hillside in what is now Mexico City led to the construction of the nation's most important shrine, the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and helped make the virgin this country's most beloved religious figure.
January 2, 1987 |
Pope John Paul II celebrated the Roman Catholic Church's World Day of Peace on Thursday and proclaimed a special year honoring the Virgin Mary to be observed by Catholics all over the world. The pontiff, leading prayers for suffering people worldwide, also appealed to kidnapers to free their victims and allow the captives to return to their families. John Paul, dressed in glittering gold vestments, celebrated a solemn high Mass in St.
October 25, 1996 |
Pope John Paul II, who four years ago acknowledged that the 17th century scientist Galileo was right in saying the Earth orbits the sun, said this week that Charles Darwin's theory of evolution is "more than a hypothesis." While endorsing evolution at a meeting in Rome of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, the pope said believers must continue to acknowledge God as the creator of all things, and to understand that humans have a soul in addition to a physical side.
May 28, 1994 |
Having battled his doctors to an amicable draw, Pope John Paul II left the hospital Friday to return to the Vatican and a dramatically changed papacy. The 74-year-old Pope, who will be forced to modify his hectic lifestyle, left Rome's Gemelli Hospital four weeks after surgery to repair a thighbone broken in a bathroom fall at his Vatican apartment. He walked without a cane the few steps from the hospital doorway to a waiting limousine.
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.