May 12, 1990 |
The religious highlight of the opening day of Pope John Paul II's current visit to Mexico was a ceremony confirming centuries of reverence for Juan Diego, a 16th-Century Indian peasant, as Mary's messenger. Juan Diego and four other Mexican Catholics were beatified Sunday at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe on the outskirts of Mexico City.
December 15, 1989 |
Urging Catholics to distinguish between spiritual form and substance, the Vatican warned Thursday against substituting Eastern methods of meditation such as Zen and yoga for Christian prayer. In a 7,000-word letter to bishops approved by Pope John Paul II, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith made a firm distinction between meditation as physical or psychic therapy, and spiritual enrichment.
January 22, 2001 |
Seizing one of his last chances to shape the body that will pick his successor, Pope John Paul II on Sunday named 37 new cardinals--an unusually high number--including three from the United States and one from the former Soviet Union. The new "princes of the church" will expand the College of Cardinals, the elite body that advises popes, to an all-time high of 178 members.
May 22, 1995 |
Pope John Paul II peered across a horizon of mud and umbrellas Sunday with his gaze fixed on the bloody religious history of Eastern Europe. Beyond the chilled crowd of pilgrims, the Pope pictured Roman Catholic and Protestant armies hurtling through mangled crops and devastated villages, killing for about two centuries in the name of God. Then, speaking with the full authority of his station, the Pope solemnly proposed an overdue peace treaty between discordant Christians.
May 8, 2000 |
In a poignant appeal for unity among Christians, Pope John Paul II held a candlelight commemoration Sunday night for thousands of 20th century martyrs of many Christian churches and declared that their suffering "speaks more powerfully than all the causes of division" among Jesus' followers. Clergy from 18 Orthodox Christian and Protestant churches helped conduct the liturgical service, the most broadly representative ecumenical event ever staged by the Vatican.
May 9, 1988 |
Pope John Paul II visited Uruguay's impoverished gaucho country Sunday and voiced strong support for labor unions, but he warned against ideologies claiming to have all the answers to workers' problems. The Pope told a crowd of about 50,000 that he feels close "in word and heart" to those involved in union activities--an apparent reference to the current labor unrest in his native Poland.
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August 1, 1987 |
A company contributing hundreds of vestments for next month's papal Mass at Dodger Stadium is making a public appeal for strips of imported fabric, to be sewn onto the garments. The aim is not to make the liturgical garb elegant but, rather, to signify the motif of the Sept. 16 event, according to Martinez & Murphey Vestmentmakers in Los Angeles. Pope John Paul II and about 300 of the nation's Roman Catholic bishops are to celebrate the varied ethnic and national origins of U.S. Catholics.
February 21, 2001 |
Roman Catholic cardinals fly a lot these days and land in the unlikeliest places. Take Cardinal Dionigi Tettamanzi, archbishop of Genoa, Italy. He strayed from his territory last month to promote ecumenical dialogue between Catholics and Orthodox Christians in newly democratic Serbia.
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January 3, 1998 |
Pope John Paul II has awarded papal knighthood to comedian Bob Hope, news magnate Rupert Murdoch and entertainment executive Roy Disney--all non-Catholics--along with 64 prominent Los Angeles-area Catholics. Among the Catholics named were actor Ricardo Montalban, longtime Los Angeles City Councilman John Ferraro and hotel executive Barron Hilton. Cardinal Roger M. Mahony will induct the men and women into the Pontifical Order of St. Gregory the Great in a ceremony Jan. 11 at St.
September 2, 1996 |
Pope John Paul II lashed out at the Parliament in his native Poland for moves to liberalize abortion laws. "A nation that kills its own children is a nation without hope," the pontiff said in Polish following his weekly address, delivered at his Castel Gandolfo summer residence southeast of Rome. The powerful lower house of Poland's Parliament passed a resolution Friday to allow women with personal or financial difficulties to terminate their pregnancies during the first 12 weeks.