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.
December 26, 1988 |
In a bittersweet Christmas greeting, Pope John Paul II urged festive worshipers at St. Peter's Square on Sunday to show solidarity with the poor and afflicted, the victims of AIDS and of the Armenian earthquake. "How beautiful is Christmas! Yet, it is filled with human misery," the white-and-gilt-robed Pope intoned from the main balcony of the soaring cathedral that is the heart of their faith for the world's 850 million Roman Catholics.
September 6, 1987 |
Pope John Paul II will bring a message of praise for what he calls the "providential" U.S. Constitution when he arrives Thursday for his second major papal journey in the United States. But he will also bring a challenge to the world's richest people to behave more responsibly, according to Vatican sources.
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July 4, 1987 |
Flight attendants from Trans World Airlines will get a chance to personally tell three Catholic bishops, including Los Angeles Archbishop Roger Mahony, why Pope John Paul II should not fly TWA when he comes to the United States. TWA officials also will have the opportunity to present their side of the dispute, the National Conference of Catholic Bishops announced this week. No date has been set for the meeting.
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.