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November 26, 2013 | By Susan Rohwer, guest blogger
This week, schoolchildren across the country will come home from elementary and preschool armed with cutout paper turkeys and stories excitedly recounted about the first Thanksgiving, all those years ago in Plymouth, Mass. At school, most will learn the traditional narrative of hungry Pilgrims aided by friendly Native Americans, who shared their bounty with their less-fortunate immigrant neighbors. But while this heartwarming story may be historically accurate, what happens next to these 17th century Native Americans and their descendants is usually left out of the classroom.
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WORLD
April 27, 2014 | By Patrick J. McDonnell and Tom Kington
Pope Francis proclaimed sainthood Sunday for a pair of former pontiffs, John Paul II and John XXIII, thrilling multitudes who gathered in St. Peter's Square and elsewhere to witness the double canonization. It was the first time in the history of the Roman Catholic Church that two ex-popes were canonized in the same event. Although the focus was on the late pontiffs, the elaborate ceremony and the global attention it generated seemed likely to provide another boost for the soaring reputation of Francis.
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TRAVEL
September 25, 1994 | COLMAN ANDREWS
OFF THE ROAD; A MODERN-DAY WALK DOWN THE PILGRIM'S ROUTE INTO SPAIN by Jack Hitt (Simon & Schuster, $22 hardcover). Since the 9th Century, pilgrims--Catholic and otherwise--have trod a series of roads and pathways extending from various points in France (Paris, Vezelay, Le Puy and Arles are the traditional four) to the supposed tomb of St. James the apostle in the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela in the Spanish region of Galicia.
WORLD
April 26, 2014 | By Patrick J. McDonnell and Tom Kington
Tens of thousands of pilgrims were gathering here Saturday in heady anticipation of Sunday's dual canonization of two of the most influential popes of recent times, John Paul II and John XXIII. It will mark the first time in the long history of the Roman Catholic Church that two ex-popes are made saints on the same day. On Saturday, the Vatican confirmed another first - retired Pope Benedict XVI will assist Pope Francis during the sainthood ceremony. That means two living popes will help canonize a pair of their predecessors in a singular celebration of four pontiffs, alive and dead.
WORLD
January 21, 2014 | By Zulfiqar Ali
PESHAWAR, Pakistan - An explosion tore through a bus carrying Shiite Muslim pilgrims in western Pakistan on Tuesday, killing at least 22 people and injuring dozens. Pakistani media reports said the bus was traveling from the Iranian border through volatile Balochistan province when it was struck about 30 miles southwest of the provincial capital, Quetta. Shafqat Anwar, the assistant commissioner in Mastung district, told reporters that at least 32 people were injured. Two vehicles carrying security forces who were escorting the pilgrims' buses were also damaged in the blast, officials said.
NEWS
June 13, 1993 | Associated Press
A driver plowed into a procession of Roman Catholic pilgrims, killing four people and injuring 20, police said Saturday. The pilgrims were struck as they walked down a highway through the rain late Friday toward the medieval cloister at Andechs. Police arrested the 21-year-old driver, but charges were not immediately announced.
WORLD
July 8, 2010 | By Usama Redha and Nadeem Hamid, Los Angeles Times
Explosions targeting pilgrims at a Shiite religious festival have claimed dozens of lives this week. But pilgrims streaming to a Baghdad shrine Thursday made it clear that, no matter their feelings of frustration over a bleak political horizon and ongoing bloodshed, they valued the opportunity to express their faith. There were fresh attacks Thursday, killing 13 people as pilgrims continued to visit the shrine of Imam Musa Kadhim, a Shiite saint believed to have been poisoned in captivity in 799. Five bombings targeted pilgrims in Shiite areas of east Baghdad, according to police.
WORLD
August 5, 2012 | By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times
BEIRUT - Gunmen kidnapped dozens of Iranian pilgrims on a trip to strife-torn Syria on Saturday, the latest in a series of abductions that have targeted citizens of Iran, a major international ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad. The pilgrims - the number was variously reported as 47 and 48 - were kidnapped by "armed opposition groups" as they were heading from the Damascus airport to a home in the suburbs of the capital, the official Iranian news service reported. They were planning to visit a major Shiite Muslim shrine on the southern outskirts of Damascus.
WORLD
November 30, 2008 | Times Wire Reports
Hamas police set up checkpoints across Gaza to prevent pilgrims from leaving for a holy Muslim ritual in Saudi Arabia, beating some who tried to dodge barriers, witnesses said. The Islamic militants who rule Gaza were upset that the pilgrims had coordinated their journey with Hamas' rival, the Palestinian Authority. The authority, based in the West Bank, is run by the Fatah movement. Hamas seized control of Gaza from Fatah-allied forces last year, and animosity between the rivals has grown in recent months.
NEWS
August 31, 2004 | Jenna Bordelon, Special to The Times
Thanksgiving Day on the Mississippi River has everything a good holiday should: famine, floods and gunslingers. Slouched on an indent in the muck called Last Chance Landing, the three Osceola, Ark., pilgrims we meet choose to give thanks by shooting glass bottles into the dirty trough of water we call home. After 51 days spent rafting the river together, Marcus Eriksen and I are aware that, when we stop to ask for directions, our unwashed hair and multiple layers of clothing may constitute some sort of threat.
WORLD
April 18, 2014 | By Maher Abukhater
JERUSALEM - Thousands of Christian pilgrims from all over the world filled the narrow streets of the Old City of Jerusalem on Good Friday to celebrate on the site they believe Jesus was crucified and buried over 2,000 years ago. The pilgrims gathered near the fourth station on Via Dolorosa, the street down which Jesus is believed to have walked on the way to his Crucifixion. Then they followed his path through that narrow alley toward the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, where they believe Jesus was crucified and buried.
WORLD
January 21, 2014 | By Zulfiqar Ali
PESHAWAR, Pakistan - An explosion tore through a bus carrying Shiite Muslim pilgrims in western Pakistan on Tuesday, killing at least 22 people and injuring dozens. Pakistani media reports said the bus was traveling from the Iranian border through volatile Balochistan province when it was struck about 30 miles southwest of the provincial capital, Quetta. Shafqat Anwar, the assistant commissioner in Mastung district, told reporters that at least 32 people were injured. Two vehicles carrying security forces who were escorting the pilgrims' buses were also damaged in the blast, officials said.
NEWS
November 26, 2013 | By Susan Rohwer, guest blogger
This week, schoolchildren across the country will come home from elementary and preschool armed with cutout paper turkeys and stories excitedly recounted about the first Thanksgiving, all those years ago in Plymouth, Mass. At school, most will learn the traditional narrative of hungry Pilgrims aided by friendly Native Americans, who shared their bounty with their less-fortunate immigrant neighbors. But while this heartwarming story may be historically accurate, what happens next to these 17th century Native Americans and their descendants is usually left out of the classroom.
WORLD
October 8, 2013 | By Maher Abukhater
RAMALLAH, West Bank - The Palestinian Authority, which is based in the West Bank, and its archrival Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, are at loggerheads over who is to go on the annual pilgrimage to Mecca this year. The Palestinian Authority's minister of religious affairs, Mahmoud Habbash, said Tuesday that Hamas seized the passports of 70 Gaza residents slated to leave for Egypt en route to Mecca, all of whom were relatives of people killed in Israeli attacks whose pilgrimage costs were paid by the king of Saudi Arabia.
SCIENCE
September 25, 2013 | By Eryn Brown
The World Health Organization's emergency committee on the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus, or MERS-CoV, met Wednesday. After hearing updates on the spread of the virus -- which as of Sept. 20 had killed 58 of the 130 people confirmed to have contracted it, most in Saudi Arabia -- the committee decided against calling the outbreak a “Public Health Emergency of International Concern”: a situation that requires a certain level of immediate, coordinated international action.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 25, 2013 | By Joe Mozingo
A self-proclaimed biblical prophet with a flowing gray beard and the name Papa Pilgrim shows up with his wife and 14 children in a bit of Alaskan wilderness so remote and austere it has driven all other settlers away. Even the native Ahtna people never wanted to live in the narrow defile between grinding glaciers and peaks that rise 16,000 feet. The few residents of the nearby ghost town of McCarthy don't know what to make of the Pilgrim family at first, and they don't ask too many questions; whatever past drives someone to such cold isolation is a door best not to knock on. Tom Kizzia, a reporter for the Anchorage Daily News, knocked and then pried it off the hinges with his darkly intriguing new book, "Pilgrim's Wilderness: A True Story of Faith and Madness on the Alaska Frontier.
WORLD
February 2, 2010 | By Liz Sly
A female suicide bomber detonated a vest rigged with explosives among a crowd of Shiite Muslim pilgrims Monday in northeast Baghdad, killing 54 people and wounding 109, the latest in a string of attacks that have unnerved the city as pivotal elections loom next month. The bomber hid the explosives under her voluminous black abaya , or cloak, and detonated them among pilgrims gathered at a hospitality tent in the neighborhood of Bab al Shams. The dead included five women employed to search female pilgrims for bombs, police said.
NEWS
April 17, 1987 | DAN FISHER, Times Staff Writer
It is a scene that has been repeated each Friday afternoon for centuries in Jerusalem's walled Old City. Christian pilgrims by the score struggle to stay together as they elbow their way through crowds of shoppers in the narrow stone streets. Some of them carry symbolic wooden crosses, but these days more of them carry cameras as they follow the "Via Dolorosa"--"The Way of the Cross."
OPINION
July 7, 2013 | By Lawrence M. Krauss
No testimony is sufficient to establish a miracle, unless the testimony be of such a kind that its falsehood would be more miraculous than the fact which it endeavors to establish . - David Hume Last week the Vatican announced that a meeting of cardinals and bishops had ruled that the late Pope John Paul II was responsible for a second miracle, and thus the way was cleared for sainthood. The Congregation for the Causes of Saints decided he had cured a woman from Costa Rica in 2011 after a panel of doctors apparently ruled that her recovery was otherwise inexplicable.
WORLD
March 17, 2013 | By Henry Chu, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
VATICAN CITY -- Tens of thousands of pilgrims Sunday greeted Pope Francis on his first scheduled appearance before the general public, shouting their acclaim in St. Peter's Square as the pope gave the first Angelus blessing of his pontificate. Appearing at the window of the papal study on the top floor of the Apostolic Palace, the pope immediately drew delighted laughs from the crowds by greeting them informally: "Brothers and sisters, good day. " "Good day!" the crowd shouted back.
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