May 1, 2011 |
Before hundreds of thousands of the Roman Catholic faithful, the late Pope John Paul II was beatified Sunday in a ceremony that declared him "blessed" and put the Polish pontiff one step closer to sainthood. A packed St. Peter's Square erupted in applause when the current pope, Benedict XVI, recited the words that elevated his predecessor, whose massive portrait was then unveiled over the doorway of the basilica. A choir broke into a chorus of "Amens" as some in the crowd wept.
March 27, 2011 |
"You need to create blur to create desire," Jean-Charles de Castelbajac says in English, at a swanky restaurant in the center of Paris. The manager teases him about a TV appearance as he walks in and shakes hands with a famous French actor. Later, leaning in off his seat, the 61-year-old fashion designer and artist of noble birth excitedly talks about projects and the changing fashion business. "You like to see a man you understand in one minute? If you want to be seduced you don't like some blur?
January 21, 2011
Dinner guest Re "Hu drives straight for the heartland," Jan. 19, and "Hu treated to American feast," Jan. 20 Is it just me, or is there something decidedly unseemly about President Obama ? a Nobel Peace Prize winner ? hosting a state dinner (at taxpayer expense, of course) for the president of China, who jailed his country's Nobel Peace Prize winner and strong-armed lesser countries to go along with this travesty or else? I've been unemployed for seven months and am anxious for the production of jobs, but not at the hands of a leader who acts like a tyrant.
June 21, 2010 |
A pope, let's face it, has certain built-in limitations as a main character in a musical (see: Celibacy, rule of). If for only that reason, Andrew Lloyd Webber probably has little to fear from the latest musical to open in Rome: a three-hour marathon about the life of the late John Paul II. But "Non Abbiate Paura" ("Be Not Afraid"), which recently had a two-night run before a longer return in the fall, does offer a passion and reverence for its subject that the opening night audience clearly appreciated.
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March 2, 2010 |
Gene Greytak, whose resemblance to Pope John Paul II turned the retired real estate broker into a papal impersonator with appearances in movies and television, has died. He was 84. Greytak died Sunday at his home in North Tustin of cancer, said his wife of 62 years, Dorothy. He was a lifelong Catholic who at first was reluctant to become a celebrity impersonator despite the obvious physical similarities and the encouragement of family and friends. "It took me about five years to get up enough courage," he told the Orange County Register in 1987.
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September 15, 2006
Sept. 15, 1987: Hundreds of thousands of people filled Los Angeles streets to greet Pope John Paul II on his 10-day U.S. tour. "Their progress marked by the rippling flights of yellow and white balloons, the Popemobile and its beaming, white-robed passenger sailed through seven miles of Los Angeles' streets ... flanked all the way -- through high-tech and low-income vistas -- by singing, cheering thousands of faithful," The Times said. "From his arrival, when drivers ...