January 21, 2006 |
Mehmet Ali Agca, the man who shot Pope John Paul II in 1981, was detained by authorities Friday after an appeals court overturned a decision to free Turkey's most notorious criminal. An hour and half after the ruling, police handcuffed Agca at an apartment block in Istanbul's lower middle class Kartal neighborhood, close to the jail from which he had been released Jan. 12. Istanbul Gov. Muammer Guler said Agca did not put up a fight. He did, however, repeat assertions that he was the messiah.
January 13, 2006 |
Turkey's justice minister ordered a review of the release of Mehmet Ali Agca, the man who shot Pope John Paul II nearly 25 years ago. Agca, now 48, served nearly 20 years in prison in Italy, then was extradited to Turkey, where he was serving time for the murder of a Turkish journalist. Justice Minister Cemil Cicek ordered a review to see whether any errors were committed in the release.
January 12, 2006 |
The Turkish gunman who shot Pope John Paul II in 1981 was freed from prison today after serving more than 25 years in Italy and Turkey for the plot against the pontiff and the slaying of a Turkish journalist. Dozens of police officers stood guard as Mehmet Ali Agca left Kartal prison. John Paul personally forgave him 2 1/2 years after the attack.
December 25, 2005
PERHAPS Todd Boyd's article, "Truths Blurred by a Free-Fall of Tears" [Dec. 18], should have been titled: "Truths Blurred by USC Endowed Chair's Cynicism." The challenge of finding the truth he sullenly laments is obscured by his preconceived ideas of what he wants the reality to be. The "culture of life" argument weaves its way through each story about which he writes. With just a small amount of research, Boyd would have realized the "culture of life" argument espoused by Pope John Paul II shows to be consistently pro-life, anti-death penalty, against waging war in Iraq, and committed to personal responsibility.
December 3, 2005 |
Apparently, TV viewers aren't so interested in the life of the late Pope John Paul II. But Oprah's feud with Dave? Sign 'em up. ABC found no salvation Thursday with "Have No Fear: The Life of Pope John Paul II," a two-hour biopic that bombed, attracting an average of only 6.7 million viewers, according to early data from Nielsen Media Research. The movie was trounced by the usual lineups from CBS and NBC, including a repeat of CBS' "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (23 million).
December 1, 2005 |
IT is no miracle that two TV movies about the late Pope John Paul II -- and not even the first, Hallmark Channel having imported an Italian-Polish co-production called "A Man Who Became Pope" in August -- will appear in the next four days. It is merely a sign of the obviousness of television programming. ABC bats tonight, with "Have No Fear: The Life of Pope John Paul II"; on Sunday, CBS unveils "Pope John Paul II," a two-part "mini-series event" that concludes Wednesday.
November 18, 2005 |
Pope Benedict XVI attended a Vatican screening Thursday of a television miniseries on the life of Pope John Paul II. Benedict said "Pope John Paul II," which CBS will broadcast Dec. 4 and 7, provided an important service in spreading the message about the life and works of the late pope.
November 3, 2005 |
ABC has moved to beat CBS to the punch in presenting a dramatization of the life of Pope John Paul II, who died in April. CBS announced weeks ago that it would unveil the two-part TV movie "Pope John Paul II" on Dec. 4 and 7, with Cary Elwes and Jon Voight playing the former Karol Wojtyla of Poland at different stages of his life. Then ABC came along Wednesday and said it had selected Dec. 1 to show "Have No Fear: The Life of Pope John Paul II," with Thomas Kretschmann in the title role.
August 2, 2005 |
The late Pope John Paul II will be remembered Thursday at a special concert outside the papal residence in Castel Gandolfo, Italy, where he spent most of his summers as pontiff, organizers said. "The Mass of the Humble," composed by Antonio Pappalardo, will take place in the Piazza della Liberta in this small lakeside town in the Alban Hills about 16 miles south of Rome. John Paul spent many summers at the papal residence.
July 20, 2005 |
It may not outdo "The Da Vinci Code" for sheer thrills, but CBS' programming chief says the network's miniseries about Pope John Paul II promises to be "a papal page-turner." Speaking Tuesday at the semiannual Television Critics Assn. press tour in Beverly Hills, CBS entertainment President Nina Tassler told reporters she had just finished reading the script for the first of two planned episodes dramatizing the life of the Polish-born pontiff, who died in April at age 84.