May 27, 2006 |
Pope Benedict XVI, visiting Krakow, encouraged prayers for the beatification of his predecessor, Pope John Paul II. Benedict has referred to John Paul as a great pope and quoted him extensively, but Poles were awaiting word on beatification. Thousands of people lined the streets as Benedict rode through Krakow, giving him a loud welcome in the city where John Paul served as archbishop before becoming pope.
May 23, 2006
EVEN SOME OF HIS MOST heartfelt admirers acknowledge that the late Pope John Paul II was slow to comprehend the magnitude of the harm caused by priests who sexually abused young people. The same cannot be said of Pope Benedict XVI after the pontiff's disciplining of a Mexican priest favored by John Paul.
May 20, 2006 |
The Vatican announced Friday that it was disciplining the Mexican founder of an influential Roman Catholic order after an investigation into decades of allegations that the now elderly priest sexually abused seminarians and boys in his care. Father Marcial Maciel appears to be the highest-ranking priest to be sanctioned in an abuse case.
March 17, 2006 |
Pope John Paul II played down his ailments and was often reluctant to receive medical treatment, according to a book by some of his closest aides, including his personal physician. The book, which hit the stands here Wednesday, also shows the Vatican knew that the late pope had symptoms of Parkinson's disease in 1991 but kept quiet about it for five years.
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.