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August 15, 2011 |
When a small mob of gay men armed with flowers marched into the LAPD's Harbor Division station late that August night, the desk sergeant appeared startled. "We're here to get our sisters out!" said the group's ringleader, Lee Glaze, co-owner of a popular Wilmington gay bar that had been raided hours earlier. It was 1968, and Los Angeles police had arrested two of Glaze's male patrons when a plainclothes officer saw one slap the other playfully on the rear. Glaze, an unapologetically effeminate man known as "Lee the Blond Darling," was furious.
May 4, 2011 |
On Sunday, an estimated 1.5 million people crowded into St. Peter's Square and surrounding streets to celebrate the beatification of Karol Wojtyla, who as Pope John Paul II reigned for more than a quarter of a century as pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church. Beatification is the penultimate step in the process that confers sainthood, and the church has suspended its normal rules to accelerate John Paul II's elevation to that honor. In the Catholic tradition, saints are people whose demonstration of "heroic virtue" makes them worthy of emulation and veneration throughout the universal church.
May 2, 2011 |
To the vast assembled faithful, it was a statement of the obvious: Pope John Paul II is now one of the "blessed. " But that didn't stop the crowds from weeping and clapping in an outpouring of emotion Sunday when the late pontiff's successor, Benedict XVI, made the description official during a ceremony in St. Peter's Square. As a giant portrait of John Paul was unveiled above him, Benedict declared the Polish-born pope beatified, worthy of veneration and one step away from full sainthood.
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.
January 19, 2011 |
The Roman Catholic Church has either a very good or a very bad sense of humor. The Vatican has announced that the late Pope John Paul II will be beatified on May 1. Beatification, which requires church certification of a miracle by the would-be saint, is sort of a halfway house on the way to full sainthood, which takes two miracles. JP2's beatification, if it proceeds as scheduled, will have been the fastest on record ? six years, from death to finish, edging out the previous record holder, Mother Teresa, by just a few days.
January 15, 2011 |
The good news reached Maria Helena Pambo as she stood in line in St. Peter's Square to pray at the tomb of Pope John Paul II. On a gloriously sunny afternoon, Pambo, 34, heard that the former pontiff is to be officially beatified this spring, barely six years after his death ? the quickest anyone has been bestowed the honor in modern times. The Vatican announced Friday that his successor, Pope Benedict XVI, had approved the move. "It's a day of joy and happiness," said Pambo, a nun from Peru.