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October 1, 1999 | RICHARD BOUDREAUX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With bows to both modern technology and divine inspiration, Pope John Paul II on Thursday blessed a $5-million face lift of St. Peter's Basilica that has produced surprise and controversy on the eve of the Roman Catholic Church's millennium celebration. Hidden by layers of grayish grime, St. Peter's Baroque travertine facade, built in the 17th century, was long thought to be monochrome.
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WORLD
December 25, 2009 | By Tracy Wilkinson
Pope Benedict XVI tumbled to the marble floor of St. Peter's Basilica on Thursday night after a woman tackled him on his way to preside over Christmas Eve Mass. Benedict lost his gold-trimmed miter and staff when the woman grabbed the front of his robe and pulled him to the floor. He was not harmed, quickly recovered and was able to go ahead with the Mass. Spectators and the pope's security personnel, however, were startled, with gasps audible as black-suited guards shoved aside acolytes to reach the fallen pontiff.
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NEWS
April 12, 1998 | From Times Wire Services
Carrying a candle through the darkness, Pope John Paul II led a procession in St. Peter's Basilica as part of an Easter vigil Saturday evening. Thousands of worshipers lighted their own candles, and the packed church slowly filled with sparkling flames as the words lumen Christi, light of Christ, were intoned. Cardinals, bishops and priests walked in a long line behind the pope, who was dressed in gold-trimmed white vestments. When he reached the altar, a deacon chanted the proclamation of Easter.
WORLD
December 26, 2008 | Times Wire Reports
Pope Benedict XVI urged a world confronting financial crisis, conflict and increasing poverty not to lose hope at Christmas, but to join in "authentic solidarity" to prevent global ruin. Speaking from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica to tens of thousands of pilgrims, tourists and Romans in the square below, the pope issued a "proclamation of hope" that he said was "meant for all men and women." As the global economy continues to spiral downward, Benedict said, even affluent countries are apprehensive about the future.
WORLD
March 23, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Italy's most prominent Muslim commentator, a journalist with iconoclastic views such as support for Israel, converted to Roman Catholicism with the pope baptizing him at an Easter service. As a choir sang, Pope Benedict XVI poured holy water over Magdi Allam's head and said a brief prayer in Latin. Vatican television zoomed in on Allam, who sat in the front row of St. Peter's Basilica along with six other candidates for baptism. Allam later received his first Communion. The Egyptian-born Allam, 55, who is married to a Catholic, has infuriated some Muslims with his criticism of extremism and support for the Jewish state.
NEWS
December 22, 1999 | RICHARD BOUDREAUX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It took 20 years, but restorers this month finally finished cleaning and polishing every inch of the Vatican's Sistine Chapel--right on schedule for the Holy Year that will draw millions of Roman Catholic pilgrims here starting Christmas Eve. A few blocks away, however, the race against time is not over.
WORLD
December 26, 2008 | Times Wire Reports
Pope Benedict XVI urged a world confronting financial crisis, conflict and increasing poverty not to lose hope at Christmas, but to join in "authentic solidarity" to prevent global ruin. Speaking from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica to tens of thousands of pilgrims, tourists and Romans in the square below, the pope issued a "proclamation of hope" that he said was "meant for all men and women." As the global economy continues to spiral downward, Benedict said, even affluent countries are apprehensive about the future.
OPINION
June 14, 2003
I am a parishioner at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church. I like the church just the way it is. "Congregation Divided Over Design -- but Not the Divine" (June 7) quotes the Rev. Robert Gallagher saying it is "insulting" to suggest that the church's traditional design is what attracts worshipers. When my family moved we chose St. Charles precisely for its traditional look and feel. Walking in, one feels a connection to previous generations of worshipers in this sacred space. What no one is talking about is exactly who would pay for the remodeling.
WORLD
December 25, 2009 | By Tracy Wilkinson
Pope Benedict XVI tumbled to the marble floor of St. Peter's Basilica on Thursday night after a woman tackled him on his way to preside over Christmas Eve Mass. Benedict lost his gold-trimmed miter and staff when the woman grabbed the front of his robe and pulled him to the floor. He was not harmed, quickly recovered and was able to go ahead with the Mass. Spectators and the pope's security personnel, however, were startled, with gasps audible as black-suited guards shoved aside acolytes to reach the fallen pontiff.
WORLD
March 12, 2013 | By Times staff writers
The 115 Roman Catholic cardinals charged with selecting a new pope to lead the world's 1.2 billion Catholics cast their first votes Tuesday and continued their secret deliberations, signaling with black smoke from the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City that they were not finished. The voting will continue until a candidate receives a two-thirds majority among the cardinal electors. At that time, the selection of a new pope will be announced to the public with white smoke from the Sistine Chapel and the ringing of the bells of St. Peter's Basilica.
WORLD
March 23, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Italy's most prominent Muslim commentator, a journalist with iconoclastic views such as support for Israel, converted to Roman Catholicism with the pope baptizing him at an Easter service. As a choir sang, Pope Benedict XVI poured holy water over Magdi Allam's head and said a brief prayer in Latin. Vatican television zoomed in on Allam, who sat in the front row of St. Peter's Basilica along with six other candidates for baptism. Allam later received his first Communion. The Egyptian-born Allam, 55, who is married to a Catholic, has infuriated some Muslims with his criticism of extremism and support for the Jewish state.
OPINION
June 14, 2003
I am a parishioner at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church. I like the church just the way it is. "Congregation Divided Over Design -- but Not the Divine" (June 7) quotes the Rev. Robert Gallagher saying it is "insulting" to suggest that the church's traditional design is what attracts worshipers. When my family moved we chose St. Charles precisely for its traditional look and feel. Walking in, one feels a connection to previous generations of worshipers in this sacred space. What no one is talking about is exactly who would pay for the remodeling.
NEWS
December 22, 1999 | RICHARD BOUDREAUX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It took 20 years, but restorers this month finally finished cleaning and polishing every inch of the Vatican's Sistine Chapel--right on schedule for the Holy Year that will draw millions of Roman Catholic pilgrims here starting Christmas Eve. A few blocks away, however, the race against time is not over.
NEWS
October 1, 1999 | RICHARD BOUDREAUX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With bows to both modern technology and divine inspiration, Pope John Paul II on Thursday blessed a $5-million face lift of St. Peter's Basilica that has produced surprise and controversy on the eve of the Roman Catholic Church's millennium celebration. Hidden by layers of grayish grime, St. Peter's Baroque travertine facade, built in the 17th century, was long thought to be monochrome.
NEWS
April 12, 1998 | From Times Wire Services
Carrying a candle through the darkness, Pope John Paul II led a procession in St. Peter's Basilica as part of an Easter vigil Saturday evening. Thousands of worshipers lighted their own candles, and the packed church slowly filled with sparkling flames as the words lumen Christi, light of Christ, were intoned. Cardinals, bishops and priests walked in a long line behind the pope, who was dressed in gold-trimmed white vestments. When he reached the altar, a deacon chanted the proclamation of Easter.
WORLD
March 12, 2013 | By Henry Chu
VATICAN CITY - Black smoke rose Tuesday evening from the Sistine Chapel, signaling that the 115 cardinals gathered inside to choose a new pope failed to reach agreement after their opening few hours of deliberation. It was the prelates' first vote on a successor to Benedict XVI, who stepped down as pope late last month in an extraordinarily rare move for the head of the Roman Catholic Church. The ritualized process of choosing his replacement began Tuesday behind the closed doors of the small but famous chapel, which is covered in Michelangelo's glorious frescoes.
WORLD
February 11, 2013 | By Tom Kington
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Benedict XVI announced Monday that he will step down on Feb. 28 due to failing health, stunning the world's 1 billion Catholics by becoming the first pope in nearly 600 years to resign from the office. The German pontiff, 85, made his surprise statement to cardinals during a Vatican concistory on Monday, saying “my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry,” a reference to his duties as leader of the church.
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