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May 8, 1988 | NINO LO BELLO, Lo Bello is an American author and journalist living in Vienna
About 8 million tourists and pilgrims, swarming to Rome for the Second Marian Year that ends Aug. 15, will not overlook a chance to ogle the world's most picturesque army--the Swiss Guards. Held in fascination by the masses virtually every day (especially during big tourist months), the Swiss Guards are perhaps the world's most photographed soldiers, with nonstop cameras going clickety-click.
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February 28, 2013 | By Henry Chu
VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI has left the building. Shortly after 5 p.m. in Rome, the outgoing pontiff boarded a helicopter at the Vatican and flew to a summer retreat south of the city to spend the final hours of his papacy and the first few weeks of his retirement. The courtyard at the Vatican was lined with clapping well-wishers, church officials and the plume-hatted Swiss Guards, the pope's protectors, as Benedict left the papal apartment for the last time. On the Vatican's helipad, he raised his arms in farewell, still wearing his white papal vestments, and the chopper lifted off into blue skies.
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NEWS
May 6, 1998 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Pope John Paul II was 100 yards away in his quarters and had not yet gone to sleep when the gunshots rang out in the Vatican. In a shocking act of violence that officials here blamed Tuesday on the anger and frustrated ambitions of a disgruntled subordinate, Col. Alois Estermann, 43, newly appointed as commander of the pope's Swiss Guards, and his Venezuelan wife were slain. The alleged killer, Vice Cpl.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 31, 2011 | By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times
He doesn't normally do house calls. But when Dr. Vincent Fortanasce was summoned by the Vatican to tend to the pope, he was quick to agree. Fortanasce is a neurological rehabilitation specialist and an author with a long history in Arcadia, where he practices. It is the memory of half an hour in August 2000 that looms largest in the 68-year-old physician's life, however. Fortanasce was in Rome that month, volunteering for three weeks of first aid duty with the Order of Malta, a laymen's group that offers international emergency medical service.
NEWS
January 25, 1989 | From Times wire services
A Briton was dragged out of Pope John Paul II's general audience today after he jumped up, screamed "I am the son of God, I am Christ!" and told the Pope: "I'll take your place." Security men, papal Swiss Guards and stewards immobilized the man after he rushed to an aisle from a seat at the back of the hall and appeared to head toward the stage where the Pope was sitting.
NEWS
May 7, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
Pope John Paul II prayed before the bodies of his slain Swiss Guard commander, the commander's wife and the guardsman who shot them, saying the killer now faces "God's judgment." Later, at St. Peter's Basilica, the slain couple were commemorated at a funeral led by Cardinal Angelo Sodano, the Vatican secretary of state and the highest-ranking Roman Catholic official after the pope.
NEWS
February 27, 1985 | Associated Press
Pope John Paul II discussed world peace and the situation of Roman Catholics in the Soviet Union with Foreign Minister Andrei A. Gromyko today, Vatican officials said. Gromyko later told reporters that the possibility of a visit by John Paul to the Soviet Union was not raised. "The question was not involved (in the talks)," Gromyko said. John Paul revealed last year that Moscow had denied him permission to visit Lithuania, a Catholic stronghold in the Soviet Union.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 23, 2000
Re "Warning Flags for Davis," editorial, March 19: I didn't vote for Gov. Gray Davis, but I do defend his cautious approach to reestablishing large state entitlement and spending programs. Have you forgotten the financial disasters of the early 1990s state recession? Businesses fled the state's high workers' compensation, taxes, environmental laws and over-regulation. State university enrollments declined. The state faced billions in unexpected natural-disaster costs. And we were the welfare magnet of our nation and of the Third World.
NEWS
December 5, 1985 | Associated Press
An American nurse conducted a mock Mass in St. Peter's Basilica on Wednesday "to dramatize the plight of all women who want to become priests but cannot because of the church's discrimination." A Vatican official, speaking on condition of anonymity, called it an "act of stupidity" that "does not prove or enhance anything." Babi Burke of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., approached the Altar of the Throne of St. Peter in the rear apse with a lighted alcohol lamp and kissed the altar.
WORLD
February 28, 2013 | By Henry Chu
VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI has left the building. Shortly after 5 p.m. in Rome, the outgoing pontiff boarded a helicopter at the Vatican and flew to a summer retreat south of the city to spend the final hours of his papacy and the first few weeks of his retirement. The courtyard at the Vatican was lined with clapping well-wishers, church officials and the plume-hatted Swiss Guards, the pope's protectors, as Benedict left the papal apartment for the last time. On the Vatican's helipad, he raised his arms in farewell, still wearing his white papal vestments, and the chopper lifted off into blue skies.
OPINION
October 3, 2009 | Lionel Beehner, Lionel Beehner is a writer in New York.
Switzerland rarely makes the evening news. That is mostly because nothing much ever happens in this genteel land of bankers and bureaucrats. So why is everyone suddenly so anti-Swiss? To recap: Moammar Kadafi petitioned the United Nations to abolish Switzerland. The Libyan leader called the country "a world mafia and not a state." Leading up to this, Libya last year arrested two Swiss businessmen, cut off Swiss commercial flights to Tripoli and pulled out billions from Swiss bank accounts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 23, 2000
Re "Warning Flags for Davis," editorial, March 19: I didn't vote for Gov. Gray Davis, but I do defend his cautious approach to reestablishing large state entitlement and spending programs. Have you forgotten the financial disasters of the early 1990s state recession? Businesses fled the state's high workers' compensation, taxes, environmental laws and over-regulation. State university enrollments declined. The state faced billions in unexpected natural-disaster costs. And we were the welfare magnet of our nation and of the Third World.
NEWS
August 19, 1998 | BEVERLY BEYETTE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Only 19 months ago, Christoph Meili says, he knew no Jews. Oh, he'd seen a rabbi once or twice but had no idea that Jews are, as he now puts it, just "normal people." Not surprising that he knew no one, given that he is a Christian who'd always lived in Switzerland, a country with a population of 7 million and only 18,000 of them Jewish. Yet today, Meili is being hailed by Jewish groups worldwide as a hero.
NEWS
May 7, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
Pope John Paul II prayed before the bodies of his slain Swiss Guard commander, the commander's wife and the guardsman who shot them, saying the killer now faces "God's judgment." Later, at St. Peter's Basilica, the slain couple were commemorated at a funeral led by Cardinal Angelo Sodano, the Vatican secretary of state and the highest-ranking Roman Catholic official after the pope.
NEWS
May 6, 1998 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Pope John Paul II was 100 yards away in his quarters and had not yet gone to sleep when the gunshots rang out in the Vatican. In a shocking act of violence that officials here blamed Tuesday on the anger and frustrated ambitions of a disgruntled subordinate, Col. Alois Estermann, 43, newly appointed as commander of the pope's Swiss Guards, and his Venezuelan wife were slain. The alleged killer, Vice Cpl.
NEWS
May 5, 1998 | From Times Wire Services
The new head of the papal Swiss Guards, who shielded Pope John Paul II during a 1981 assassination attempt, was found shot dead Monday with his wife and another guard, the Vatican said. The triple killings were the first violent deaths at the Vatican in 150 years and occurred only 10 hours after the pope had appointed Alois Estermann, 43, captain commandant of the Swiss Guards.
OPINION
October 3, 2009 | Lionel Beehner, Lionel Beehner is a writer in New York.
Switzerland rarely makes the evening news. That is mostly because nothing much ever happens in this genteel land of bankers and bureaucrats. So why is everyone suddenly so anti-Swiss? To recap: Moammar Kadafi petitioned the United Nations to abolish Switzerland. The Libyan leader called the country "a world mafia and not a state." Leading up to this, Libya last year arrested two Swiss businessmen, cut off Swiss commercial flights to Tripoli and pulled out billions from Swiss bank accounts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 31, 2011 | By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times
He doesn't normally do house calls. But when Dr. Vincent Fortanasce was summoned by the Vatican to tend to the pope, he was quick to agree. Fortanasce is a neurological rehabilitation specialist and an author with a long history in Arcadia, where he practices. It is the memory of half an hour in August 2000 that looms largest in the 68-year-old physician's life, however. Fortanasce was in Rome that month, volunteering for three weeks of first aid duty with the Order of Malta, a laymen's group that offers international emergency medical service.
NEWS
September 30, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Christoph Meili, the former Swiss bank guard who saved Holocaust-era documents from the shredder, signed the forms that made him a permanent resident of the United States. Meili, his wife, Guiseppina, and their two young children, Miriam and David, were accompanied to an Immigration and Naturalization Service ceremony in New York by two survivors of the Holocaust who are among thousands suing Swiss banks for wartime assets.
NEWS
July 31, 1997 | Associated Press
President Clinton signed legislation granting permanent residency to a former Swiss bank guard harassed at home after rescuing Holocaust-era documents, the White House said Wednesday. The legislation, which Clinton signed Tuesday, grants sanctuary to Christoph Meili, 29, his wife and two children. Meili and his family are in the United States on 90-day visitors' visas that expired Tuesday.
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