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December 26, 2004 | Tracy Wilkinson, Times Staff Writer
Pope John Paul II, issuing greetings in dozens of languages, including Mongolian, used his annual Christmas Day message Saturday to make an impassioned plea for peace in a world devastated by war and strife. In a chilly, rainy St. Peter's Square, the pope delivered his traditional Urbi et Orbi -- Latin for "to the city and to the world" -- to an enthusiastic crowd of umbrella-toting pilgrims and tourists who chanted his name and waved flags from an array of countries.
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December 26, 2004 | Tracy Wilkinson, Times Staff Writer
Pope John Paul II, issuing greetings in dozens of languages, including Mongolian, used his annual Christmas Day message Saturday to make an impassioned plea for peace in a world devastated by war and strife. In a chilly, rainy St. Peter's Square, the pope delivered his traditional Urbi et Orbi -- Latin for "to the city and to the world" -- to an enthusiastic crowd of umbrella-toting pilgrims and tourists who chanted his name and waved flags from an array of countries.
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April 14, 1987 | From Reuters
Pope John Paul II, returning Monday from a two-week trip to Uruguay, Chile and Argentina, denounced as brutal and provocative the violence that marred one of his Masses in the Chilean capital of Santiago. Speaking to several Chilean and Argentine reporters aboard the plane that brought him and his entourage back to Italy, John Paul replied to questions about how he felt during the violent anti-government clashes that occurred at Santiago's sprawling O'Higgins Park on April 3.
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April 14, 1987 | From Reuters
Pope John Paul II, returning Monday from a two-week trip to Uruguay, Chile and Argentina, denounced as brutal and provocative the violence that marred one of his Masses in the Chilean capital of Santiago. Speaking to several Chilean and Argentine reporters aboard the plane that brought him and his entourage back to Italy, John Paul replied to questions about how he felt during the violent anti-government clashes that occurred at Santiago's sprawling O'Higgins Park on April 3.
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December 25, 1986 | United Press International
Pope John Paul II, wishing the world "joy, peace and blessing," celebrated the birth of Jesus with a joyous Christmas Eve midnight Mass in St. Peter's Basilica, the largest church in Christendom. About 26,000 worshipers, including Roman Catholic cardinals, Vatican dignitaries and diplomats from the 117 countries that have relations with the Holy See, filled the 16th-Century, Baroque-style church. The Mass was also broadcast on radio and television to millions of people throughout the world.
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December 26, 1996 | From Times Wire Reports
While praising breakthroughs in places like Bosnia-Herzegovina, Pope John Paul II said the peace of Christmas is violated by violence in the Mideast, Africa and other troubled areas. Heeding his doctors' advice to get more rest, John Paul skipped his traditional appointment with the faithful in St. Peter's Basilica for late-morning Christmas Mass. He did, however, make his "Urbi et Orbi" ("To the City and the World") address at noon from the central balcony of the massive church.
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December 20, 1994
In the annual celebration of Christmastide, Pope John Paul II will conduct the traditional Mass on Sunday morning at St. Peter's, the largest church in Christendom, in the midst of a busy weekend of activities. Later that day, speaking from the central balcony of St. Peter's, the Roman Catholic pontiff will deliver his annual blessing entitled "Urbi et Orbi," or "To the City and the World."
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March 29, 1994
Holy Week, the most important time of the year for the Roman Catholic Church, places Pope John Paul II at the center of time-honored rituals climaxing with his outdoor Mass in St. Peter's Square on Easter Sunday. On Thursday, the 73-year-old Pope continues an Eastertide tradition by washing the feet of priests in the basilica of St. John Lateran. On Good Friday, he hears confessions in St. Peter's. Saturday night, John Paul presides at a lengthy Easter vigil at St. Peter's.
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December 25, 1995 | From Associated Press
Pope John Paul II, at a Christmas Eve midnight Mass attended by more than 10,000 worshipers, proclaimed the "great joy" of Christ's birth and evoked a "renewed hope for peace" in the Balkans and around the world. "On the night of the Lord's birth, we sense renewed hope for peace for all individuals and for all peoples afflicted by war: in the Balkans, in Africa and wherever there is no peace," the pope, speaking in Italian, told those assembled in St. Peter's Basilica.
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December 25, 1996 | Associated Press
Stressing the universal joy of Christmas, Pope John Paul II reached out to nonbelievers during a midnight Mass that began a scaled-down holiday schedule for the pontiff. The 76-year-old pope, under doctors' orders to slow down, canceled plans to celebrate Christmas Day Mass in St. Peter's Basilica so he could get more rest before his annual message to the world. In his homily at the midnight service in the flower-filled basilica, the pope spoke of the "profound source of Christmas joy."
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December 25, 1986 | United Press International
Pope John Paul II, wishing the world "joy, peace and blessing," celebrated the birth of Jesus with a joyous Christmas Eve midnight Mass in St. Peter's Basilica, the largest church in Christendom. About 26,000 worshipers, including Roman Catholic cardinals, Vatican dignitaries and diplomats from the 117 countries that have relations with the Holy See, filled the 16th-Century, Baroque-style church. The Mass was also broadcast on radio and television to millions of people throughout the world.
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February 25, 2001
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April 8, 1996 | From Reuters
A healthy-looking Pope John Paul II led Roman Catholics in Easter Sunday celebrations and prayed for a victory over death in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Ireland, the Middle East and the world's other trouble spots. The 75-year-old pontiff appeared in good form as he celebrated Mass before more than 100,000 people in St. Peter's Square, read his "Urbi et Orbi" (to the city and the world) message and wished the world a happy Easter in 57 languages.
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