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April 26, 2014 | By Patrick J. McDonnell and Tom Kington
Tens of thousands of pilgrims were gathering here Saturday in heady anticipation of Sunday's dual canonization of two of the most influential popes of recent times, John Paul II and John XXIII. It will mark the first time in the long history of the Roman Catholic Church that two ex-popes are made saints on the same day. On Saturday, the Vatican confirmed another first - retired Pope Benedict XVI will assist Pope Francis during the sainthood ceremony. That means two living popes will help canonize a pair of their predecessors in a singular celebration of four pontiffs, alive and dead.
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April 27, 2014 | By Patrick J. McDonnell and Tom Kington
Reporting From Vatican City -- Pope Francis proclaimed sainthood Sunday for two former pontiffs, John Paul II and John XXIII, marking  the first time in the  church's long history that two ex-popes have been canonized at the same time. Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims and visitors crammed into St. Peter's Square and nearby streets for the solemn ceremony, which was followed by a Mass celebrated by Pope Francis. Adding to the uniqueness of the event was the presence of a former pope, Benedict XVI, Francis' predecessor, who stepped down last year in a rare example of a pope retiring.
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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.
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April 26, 2014 | By Patrick J. McDonnell and Tom Kington
Tens of thousands of pilgrims were gathering here Saturday in heady anticipation of Sunday's dual canonization of two of the most influential popes of recent times, John Paul II and John XXIII. It will mark the first time in the long history of the Roman Catholic Church that two ex-popes are made saints on the same day. On Saturday, the Vatican confirmed another first - retired Pope Benedict XVI will assist Pope Francis during the sainthood ceremony. That means two living popes will help canonize a pair of their predecessors in a singular celebration of four pontiffs, alive and dead.
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February 11, 2013 | By Tom Kington
VATICAN CITY - In rainy Saint Peter's Square, the mix of opinions about the surprise announcement Monday that Pope Benedict XVI planned to resign ranged from admiration to anger. James Cadman, 29, a seminarian from London, said the 85-year-old Benedict's decision to step down for health reasons rather than dying in office like his predecessor “showed his greatness.” “By putting the good of the church before his own desires he made this one of the greatest moments of his papacy,” Cadman said.
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March 14, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson
VATICAN CITY  - In their private meetings before electing the new pope, Roman Catholic cardinals took note when one of their members rose to speak  - clearly, quietly and persuasively  - about the need to purify the church and streamline its unwieldy bureaucracy. Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio seemed to sum up the very themes, problems and challenges the leaders were debating. He was forceful without being abrasive, one cardinal recalled Thursday. By the time they strode solemnly into the magnificent Sistine Chapel and closed away the outside world on Tuesday, many of the cardinals had significantly refined their lists of candidates.
NEWS
May 16, 1995
Pope John Paul II takes his wanderlust and a gimpy right leg abroad once again Saturday for a three-day visit to the Czech Republic that will include a side trip to some southern towns of his Polish homeland. His journey begins in Prague and moves Sunday to the provincial city of Olomouc, where the Pope will canonize a Roman Catholic priest slain by Protestants in the religious wars of the 17th Century. On Monday, John Paul visits three nearby Polish towns.
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September 24, 1991
The Vatican adds a paternal voice to growing concern about international migration with a six-day conference opening Monday entitled "Solidarity in Favor of New Migrations." European Community President Jacques Delors will be the keynote speaker at a conference offering testimony to the emergence of migration as a hot global issue. Other speakers on the Vatican agenda include Sadako Ogata, U.N.
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April 4, 1995
This Palm Sunday has been designated World Youth Day by Pope John Paul II, who plans a number of activities designed to put a focus on young people. He will begin the day with a 10 a.m. Mass in St. Peter's Basilica attended by youths from around the world who have come to Rome for the observance. Next will come the traditional Palm Sunday procession around the piazza in commemoration of Christ's entry into Jerusalem before his death on the cross.
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April 25, 2014 | By Anne Harnagel
What kid (or even a parent or grandparent) wouldn't want to attend gladiator school, learn how to make gelato and craft their own Carnival mask? All these activities and more are part of an 11-day family adventure, designed for children ages 8 and older, offered by Perillo's Learning Journeys and Smithsonian Journeys. The tour begins with an exploration of Venice and a glass-making factory on the island of Murano. Then it's on to Modena and the new museum dedicated to Enzo Ferrari, and to Maranello, home of the Galleria Ferrari museum, Ferrari factory and test track.
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March 19, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
"Noah" star Russell Crowe and a few of the filmmakers behind the upcoming movie epic made it to Vatican City on Thursday for Pope Francis' weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square. It wasn't a private meeting with the pope, and apparently a screening of the film wasn't going to happen, but the trip to Rome had the actor upbeat on social media nonetheless. "What a privilege , attended the Udienza with the holy father @Pontifex . St.Joesephs day & Fathers Day," he wrote, tweeting a picture of the crowd of about 80,000 at Vatican City.
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March 19, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Following days of conflicting reports whether Russell Crowe would get his wish to meet with Pope Francis, the "Noah" star did make the pontiff's acquaintance on Wednesday, albeit briefly, at Francis' weekly audience in St. Peter's Square in Vatican City. Also joining Crowe were "Noah" director Darren Aronofsky, producer Scott Franklin and Paramount Vice Chairman Rob Moore, according to the Hollywood Reporter and other outlets. The group met with the pope at the "udienza generale," which is open to the public and can draw thousands of faithful.
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August 9, 2013 | By David Alvarez
By any standard Pope Francis' Brazil trip was a great success. Enthusiastic crowds clogged the routes of the papal motorcade and reportedly more than a million people were present for the pope's final Mass on Copacabana beach. The media no less than Catholic pilgrims seemed enchanted by the new pontiff and his appeals for dialogue, conciliation and social justice. For this pope, who presents himself above all else as a pastor and teacher, the achievements of this first international foray must be satisfying.
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June 14, 2013 | By Henry Chu
LONDON -- The neophyte holders of two of Christendom's most venerable posts met for the first time Friday and spoke of fostering unity and understanding between their sometimes rival branches of the faith. Pope Francis and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby exchanged warm words at the Vatican even as they acknowledged that relations between the Roman Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion had historically been, as the pontiff put it, “not without pain.” The Anglican Communion has its origins in the split from Rome by Henry VIII of England, who sought to divorce the first of his six wives but was refused permission by the pope.
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May 14, 2013 | By Tom Kington
VATICAN CITY -- Centuries after it helped kick-start Western art, the Vatican is seeking to break back into the art world with its first-ever pavilion at the prestigious Venice Biennale. The display includes a very modern mix of photography and interactive works, as well as recycled materials used by an artist based partly in Los Angeles. The eclectic mix was inspired by the biblical book of Genesis and commissioned by the Holy See in a bid to repair what church officials said Tuesday was a “fracture” between faith and art over the last century.
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March 23, 2013 | By Tom Kington, Los Angeles Times
VATICAN CITY - As he begins work, Pope Francis will find a pile of files in his in-tray on sex abuse and squabbling cardinals. But he will also come across a thick dossier on the Vatican's secretive bank, which his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, tried to drag into the daylight after years of suspicion that it was a haven for money launderers. After struggling to get the Vatican onto a coveted European "white list" for clean banks, Benedict suffered a setback last year when his top manager, Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, was fired by the bank's board, officially for incompetence.
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March 19, 2013 | By Henry Chu
VATICAN CITY - Huge crowds gathered in St. Peter's Square and spilled into side streets Tuesday morning as Pope Francis prepared for his official inauguration as leader of the Roman Catholic Church and its 1.2 billion followers. Up to a million people are expected to jam into and around this tiny city-state to witness the highly ceremonial event, which will also be attended by royalty, government leaders and religious figures from around the world. Pilgrims began camping out overnight to claim a spot from which to watch the installation of the 266th pope in the church's history and the first from the Americas.
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