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December 1, 1985 | RUSSELL CHANDLER, Times Religion Writer
By the midpoint of a two-week world assembly of Roman Catholic bishops, the participants had given almost universal support to the sweeping reforms of the Second Vatican Council, which 20 years ago propelled the church into the modern era. But a co-president of the extraordinary synod of bishops made it clear Saturday that, despite the trend toward shared decision-making within the 800-million-member church, it isn't about to become a democratic institution.
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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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April 27, 2014 | By Tom Kington
For a pope who was elected when he was 76 and served for just five years, John XXIII has nevertheless come to be seen as one of the most influential popes of the 20th century. Viewed as a mere stopgap when he was elected in 1958 in the wake of the 20-year reign of Pius XII, John took the Vatican by surprise by calling the Second Vatican Council in 1962. Vatican II, as it came to be known, ushered in Masses in the vernacular instead of Latin, handed more power to bishops and launched a new outreach to other religions.
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April 27, 2014 | By Tom Kington
For a pope who was elected when he was 76 and served for just five years, John XXIII has nevertheless come to be seen as one of the most influential popes of the 20th century. Viewed as a mere stopgap when he was elected in 1958 in the wake of the 20-year reign of Pius XII, John took the Vatican by surprise by calling the Second Vatican Council in 1962. Vatican II, as it came to be known, ushered in Masses in the vernacular instead of Latin, handed more power to bishops and launched a new outreach to other religions.
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August 31, 1987
The contradictory opinions of Catholics polled in The Times survey indicate a critical ignorance on the part of those who claim to support the popularity of John Paul II and at the same time dispute his infallibility in the proclamation of dogma. One cannot be a practicing Catholic and discard the doctrine of the infallibility of the successor to St. Peter, our first Pope, as pronounced by the Vatican Council held in Rome in 1869-1870, delegating to the Popes the privilege and obligation to set forth rules by which Catholics must adhere in the matter of faith and morals.
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March 15, 2001 | WILLIAM LOBDELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bishop Tod D. Brown, who heads the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange, this week became the second American to receive a prestigious appointment to a Vatican council that promotes the church's relationship with other religions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 2, 1994
The recent pronouncement by the Pope, which forbids any debate or discussion (presumably by Roman Catholics) on the ordination of women to the priesthood, carries implications that are deeply disturbing to non-Roman Catholics who now are officially in dialogue with Roman Catholics. When the decree on Papal Infallibility was promulgated by the Vatican Council of 1870, it was pointed out that the Pope was infallible only when he spoke ex cathedra (that is, officially from his chair as supreme teacher of the Church on a subject of faith or morals)
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April 26, 2014 | By Alexandra Zavis
As many as 1 million pilgrims and other visitors are expected at the Vatican on Sunday for the canonization of two of the most influential popes of the 20th Century, John Paul II and John XXIII. Pope Francis will be assisted during the sainthood ceremony by retired Pope Benedict XVI, the first time two living pontiffs will help canonize a pair of their predecessors. Giant screens have been erected in piazzas throughout the city for those unable to get into St. Peter's Square for the Mass, which is expected to begin at 10 a.m. local time (1 a.m. PST)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 1989
Pope John Paul's scrutiny of possible departures from Catholic traditional belief and practice by American Catholics has some of the incongruity of applying Newton's laws of motion to high-energy physics (Part I, March 9-12). Catholics don't think much about church doctrines these days except when they bear on sensitive areas like sexuality, divorce and remarriage, birth control and even abortion. In those areas, however, they frequently look for guidance elsewhere than to Rome. What the Catholic Church really needs to address is not so much the attitudes of bishops and laity towards its doctrinal tradition, but the content and relevancy of the tradition itself.
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December 8, 1985 | Francis X. Murphy, Francis X. Murphy, a Redemptorist priest, writes frequently about Vatican affairs
The extraordinary synod of Catholic Bishops--convoked through a surprise announcement by Pope John Paul II last January and concluded today in the Vatican--evolved into two weeks of rigorous discussion, arguments and ecclesiastical maneuvering by more than 160 cardinals and prelates under the Pope's auspices.
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April 26, 2014 | By Alexandra Zavis
As many as 1 million pilgrims and other visitors are expected at the Vatican on Sunday for the canonization of two of the most influential popes of the 20th Century, John Paul II and John XXIII. Pope Francis will be assisted during the sainthood ceremony by retired Pope Benedict XVI, the first time two living pontiffs will help canonize a pair of their predecessors. Giant screens have been erected in piazzas throughout the city for those unable to get into St. Peter's Square for the Mass, which is expected to begin at 10 a.m. local time (1 a.m. PST)
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April 26, 2014 | By Patrick McDonnell and Tom Kington
One helped revolutionize the church, becoming an enduring icon among progressive Roman Catholics who view religion as a vehicle for justice and peace. The other figured in a societal revolution outside the church, earning the adulation of conservatives by battling communism and contributing to the downfall of the Soviet Union. On Sunday, Pope Francis will canonize two pontiffs - John XXIII and John Paul II - in a ceremony here, marking the first time that two popes were made saints at the same time.
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September 29, 2013 | By Charlotte Allen
Pope Francis' highly publicized recent interview with an Italian Jesuit magazine has ushered in a new era for the Roman Catholic Church - an era of record levels of misinterpretation of the pontiff's words, both by the liberal media and by conservative Catholics who have been grousing about Francis ever since he washed the feet of a Muslim girl during Holy Week. The remark most focused on was this: "We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods....
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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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July 5, 2013 | By Henry Chu, This post has been updated. See the notes below for details.
LONDON -- Pope Francis issued the first encyclical of his papacy Friday, a reflection on faith meant to illuminate the mind of God but also revealing someone else's: Benedict XVI's. The document -- the highest form of papal teaching -- was signed only by Francis, but he acknowledged that it was based on an initial draft written by his retired predecessor, supplemented with “a few contributions of my own.” The encyclical calls on Roman Catholics not just to believe in Christ but to manifest God's “supernatural” gift of faith in church and society.
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January 11, 2011 | By Mitchell Landsberg, Los Angeles Times
Roman Catholic Bishop John J. Ward of Los Angeles, who had been one of three surviving American bishops who participated in the groundbreaking Second Vatican Council in the early 1960s, died Sunday in Culver City. He was 90. Ward died of complications from old age, according to a statement from his family. A Los Angeles native, Ward served the local archdiocese for just over 50 years as a priest and bishop, establishing several benchmarks along the way. He was the last priest ordained by the first archbishop of Los Angeles, John J. Cantwell, and the first graduate of St. John's Seminary in Camarillo to become a bishop.
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July 5, 2013 | By Henry Chu, This post has been updated. See the notes below for details.
LONDON -- Pope Francis issued the first encyclical of his papacy Friday, a reflection on faith meant to illuminate the mind of God but also revealing someone else's: Benedict XVI's. The document -- the highest form of papal teaching -- was signed only by Francis, but he acknowledged that it was based on an initial draft written by his retired predecessor, supplemented with “a few contributions of my own.” The encyclical calls on Roman Catholics not just to believe in Christ but to manifest God's “supernatural” gift of faith in church and society.
WORLD
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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August 29, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Sister Mary Luke Tobin, 98, the only American woman to participate in the Roman Catholic Church's Second Vatican Council, died Thursday in Nerinx, Ky. Tobin, a former superior general and president of the Sisters of Loretto order from 1958 to 1970, died at the order's motherhouse in Nerinx, where she retired in 1999. When she was invited to Rome, she was president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, a group of leaders from U.S. congregations of nuns.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 2003 | Larry B. Stammer, Times Staff Writer
The Most Rev. Harry A. Clinch, the first bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Monterey and a participant in the historic Second Vatican Council, died Saturday at his home in Santa Cruz. He was 94. A spokesman for the diocese said Clinch, a bishop for 46 years, died of complications from pneumonia. "Those whom Bishop Clinch served as priest and bishop remember him as a gentle and compassionate shepherd," Monterey Bishop Sylvester D. Ryan said Saturday.
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