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January 5, 1991 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With the ranks of Roman Catholic cardinals around the world thinned by death and old age, Pope John Paul II is preparing to rejuvenate his church's government, making it more international in scope and conservative in tone. Vatican sources say the Pope is planning to name about 20 new cardinals, perhaps as soon as Sunday, certainly not later than this spring. Los Angeles Archbishop Roger M.
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January 5, 1991 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With the ranks of Roman Catholic cardinals around the world thinned by death and old age, Pope John Paul II is preparing to rejuvenate his church's government, making it more international in scope and conservative in tone. Vatican sources say the Pope is planning to name about 20 new cardinals, perhaps as soon as Sunday, certainly not later than this spring. Los Angeles Archbishop Roger M.
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May 18, 1989 | JACKSON DIEHL, The Washington Post
Parliament enacted a landmark law on Wednesday legalizing the Roman Catholic Church for the first time under Communist rule and restoring the property and privileges stripped from it in the years since the end of World War II in 1945. The law, which came after years of negotiations between the church and the leadership of Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski, represents the first full normalization of church-state relations in a Communist state and opens the way for Warsaw to become the first Communist government to establish diplomatic relations with the Vatican.
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July 5, 1985 | JIM MANN, Times Staff Writer
Ignatius Kung, 85, the Vatican-appointed Roman Catholic bishop of Shanghai, has been released after serving 30 years in prison. Kung (whose Chinese name is Gong Pinmei) was arrested in 1955 and sentenced in 1960 to life in prison for high treason, for refusing to abandon his loyalty to the Vatican and refusing to support a separate, state-controlled "patriotic" Catholic Church. The authorities announced that he was granted parole Wednesday after he "admitted his crime and showed repentance."
WORLD
February 28, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sat down Thursday for a rare meeting with an American - the pierced, provocative former basketball star Dennis Rodman, according to media reports. Rodman reportedly chatted with Kim as they sat side by side at a basketball game, the latest turn in his trip to Pyongyang, according to Chinese state media and a media company filming the trip. Afterward, he told Kim he had “a friend for life” in a speech before a massive crowd of North Koreans, the Vice media company said in a statement.
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August 6, 1988 | BETH COONEY, The Stamford Advocate
The bishop of Shanghai arrives promptly at 6:45 every morning to say Mass in Chinese at a private Stamford chapel. He is accompanied by the assistant charged with teaching him the modern ways of the Roman Catholic Church. Observers of his daily ritual say that Bishop Ignatius Kung is a quick student considering his heart condition, 30 years of imprisonment in a Shanghai jail and the fact that until recently he said Mass only in Latin.
WORLD
February 28, 2013 | By Chris Kraul and Mery Mogollon
CARACAS, Venezuela - Leading Venezuelan opposition figure Leopoldo Lopez appeared before prosecutors in Caracas on Thursday to answer charges of influence peddling while he was a state oil company employee in 1998, an accusation he described as “political persecution. " Lopez, a strong critic of cancer-stricken President Hugo Chavez and cofounder of the center-right Justice First party, is accused of funneling $120,000 in donations to his party from the state-owned oil monopoly PDVSA while he was a top-level employee there in the late 1990s.
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