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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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November 16, 1988 | From Reuters
A man who posed as one of the Pope's Vatican security agents has been arrested on charges of setting fire to seven churches in Rome, police said Tuesday. Police said that Ugo Ferrari, 48, had a history of mental illness and had been arrested in 1982 for impersonating a policeman.
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May 22, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Polish secret police tried to bug the room used by Pope John Paul II when he visited the country's holiest shrine in 1979, a newspaper reported today. The Solidarity daily Gazeta Wyborcza said the attempt was thwarted by Vatican security staff who detected listening devices planted at Jasna Gora monastery at Czestochowa in southern Poland. "It was clear that the place was stuffed with bugging facilities to a terrifying extent.
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December 4, 1985 | Associated Press
A Roman Catholic nurse from Florida, protesting against the church's ban on admitting women to the priesthood, staged a mock Mass today in St. Peter's Basilica. Babi Burke, of Fort Lauderdale, approached the altar in the basilica with a lighted alcohol lamp, kissed the altar and blessed herself with a sign of the cross. Then, she raised her arms in a priestly gesture of welcome and slowly raised a silver chalice.
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January 31, 1985 | DON A. SCHANCHE, Times Staff Writer
Pope John Paul II completed a strenuous day in the rarefied air of this Andes mountain city Wednesday with a sharp comment on the injustices that the international economic order is doing to poor countries and poor people. Noting "the enormous weight of foreign debt that threatens development" in countries such as Ecuador, the pontiff called upon world leaders and others with power "to put into effect the means to create a more just social order."
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September 16, 1988 | Associated Press
Pope John Paul II today bluntly told the 20-year-old polygamist king of this tiny mountain country that God intended a man to have only one wife at a time. The pontiff, who arrived from Lesotho this morning, was escorted by spear-carrying warriors and soldiers with machine guns into a soccer stadium to celebrate Mass. He first was driven in the wrong direction, then slipped off a platform, without injury.
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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.
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October 30, 1987 | United Press International
A U.S. anti-nuclear activist today scaled a barricade at St. Peter's Basilica during Mass and ran shouting down the center aisle toward Pope John Paul II before he was stopped by Vatican security guards. Authorities identified the man as Thomas K. Siemer, 57, of Columbus, Ohio, who has gained notoriety with unconventional public appeals to the Pope for action on nuclear disarmament.
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April 5, 1985 | From Times Wire Services
Christian pilgrims shouldering wooden crosses made their way slowly through the narrow streets of Old Jerusalem today, Good Friday, retracing the steps of Jesus on the way to his crucifixion. Five-thousand pilgrims followed the procession led by Franciscan monks along the Via Dolorosa, the Street of Sorrows, venerated since the Middle Ages as the route taken by Jesus after he was condemned to die. The half-mile walk took the pilgrims from St.
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