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Sun Foreign StaffThey had jostled along the narrow streets that disappear into the dark warrens of the Dheisheh refugee camp, pressing forward to see Pope John Paul II and desperate for words of encouragement. That was in March 2000. The pope, who died yesterday,...
Tags: The Pope, Religious Leaders, Massacres, Nazareth, Diplomacy
Sun Foreign StaffROME - Lou Williams knew the cobbled streets were no place for a 72-year-old with a cane. He had known about the heat and the crowds and the long waits, and he had been warned not to come without a hotel reservation. But he came, arriving yesterday on...
Sun Television CriticAt dawn tomorrow, as networks and 24-hour cable channels point their cameras and microphones at Pope John Paul II's funeral, an estimated 2 billion television viewers from around the globe will not hear much color commentary, many voice-overs or chatter...
Tags: The Pope, Rituals, Journalism, CNN (tv network), Christianity
Sun StaffWhen several Catholic bishops argued last year that they had a responsibility to deny Holy Communion to politicians who support abortion rights, Baltimore's Cardinal William H. Keeler was not among them. He instead offered that taking the sacrament was...
Sun StaffFrom the lawsuits that forced the most damaging revelations of sexual abuse in Boston, to an Irish Catholic judge who made them public, to the uprisings of laity and priests demanding his resignation, the forces that finally brought down Cardinal...
Sun StaffFive months after approving what many hailed as a groundbreaking policy on sexual abuse by clergy, U.S. Catholic bishops are gathering today in Washington to consider revisions that some call mere fine-tuning - but that critics say will water the policy...
Associated PressThe nation's Roman Catholic bishops won Vatican approval yesterday for their revised sex abuse policy, requiring every diocese to bar priests who molest children from working in the church. Vatican authorization makes the plan church law for the United...
Sun StaffWASHINGTON -- Hoping to put 10 months of scandal behind them, the nation's Roman Catholic bishops overwhelmingly approved yesterday a revised sexual-abuse policy that they pledge will keep any priest who has molested a child from ever serving in the...
Los Angeles TimesVATICAN CITY - In a dramatic illustration of his decline, a grimacing Pope John Paul II appeared before thousands of Easter pilgrims yesterday and struggled to speak but ultimately failed. The pope has not been heard in public since his release from...
Chicago TribuneVATICAN CITY -- History towers over the 115 Roman Catholic cardinals who will gather today to begin selecting a new pope, but some of the church's ancient traditions are shifting beneath their feet. The cardinals' isolation from the outside world,...
Associated PressVATICAN CITY -- Pilgrims gazed forlornly at the third-floor window where Pope John Paul II traditionally appeared Sundays, and cardinals held to their vow of public silence ahead of next week's secret vote on a successor. The cardinals who celebrated...
Sun StaffThe Vatican said today that Pope John Paul II's condition was very serious, hours after he suffered "cardiocirculatory collapse and shock." Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls said in a statement that the pope, who was being treated at the Vatican,...
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