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John Paul II

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  • Leaders around the world welcome pope

    LONDON - From Notre Dame in Paris to the Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico City, cathedral bells tolled and prayers were offered yesterday to celebrate the election of Pope Benedict XVI. Roman Catholics and political and religious leaders around the...
  • Now is time to stop eulogizing, start asking hard questions

    With the election of a new pope yesterday, the networks once again interrupted regular programming to join the all-news cable channels for continuous live coverage from the Vatican. Instantly, tens of millions of screens in homes and offices around the...
  • Ratzinger to lead church

    Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, a German theologian known as a strict traditionalist, was elected pope yesterday, taking the name Benedict XVI and describing himself to a cheering crowd in St. Peter's Square as "a simple, humble worker in the vineyard of the...
  • Former professor led Vatican office that enforces doctrine of faith

    As soon as his name was read from a balcony of St. Peter's Basilica, Joseph Ratzinger was being considered a transitional pope because of his age - at 78, the oldest pontiff elected to lead the Roman Catholic Church in nearly three centuries. But when...
  • Faithful in U.S. unlikely to see altered message from the Vatican

    He was Pope John Paul II's right-hand man, a sort of vice president to the pontiff who led the church for a quarter-century. So the election yesterday of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger as the new pope is unlikely to radically alter the church's teachings, its...
  • Local congregations are pleased with choice

    The bells rang for 45 minutes at St. Alphonsus Church after the election of a new pope yesterday. A deacon had interrupted the midday mass to whisper into the ear of a priest that a successor to Pope John Paul II had been selected - a prominent...
  • A wide range of reactions to new pope

    When the Rev. Denis J. Sweeney heard the news, he tore down the halls of St. Mary's Catholic school in Annapolis, high-fiving students and encouraging them to shout, "Three cheers for the new pope." But 30 miles away, at the Hyattsville headquarters of...
  • Clues for papacy's future may be found in past Benedicts

    It was 1914, and the world was at war, the last time a pope took the name Benedict. Pope Benedict XV, a mild-mannered diplomat who was elected as German troops invaded Russia, Belgium and France, tried to be a peacemaker with the world powers - and...
  • Baltimore native helps run the church

    Pope John Paul II is dead. The election of his successor is at least two weeks away, and most members of his Curia have lost their positions. During the interregnum, Vatican affairs have been left to three senior cardinals, one of them a former auxiliary...
  • His efforts to heal rifts in region are praised

    JERUSALEM - Many of the faithful believe that this ancient city is halfway to heaven, and the mourners gathered last night despite the weather that was cold and wet and miserable. Bundled in winter coats, about 1,000 people threaded their way through the...
  • Ecumenical outreach was part of vision

    Pope John Paul II prayed in a synagogue and also met with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. He returned the relics of Orthodox saints and apologized for past church-inspired wrongs such as the Crusades, which caused widespread bloodshed in the Middle...
  • Crucial job awaits Cardinal Keeler at papal conclave

    When word of Pope Leo XIII's grave illness reached the United States in 1903, Cardinal James Gibbons booked passage on every steamship leaving for Rome, according to his biographers, lest he miss the opportunity to vote for the pope's successor. The...