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Reporting from Vatican City -- It's a labor of love, full of Christmas spirit and, this year, a hint of crosstown rivalry. Ever since Pope John Paul II initiated the tradition in 1982, the Vatican's Nativity scene has attracted thousands of Romans and...
Times Staff WriterOne-hour TV has been good to writer-director J.J. Abrams, good enough to get him the job of sustaining "Mission: Impossible," an action movie franchise that also began as one-hour TV. Is it any wonder that the Tom Cruise-starring "Mission: Impossible III"...
Sun National StaffAs 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...
Religion EditorPope John Paul II, the world-traveling, working-class pontiff who stood up to the Soviet bloc and won the allegiance of tens of millions, died Saturday in Vatican City. He was 84. "We all feel like orphans this evening," Undersecretary of State Archbishop...
Sun Foreign StaffVATICAN CITY - St. Peter's Square yesterday was in many ways the portrait of an ideal spring day, sunny and warm and populated by hundreds of boisterous tourists. But that picture changed quickly. After Vatican officials went on television in the...
Tags: John Paul II, Christianity, Vatican City, The Pope, Death
Sun StaffVATICAN CITY - Tomorrow, 115 cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church will sequester themselves in the Vatican's Sistine Chapel for the beginning of the faith's most private and perhaps most important ritual, the election of a new pope. They will dress...
Tags: Voting, Elections, Diplomacy, Italy, Trips and Vacations
Sun StaffCardinal William H. Keeler, who is expected to be the first Baltimore archbishop in more than 100 years to participate in the ritualized process of selecting a pope, prayed for the ailing pontiff yesterday even as he prepared to clear his schedule for...
Tags: John Paul II, William H. Keeler, Christianity, Islam, Elections
Times Staff WriterPope John Paul II, whose indomitable will and uncompromising belief in human dignity helped bring down communism in Eastern Europe and reshaped Christianity's relationship to Judaism, died today. He was 84. The Polish-born John Paul, indisputably the...
Tribune staff reporterThe first approach, no matter how you approach it, isn't all that impressive. From the main road, the profile beyond its moat is low, like a very rough pencil sketch of Parliament along the Thames but less grand and imposing. The three visible spires,...
Times Staff WriterWHILE viewing the next to final episode of "Sex and the City," I teared up. Not because I cared about the fate of the characters but because it illuminated so clearly the neat halves into which my traveling life was hacked by childbirth. Carrie is...
Sun National StaffWith his papacy just minutes old and the faithful in St. Peter's Square still unaware of his selection, Pope Benedict XVI greeted Chicago Cardinal Francis George in English and told him he was focused on the issue that has engrossed the church's...
Sun StaffVATICAN CITY - Workers hauled in trunks marked diplomatico. Crews labored over the entrance foyer. Maids gathered in the basement cafeteria to rest for a moment. There were so many things left to do yesterday to prepare the Casa Santa Marta for the...
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