September 20, 2006
RE POPE Benedict XVI's comments about Islam: It amazes me how leaders in the Muslim world, political or religous, say whatever they want about whoever they want, but the rest of us worry about being politically correct. Islamic extremists want to kill us. When someone critizes them, they kill innocents all over the world. Too much of America has forgotten that horrible day on 9/11. Bill Newbold Philadelphia
September 7, 2015 |
Archbishop Charles Chaput recently sought to reassure an apprehensive Philly flock of the relative ease and desirability of attending this month's World Meeting of Families and papal visit, noting in an Inquirer commentary that Scripture doesn't find Mary and Joseph fretting over logistics on the way to Bethlehem. A skeptic might also note that the couple reportedly ended up staying with the livestock. In any case, the archbishop's sanguine posture was part of a welcome effort to recalibrate the approach to papal preparations, which has suffered from too much Herod and too few wise men. Much of the shift has taken the form of aggressive rebranding.
April 14, 1986 |
Local Jewish leaders hailed the Pope's visit yesterday to Rome's main synagogue, but were disappointed by his failure to recognize the state of Israel. Two Roman Catholic scholars praised the visit, the first ever by a pontiff to a Jewish house of worship, as significant, "a breakthrough sort of thing" as one of them, Temple University religion professor Leonard Swidler, put it. "It's very difficult for the pope to do anything of political significance at the moment because if he should visit Israel it would anger the Muslim world," Rabbi Albert Lewis of Temple Beth Sholom in Haddon Heights, N.J., said.
September 14, 1994 |
United States citizens, who thought they knew how warm tempers can get when religion enters domestic politics, last week joined the world in feeling the heat of a religious explosion on the international political scene. Cairo provided the stage, as delegates from 160 nations took up the most fateful issues at century's end: How many people can the globe sustain tomorrow, and how can nations develop resources to sustain more in the future? Leave it to the statisticians and economists, thought some, forgetting how much the clergy care about what happens in bedroom, clinic and granary.
May 19, 1994 |
You think Babe Ruth was a tough autograph? Well, he wasn't. In fact, the Babe willingly signed for anyone who asked him. Not so with the pope. I'm not talking about the Phillies' Paul Owens. I'm referring to John Paul II, the real pope, and the autograph he recently signed for Detroit Tigers manager Sparky Anderson. Jim Hawkins, longtime Detroit baseball writer-turned-hobby-show promoter, returned from a visit to spring training with an amusing tale about the pope's autograph.
July 9, 2009 |
The owners of the DiCocco Family St. Jude Shop are getting to be experts at this. When there's a presentation for the pope, call the store in Havertown. Twice in the last 15 months, the store owners have been tapped for their Benedict XVI know-how. The first time, they helped supply a specially made chair the pope used during a U.S. visit. This time, they assisted the White House in finding a gift for him. That present will be given to Benedict as part of President Obama's visit to the Vatican tomorrow.
April 2, 1999 |
Holy smokes! We're in the middle of Passover and Easter is nigh. That's reason this week to get our head and soul together with music of a decidedly spiritual, life-affirming nature. Why, even His Holiness Pope John Paul II is getting down and into the album-making act with "Abba Pater," a pilgrimage of the spirit inspired by the Great Jubilee of the year 2000. It's also, we suspect, an artful outreach from the public-relations office of the Vatican, intended to make the church seem more relevant to younger people.
September 10, 1987 |
Although the Pope will say only one Sunday mass during his 10-day U.S. visit, don't look for it on television. NFL football will block live network coverage of the mass this Sunday from San Antonio on both CBS and NBC. "We had made it clear to the Pope's people that we'd be interested in covering the mass if it could be held earlier in the day," said Lane Venardos, executive producer for CBS coverage. "But that was not possible, so we opt not to carry the mass. Football is football.
March 28, 2000 |
The pope's visit to the Holy Land seemed to be a game of political football, with both the Israelis and the Palestinians claiming he was rooting for their team. When John Paul II arrived in Jerusalem, the Israeli president, Ezer Weizman, welcomed him to "the eternal and indivisible capital of the State of Israel" - an unequivocal assertion of Israel's determination to maintain total sovereignty over the Holy City. Likewise, when the pope kissed a bowl of Palestinian soil - a gesture usually observed on visits to sovereign states - it led Suha Arafat, the wife of the Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat, to exclaim: "Everybody from our Palestinian people understood it as asking for a Palestinian independent state.
December 17, 1997 |
When Pope John Paul II arrives Jan. 21 in the fiefdom of Fidel, Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua of Philadelphia won't be far behind. Bevilacqua and other United States cardinals will join the pope in Cuba for a trip that lasts through Jan. 25. The historic visit grew out of a Vatican meeting last year between the pope and President Fidel Castro. Bevilacqua doesn't expect to take in many of the sights on that long off-limits island where Castro has sought to shut down the Catholic church since seizing power in 1960.