October 24, 2003
He doesn't kneel at the altar so much as drape himself over it, his body terribly weakened and bent by age, injury and disease. It's difficult to observe Pope John Paul II these days without great worry. Why does he continue the relentless schedule that has made him the most traveled, visible Pope in history? Why doesn't he take a deserved rest? At age 83, in his condition, the world would understand. Because he is inspired. Because he is inspiring. Catholics and non-Catholics, the religious and the secular, are increasingly moved by the Pope as his physical condition worsens for all to see. The silent message his frailty sends is powerful and universal.
June 15, 2014 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Lack of familiarity was not an issue for Harriton and Pope John Paul II when the teams squared off in Friday night's PIAA Class AAA baseball final. The Rams and Golden Panthers met two weeks ago in the District 1 final, with Pope John Paul, aided by a costly error, gaining a one-run victory. In the rematch at Penn State's Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, the Golden Panthers benefited from three errors and claimed their first state championship with a 4-2 triumph over Harriton.
September 28, 1999 |
One of television's treasures, PBS's Frontline begins its new season tonight with a stunning profile of Pope John Paul II, the "modern man" pope who has been fighting modernity almost nonstop since his election in 1978. It is the kind of thought-provoking production that beams almost routinely out of the Frontline offices at Boston's WGBH-TV and is ipso facto refutation to those who smugly insist that TV is a waste of time. John Paul himself, this program demonstrates, has spent his time trying to shake humanity from the smug torpor of the 20th century, which he characterizes as the most evil in history.
November 19, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA turned out more than a million people to welcome and strain to see Pope John Paul II on the last papal visit to the city in October 1979. Catholics, Baptists, Unitarians, atheists - whatever their faith or lack thereof - the devoted and the curious and those in between packed the Benjamin Franklin Parkway from City Hall to the Art Museum in a sea of humanity the city had never seen before. They had come if only to catch a glimpse of the pope, whose white vestments glowed in the autumn sunlight. The pope spent 21 hours and 12 minutes in Philadelphia as part of his first visit to the United States.
May 16, 2014 |
Methacton won the Pioneer Athletic Conference, edging Pope John Paul II, 1-0, Wednesday without hitting the ball out of the infield in the decisive rally. Kyle Lowery was hit by a pitch to start the seventh. He moved to second on a sacrifice and third on an infield single. He scored when Pat O'Neil hit a ground ball to a drawn-in second baseman, just beating the throw. John Wiedmayer threw a two-hitter to earn the win. He struck out 10 and walked one. Nonleague. Valley Forge Military Academy manager Dom Lorusso earned his 300th career victory with a 14-11 win over visiting Dobbins.
January 21, 1998 |
Cuba is a nation mired in poverty. Fidel Castro's state-run Marxist economy, coupled with a longstanding American trade embargo, has crippled the country. Rationing is a way of life for Cuba's 11 million citizens. Each person, regardless of age, is given government vouchers each month to buy such staples as white sugar (three pounds), fish (one pound), rice (six pounds) and eggs (14). Families can buy limited amounts each month of luxuries such as propane gas, kerosene and rum. A family can buy one tube of toothpaste per month.
January 26, 2015 |
Gabby Troisi sank two free throws with six seconds left to give Pope John Paul II a 45-44 victory over Penn Charter in the Blue Chip Super Showcase at Spring-Ford on Saturday. Lauren Dao hit three three-pointers en route to 11 points, and was named the Golden Panthers' MVP. Hannah Fox led Penn Charter with 20 points. In another game in the showcase: Julia Gantz scored 14 and Lexi Stover added 13 to pace Archbishop Carroll, ranked ninth in Southeastern Pennsylvania by The Inquirer, past St. Elizabeth (Del.)
September 12, 1994 |
"How many divisions does the Pope have?" Stalin is said to have asked. The answer, as Stalin well knew, is none - which doesn't mean that the Vatican doesn't have enormous influence. It used that influence - and a bit more - when it helped bring down a communist regime in Poland. But Stalin's question, posed in another context, is still valid: Who listens to the Pope when it comes to family planning? Almost no one, it turns out. Italy, home to the Vatican and almost entirely Catholic, has one of the lowest birth rates in the world, partly because it has abortion on demand in the first trimester - and it's free.
October 15, 2015 |
Its team is called the Phantoms, but thanks to a comeback victory Tuesday afternoon, Phoenixville's girls' soccer team is still alive. Gabrielle Perrotto scored two goals in three minutes in the second half and the visiting Phantoms rallied to top Pope John Paul II, 3-1, in Pioneer Athletic Conference play. Leeza Galli added a goal an assist. Kayla Mesaros scored in the first half to give Pope John Paul a 1-0 lead at the break. A loss would likely have knocked Phoenixville, ranked 28th in the District 1 power rankings, from the 28-team district tournament.
March 3, 2005 |
She may be half a world away from Rome, but Mary Romanowski feels a fellowship of pain with her suffering Holy Father, Pope John Paul II. As the pontiff endures his latest hospitalization, Romanowski is offering her own marathon of rosary prayers from her Port Richmond rowhouse. Romanowski, 90, who has severe arthritis, sat in her living room this week and, in her native Polish, described her deepest wishes. They were translated by her daughter and prayer partner, Theresa.