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April 30, 2011 | By Victor L. Simpson, Associated Press
ROME - A visit to Rome's main synagogue. Diplomatic relations with Israel. A handwritten plea, left at Judaism's holiest site in Jerusalem, asking forgiveness for Christian persecution. With his landmark actions, Pope John Paul II strove throughout his 27-year papacy to overcome the tortured two-millennia history of Catholic-Jewish relations. In a sign of appreciation for those efforts, some in the crowd at his beatification Sunday in St. Peter's Square will be Jews, including an Israeli cabinet minister, Yossi Peled, who lost most of his family in the Holocaust but was hidden by a Belgian family who raised him as a Christian.
NEWS
April 28, 2011 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Rev. Rafal Walczyk, director of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa in Doylestown, says Pope John Paul II remains a daily source of inspiration. "He gave me a really, really good example how to live, how to cooperate with people, how to treat people," said the 36-year-old native of Poland, who relishes the memory of the small audience he and fellow seminarians had with the pontiff in 1999. This weekend, Walczyk will be in Rome for John Paul, part of an expected throng of two million Catholics who will celebrate the first Polish pope's beatification, a giant step in a record-quick march toward sainthood for the spiritual icon who died six years ago. Walczyk will take with him a group of 34 equally enthusiastic followers from across the Philadelphia region.
NEWS
April 16, 2011
Wilton Wynn, 90, a longtime foreign correspondent for the Associated Press and Time magazine whose journalistic triumphs included interviews with the former Egyptian President Anwar el-Sadat and Pope John Paul II, died Thursday at his home in Rome after a long illness. As Rome bureau chief for Time, he frequently accompanied the well-traveled pope abroad. The pope took notice of Mr. Wynn's coverage, and when the journalist retired in 1985 for health reasons, he offered a papal blessing.
SPORTS
March 12, 2011 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
Carrington Ward struggled, as his Philadelphia Electrical and Technology Charter teammates did, early in Friday night's PIAA Class AAA first-round state boys' basketball playoff vs. Pope John Paul II. Ward missed five of his first six field-goal attempts. "I had to get myself together," he said. "I was rushing shots. I had to settle down. " While they went in as a considerable favorite, Ward and the Chargers had to battle the entire way to earn a 62-56 victory over the first-year Golden Panthers at Southern High.
SPORTS
March 6, 2011 | By Mike Gibson, For The Inquirer
Pope John Paul II's basketball team needed a pair of overtimes on Saturday to secure a trip to the state Class AAA playoffs in its first year of existence. At Plymouth Whitemarsh, the fourth-seeded Golden Panthers (18-7) outscored Bishop Shanahan by 10-2 in the second overtime to come away with a 73-65 win in a District 1 Class AAA third-place game, grabbing the district's final seed in the state playoffs. They did it by spreading the scoring wealth around, as all five players reached double figures, led by Mike Mansur's 18 points and Paul Mills, who poured in 17. In regulation, the sixth-seeded Eagles sent the game into overtime by scoring with a minute left and extended their season even further when Marco Arias made a three-pointer with 10 seconds left in the first overtime.
NEWS
March 5, 2011 | By Mike Gibson, FOR THE INQUIRER
Pope John Paul II's basketball team needed a pair of overtimes on Saturday to secure a trip to the state Class AAA playoffs in its first year of existence. At Plymouth Whitemarsh, the fourth-seeded Golden Panthers (18-7) outscored Bishop Shanahan by 10-2 in the second overtime to come away with a 73-65 win in a District 1 Class AAA third-place game, grabbing the district's final seed in the state playoffs. They did it by spreading the scoring wealth around, as all five players reached double figures, led by Mike Mansur's 18 points and Paul Mills, who poured in 17. In regulation, the sixth-seeded Eagles sent the game into overtime by scoring with a minute left and extended their season even further when Marco Arias made a three-pointer with 10 seconds left in the first overtime.
SPORTS
February 23, 2011 | By Mike Gibson, For The Inquirer
Pope John Paul II girls' basketball team used defense to post the upset of the night in the first round of the PIAA District 1 Class AAA tournament on Tuesday. The Golden Panthers (6-12), who came into the tournament as the No. 12 seed, held fifth-seeded Oxford to just five first-half points in a 28-16 win. They held Oxford's Jasmine Jones to just eight points, half of her season average. Two players, Taylor Bearden and Devin Raugh, each scored eight points for to lead the Golden Panthers.
NEWS
January 28, 2011
WHEN Rep. Gabrielle Giffords showed signs of an amazing recovery after being shot in Tucson, Ariz., people started talking about miracles. When actor Michael Douglas was declared cancer-free after some reports had him on his deathbed, miracles were also invoked. Lately, whenever anything remotely surprising happens, we have no problem attributing it to the miraculous. But of course, we're just using a term of speech. Few truly believe that miracles, the bona fide and highly visible evidence of God in our midst, really happen.
SPORTS
September 15, 2010 | By Don Beideman, Inquirer Staff Writer
After his Upper Perkiomen girls' soccer team played well, splitting its previous two nonleague games, coach Mike Freed was looking for his players to build on that in their Pioneer Athletic Conference game against the league's new member, Pope John Paul II, Tuesday night. Mark Beck, his counterpart for Pope John Paul II, was looking for consistency from his team, made up largely of players from two now-closed schools, Kennedy-Kenrick, a former member of the Catholic League, and St. Pius, a member of the PAC-10.
SPORTS
September 9, 2010
It was a day of firsts for the new Pope John Paul II High School on Wednesday. The girls' soccer team registered the school's first win, overwhelming visiting Chichester, 8-2, in a nonleague game and Danielle Kiniry scored the first girls' varsity goal, while Monica Bladel was the school's first multiple goal-scorer, notching a pair of goals. In other nonleague games: Hatboro-Horsham's defense carried the day in a 3-0 nonleague win at Wissahickon. The Hatters limited the Trojans to just one shot and Marykate Bateman, Sam Bickel and Carly Black scored.
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