April 3, 2005 |
When Pope John Paul II visited Philadelphia on Oct. 3 and 4, 1979, it was an event unlike any the city had ever seen. During the 21-hour, 12-minute visit, Philadelphians joined hands as one. Crowds were stupendously large, but traffic was manageable. Strangers became friends, and while few among the multitudes got very close to the white-clad Pole, civility, generosity and spirituality were the rule. The visit came just three years after the Pope had attended the Eucharistic Congress here as the relatively anonymous Cardinal Karol Wojtyla.
February 1, 1995 |
The tone for the afternoon was set when Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua entered the lobby of Presentation B.V.M. School in Havertown and was greeted by the principal, Sister Nicoletta Maria. "This schedule gives me five minutes in each class," said the cardinal, looking at a printed sheet. "Would it be possible to group them together to give me more time?" "Of course," Sister Nicoletta said, then turned and whispered instructions to a few of the teachers gathered in the hallway.
November 22, 1995 |
If some students were allowed an excused absence to see the Pope in early October, shouldn't students who made the Million Man March be excused as well? Board of Education members pondered that question during Monday's board conference meeting after a board member suggested that students who attended the Million Man March be allowed an excused absence. The suggestion stirred a debate and prompted a district investigation of attendance policies. "We cannot say that it's OK to see the Pope and not OK to make the Million Man March," said Cindi Seider Collins, the school board member who brought up the issue.
February 25, 2013
Archbishop Chaput says the next pope faces serious challenges in a church seeking unity. Currents, C1.
May 8, 2001
Welcoming the pope to Damascus, Syrian president Bashar Assad referred to Jews "betray[ing]" Jesus. He should be on the New York Knicks.
October 1, 2015
WILL POPE FRANCIS' urging that we all commit to helping the poor make a difference? I hope the pope's advocacy of the poor not only changes minds but also inspires people to become involved in helping the less fortunate. "Each son or daughter of a given country has a mission, a personal and social responsibility," the pope said during his address to a joint session of Congress. And don't just give your money. Give your time and talents. My husband, who stretches out his workday so that he can have a day off every other week, has decided to spend many of those days accompanying me to a prison in Maryland where we teach financial literacy to inmates.
April 15, 2005
The writer of the April 14 letter "Wrong about Pope" claims that I blamed John Paul II for 12 million AIDS deaths. In fact, I wrote that AIDS killed tens of millions, and I highlighted the plight of 12 million children orphaned by AIDS. I did not blame the Pope for the deaths. I pointed out, however, that in the face of this catastrophe, he refused to ease his opposition to the use of condoms, which can slow the spread of the disease. Frida Ghitis Atlanta
September 10, 1987 |
If Pope John Paul II were to look into the troubled eyes of the Catholic Church in America, he would find a woman looking back. Virtually all the major issues separating American Catholics from the pope are women's issues as well. Abortion, birth control, divorce, premarital sex, sterilization, artificial insemination - all, to a greater or lesser extent, have become means through which women have sought equality with men. "What they all come down to are very personal choices a woman makes in her life: who we love and when we have children," said Patricia Ireland, executive vice president of the National Organization for Women.
October 26, 1994 |
The question is of such grave significance, even the most knowledgeable scholars are reluctant to touch it. Is Pope John Paul II in failing mental health? In his book, "Crossing the Threshold of Hope," there is no hint that the pontiff's obvious physical decline has been accompanied by any diminution of intellectual vitality. But doubts persist. Such doubts were first stated publicly earlier this month by papal physician Dr. Corrado Manni in The European, a widely read weekly newspaper.
May 2, 2005
TO ALL MY brothers and sisters out there who disagree with the Pope and church laws concerning homosexuality, abortion, contraception, euthanasia, fornication (pre-marital sex), adultery, etc.: "Repeat and believe in the Gospel for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand" (Matthew 4:17). Michael J. Jones Philadelphia