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By Edward Gunts and Edward Gunts,Sun Staff Writer | July 27, 1995
When Pope John Paul II visits Baltimore in October, he may find himself sharing the limelight with another famous world traveler, Christopher Columbus.In recent weeks, the Columbus Center, the Inner Harbor marine research center named after the 15th-century explorer, has become the local command center for Archdiocese of Baltimore representatives and others preparing for the Oct. 8 visit of Pope John Paul II.That temporary use may pay off in the form of international exposure for Baltimore's newest attraction, which combines laboratories for research with exhibits that help explain the underlying science .Laboratories on the east side of the building opened last spring and a Science and Technology Education Center will open Sept.
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By Edward Gunts and Edward Gunts,Sun architecture critic | March 10, 2008
Some college students go to Cancun or Daytona Beach for spring break. Ryan Mullen and J.P. Mikolajczyk started theirs inside a cavernous metal shop in Glen Burnie, helping to build an altar for Pope Benedict XVI to use next month when he visits the nation's capital. The architecture students from Catholic University of America won a competition to design the altar, chair and pulpit for the pontiff when he celebrates Mass at the new Nationals Park on April 17. Construction began last week on the papal furnishings, with four Maryland companies playing key roles in the process - and with the students forgoing a trip home to monitor the work.
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By Frank P. L. Somerville and Frank P. L. Somerville,Sun Staff Writer | August 18, 1995
Gov. Parris N. Glendening has defended the level of state spending on the pope's October visit to Baltimore against charges by a national watchdog group that it violates First Amendment guarantees of religious freedom.In an exchange of letters with Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Mr. Glendening said, "As with any major event, the state has an obligation to provide for the public safety and convenience of visitors. It is also important that we acknowledge and maximize the tourism potential of this event."
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By Janice D'Arcy and Janice D'Arcy,SUN STAFF | May 21, 2005
Wearing a hard hat and a white collar, Cardinal William H. Keeler led a tour yesterday of the half-restored Basilica of the Assumption in downtown Baltimore, all the while hinting to contractors that he expects the project to be finished early. "I've told people in Rome that the weather is nicer in Baltimore in October than it is in Rome," he said, referring to the invitation he has sent Pope Benedict XVI to attend the basilica's rededication -- a ceremony scheduled for November next year.
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By Sandy Banisky and Sandy Banisky,Sun Staff Writer | July 2, 1994
Pope John Paul II's 10-hour visit to Baltimore is less than four months away and -- who would be surprised -- the administrations of Maryland Gov. William Donald Schaefer and Baltimore Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke have different ideas on how to welcome the church leader.The view from City Hall:"It's not the All Star Game," says mayoral aide Lynnette Young. "It's the pope's visit. This is a man of the cloth."The view from the State House:"It's like the All Star Game, when all the press came," says Lainy LeBow-Sachs, public relations director for the governor.
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October 1, 1995
IN DOLLAR terms, tourism officials are expecting a statewide economic impact of some $19.1 million in hotel, restaurant and other revenues connected to the one-day visit of Pope John Paul II to Baltimore next Sunday. There are, of course, no tangible numbers to place on the spiritual benefits, but they will be substantial. A papal visit -- particularly one to a city as important to American Catholicism as Baltimore has been -- cannot help but uplift the entire community.Cardinal William H. Keeler has suggested that Catholics abstain from eating meat on Fridays as part of their spiritual preparation for the visit.
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February 26, 2000
THE VISIT of Pope John Paul II to Egypt symbolizes the need for Islam and Christendom to coexist. The world is too small for them not to do so. Yet communal strife between members of the two great faiths flares in Egypt, other Arab countries, Eastern Europe, Western Europe, the Russian Caucasus, Indonesia, even northern Nigeria. This is the first visit of a pontiff to Egypt. Despite his personal agenda of visiting such Biblical sites as Mount Sinai, the world sees a healing, ecumenical mission to the modern world.
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By John Rivera and John Rivera,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | January 21, 1998
HAVANA -- Gladis Pose, clutching a plastic bag of groceries, walked across Plaza de la Revolucion yesterday morning and saw an unbelievable sight: a giant picture of the Sacred Heart of Jesus overlooking the Communist nation's political center."
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By John Rivera and John Rivera,SUN STAFF | December 30, 1997
In what he called "a sign of solidarity" with a struggling church, Cardinal William H. Keeler leaves this morning for Cuba, where he will celebrate New Year's Day Mass in Havana and visit with Roman Catholic officials.Keeler noted that Pope John Paul II visited the United States twice while the Baltimore prelate was president of the National Council of Catholic Bishops in the early 1990s. "I hope that any counsel I can give with respect to preparing for the papal visit will be helpful," Keeler said.
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September 29, 1995
An article in Tuesday's Sun incorrectly reported that renovations costing $165,000 to the Basilica of the Assumption were made in preparation for Pope John Paul II's visit Oct. 8. According to the Rev. Michael White, program director for the papal visit, the maintenance and renewal projects had been long planned and were not related to the visit.The Sun regrets the error.
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February 26, 2000
THE VISIT of Pope John Paul II to Egypt symbolizes the need for Islam and Christendom to coexist. The world is too small for them not to do so. Yet communal strife between members of the two great faiths flares in Egypt, other Arab countries, Eastern Europe, Western Europe, the Russian Caucasus, Indonesia, even northern Nigeria. This is the first visit of a pontiff to Egypt. Despite his personal agenda of visiting such Biblical sites as Mount Sinai, the world sees a healing, ecumenical mission to the modern world.
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By Mark Matthews and Mark Matthews,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | October 19, 1999
NAZARETH, Israel -- Jerusalem is usually the place that dominates religious animosities in the Holy Land. But lately, Nazareth has been competing for attention in a dispute that's even aroused the Vatican.It started two years ago with the demolition of a Muslim school. Since then, the dispute between Muslims and Christians in the city where Jesus grew up has sparked outbreaks of violence and become a crisis that threatens Pope John Paul II's trip next year to the Holy Land to celebrate the year 2000.
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By John Rivera | February 8, 1998
By inviting Pope John Paul II last month to Cuba, the last bastion of socialism in the Western hemisphere, President Fidel Castro took a calculated risk.For five days, he listened politely as John Paul, the "avenging angel" of anti-communism, repeatedly demanded freedom for Cuban citizens, the release of political prisoners and a greater role for the Catholic Church. The pope denounced Marxist-Leninist ideology and warned Cubans against embracing "false Messiahs," likely an oblique reference to the cult of Fidelismo.
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By John Rivera and John Rivera,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | January 21, 1998
HAVANA -- Gladis Pose, clutching a plastic bag of groceries, walked across Plaza de la Revolucion yesterday morning and saw an unbelievable sight: a giant picture of the Sacred Heart of Jesus overlooking the Communist nation's political center."
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By John Rivera and John Rivera,SUN STAFF | January 3, 1998
Cardinal William H. Keeler, returning to Baltimore last night after a four-day visit to Cuba, said he saw signs that the Communist regime is allowing the church to operate more freely in the weeks before the arrival of Pope Pope John Paul II.Keeler traveled to Cuba with a Catholic Relief Services delegation that brought nearly $200,000 worth of badly needed antibiotics and vitamins.Cuban church officials had complained that the government-controlled media were not allowing news of the papal visit to be published or broadcast, Keeler said.
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By John Rivera and John Rivera,SUN STAFF | December 30, 1997
In what he called "a sign of solidarity" with a struggling church, Cardinal William H. Keeler leaves this morning for Cuba, where he will celebrate New Year's Day Mass in Havana and visit with Roman Catholic officials.Keeler noted that Pope John Paul II visited the United States twice while the Baltimore prelate was president of the National Council of Catholic Bishops in the early 1990s. "I hope that any counsel I can give with respect to preparing for the papal visit will be helpful," Keeler said.
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By Dan Berger | October 9, 1995
The papal visit was wonderful. We must do this again soon.They could always dispense with juries and let the people vote on big murder trials and public hangings.Turning economic development over to a nursing-home magnate was Hizzoner's clearest recognition yet of who still lives in Baltimore.All sides in Bosnia agreed to a 60-day trial cease-fire just to see if they would like it.5/8
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By John Rivera and John Rivera,SUN STAFF | December 2, 1995
Just in time for the holidays, it's the papal merchandise clearance sale!With the same enthusiasm that went into preparations for Pope John Paul II's visit Oct. 8, the Archdiocese of Baltimore is putting on a two-day event at St. Mary's Seminary in Roland Park today and tomorrow, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., where papal souvenirs will be on sale.If you're looking for that unique Christmas gift or stocking stuffer -- a mug or pennant with the papal logo, a banner from the papal parade route, a photo of a loved one with the pontiff -- this is your chance.
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By LOS ANGELES TIMES | May 29, 1997
WARSAW, Poland -- Major provisions of Poland's deeply divisive abortion rights law were struck down yesterday as unconstitutional in a far-reaching decision that says abortion violates the country's nascent democratic legal order.The 9-3 ruling by the Polish Constitutional Tribunal virtually ensures that abortion, with few exceptions, will once again become illegal in Poland, reopening one of the country's most painful social wounds just five months after the liberalized law took effect."The first article of our constitution names Poland as a democratic state based on the rule of law," said Tribunal President Andrzej Zoll.
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February 9, 1996
IN HIS week-long trip to three Central American countries and Venezuela, Pope John Paul II has returned to a region that has changed markedly since his last visit in 1983. Except for Guatemala, which remains in the throes of a decades-long civil war, Latin America have seen a waning of armed violence, but a rise in religious divisions.For Catholics, the divisions are the legacy of the often-bitter struggle to implement the church's ideal of supporting the poor. Since the Second Vatican Council 30 years ago, Catholic theologians, clerics and lay people have attempted to transform the council's "preferential option for the poor" from words into reality.
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