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By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | April 27, 2014
Minutes from meeting Pope John Paul II in 1995, Justin Farinelli of Pasadena had one fear racing through his mind. "I didn't want to drop the flowers," he recalled last week with a laugh. "They were almost as big as I was. " Farinelli, 9 years old at the time, was among two children selected from local Catholic churches to greet the pope when he visited Baltimore on Oct. 8, 1995. With the canonization of the late pope scheduled for Sunday, April 27, Farinelli is reflecting on the man who helped to humanize his faith.
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April 28, 2014
The pending sainthood of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII may be a bit rushed ( "St. Pius X parishioners recall role in visit of Pope John Paul II," April 23). Both were allegedly cognizant that under their tenure there were heinous sexual crimes supposedly committed by men of the cloth, men of the Roman Catholic Church, in parishes around the world. This is a plea from a former Roman Catholic for the Vatican to become transparent in a time when anything less is simply unacceptable.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | April 27, 2014
Ever since she met Pope John Paul II when she was a schoolgirl in 1995, Melissa Brent has frequently replayed the brief encounter in her mind. But when she learned that John Paul would be canonized as a saint this weekend, she burst into tears. "Everything was just real, all of those emotions just hit me at once. … All these years and it's like, 'Wow, I met a saint and I can feel it,' " said Brent, a 26-year-old nurse now living in Virginia Beach. In 1995, Brent was living in Columbia with her family and attending third grade at St. William of York School in Baltimore.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | April 27, 2014
Ever since she met Pope John Paul II when she was a schoolgirl in 1995, Melissa Brent has frequently replayed the brief encounter in her mind. But when she learned that John Paul would be canonized as a saint this weekend, she burst into tears. "Everything was just real, all of those emotions just hit me at once. … All these years and it's like, 'Wow, I met a saint and I can feel it,' " said Brent, a 26-year-old nurse now living in Virginia Beach. In 1995, Brent was living in Columbia with her family and attending third grade at St. William of York School in Baltimore.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | December 19, 2013
George Frank Thompson, who made and served lunch to Pope John Paul II on his visit to Baltimore and who had earlier mixed drinks for five presidents as a Capitol Hill barman, died Dec. 14 at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. He was 98 and lived in the Otterbein section of the Inner Harbor. Family members said that he was hurt in a fall on a transit bus two months ago and died of complications from that injury. Born in Baltimore, he was the son of Edward and Emma Milburn Thompson.
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April 28, 2014
The pending sainthood of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII may be a bit rushed ( "St. Pius X parishioners recall role in visit of Pope John Paul II," April 23). Both were allegedly cognizant that under their tenure there were heinous sexual crimes supposedly committed by men of the cloth, men of the Roman Catholic Church, in parishes around the world. This is a plea from a former Roman Catholic for the Vatican to become transparent in a time when anything less is simply unacceptable.
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December 24, 2009
Bishop John H. Ricard, who served 13 years in the Archdiocese of Baltimore, is alert and resting comfortably after suffering a stroke Tuesday, according to the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee. The 69-year-old bishop was upgraded from critical to serious condition at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, where he was admitted with symptoms of a stroke, according to the diocese. A CT scan confirmed the stroke. Ricard was a popular auxilliary bishop in Baltimore from 1984 until 1997, when he was named by Pope John Paul II to head the Pensacola-Tallahassee diocese.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | May 1, 2011
With prayers, processions and Polish food, Roman Catholics in Baltimore joined millions of other church members worldwide Sunday in celebrating the life of the late Pope John Paul II — the only pontiff to have visited the city — as he moved a step closer to sainthood. Archbishop Edwin F. O'Brien, head of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, presided over a Mass at the Basilica of the Assumption marking the Sunday after Easter as well as the beatification in Rome of John Paul II. Then, after the Mass, the archbishop led a procession around the block to a "peace" garden dedicated to the late pope for an outdoor prayer service there.
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By Stephen J. Stahley | April 16, 2010
There may well be a silver lining threaded within the dark, menacing cloud that now blankets the Vatican — a cloud that grows heavier with each new disclosure of clerical sex abuse. The long-suppressed promise of the Second Vatican Council may, at long last, gather the necessary energy and velocity, as does a hurricane swirling over open water. Should this happen, the overdue reforms formulated by Vatican II may flood into the church. As proclaimed by the pope who convened it, John XXIII, the intent of Vatican II (1962-65)
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By John Rivera and John Rivera,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | January 28, 1999
ST. LOUIS -- Pope John Paul II, in the final day of his pilgrimage to the Americas, yesterday called on the nation's Roman Catholics to be "unconditionally pro-life" and renewed his absolute opposition to the death penalty. The pope returned to Rome last night aboard Shepherd I, a specially outfitted TWA jet, after a weeklong trip that took him to Mexico and concluded with a 30-hour stopover in St. Louis. At a prayer service last night at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis -- attended by Vice President Al Gore and civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks -- the pope greeted leaders of St. Louis' Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Protestant and Orthodox Christian communities.
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By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | April 27, 2014
Minutes from meeting Pope John Paul II in 1995, Justin Farinelli of Pasadena had one fear racing through his mind. "I didn't want to drop the flowers," he recalled last week with a laugh. "They were almost as big as I was. " Farinelli, 9 years old at the time, was among two children selected from local Catholic churches to greet the pope when he visited Baltimore on Oct. 8, 1995. With the canonization of the late pope scheduled for Sunday, April 27, Farinelli is reflecting on the man who helped to humanize his faith.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | December 19, 2013
George Frank Thompson, who made and served lunch to Pope John Paul II on his visit to Baltimore and who had earlier mixed drinks for five presidents as a Capitol Hill barman, died Dec. 14 at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. He was 98 and lived in the Otterbein section of the Inner Harbor. Family members said that he was hurt in a fall on a transit bus two months ago and died of complications from that injury. Born in Baltimore, he was the son of Edward and Emma Milburn Thompson.
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October 12, 2011
Conservative media outlets have criticized the Occupy Wall Street protesters as mob-like, left-wing extremists with no voice and no real agenda - or as the Democrats' answer to the tea party. But the protesters' critique of capitalist society can't be so easily dismissed. Pope John Paul II was a great leader who played an important role in the collapse of communism and the fall of the Berlin wall. But he was also a sharp critic of the shortcomings of capitalist societies that were not balanced with morals and values.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | May 1, 2011
With prayers, processions and Polish food, Roman Catholics in Baltimore joined millions of other church members worldwide Sunday in celebrating the life of the late Pope John Paul II — the only pontiff to have visited the city — as he moved a step closer to sainthood. Archbishop Edwin F. O'Brien, head of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, presided over a Mass at the Basilica of the Assumption marking the Sunday after Easter as well as the beatification in Rome of John Paul II. Then, after the Mass, the archbishop led a procession around the block to a "peace" garden dedicated to the late pope for an outdoor prayer service there.
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By Stephen J. Stahley | April 16, 2010
There may well be a silver lining threaded within the dark, menacing cloud that now blankets the Vatican — a cloud that grows heavier with each new disclosure of clerical sex abuse. The long-suppressed promise of the Second Vatican Council may, at long last, gather the necessary energy and velocity, as does a hurricane swirling over open water. Should this happen, the overdue reforms formulated by Vatican II may flood into the church. As proclaimed by the pope who convened it, John XXIII, the intent of Vatican II (1962-65)
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By Jacques Kelly | March 1, 2010
John Kennedy Gutierrez, a Woodberry-based metals artisan who was part of the design team for the Pope John Paul II Prayer Garden, died of cancer Thursday at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The Medfield resident was 45. "He had an indomitable spirit and the things he made were magic," said Baltimore developer William Struever. "He was a rock, a pillar of goodwill. His works were gorgeous but always enormously practical." Mr. Gutierrez worked with numerous architects and designers and helped create Woodberry Kitchen, Tapas Teatro, Red Star and Copra restaurants.
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April 3, 2005
"I say to you today: Always be brave. Do not be afraid. Do not be afraid. Do not be afraid. God is with you. Do not be afraid to search for God always. Then you will truly be the land of the free and the home of the brave." From his Mass in Central Park, 1995
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April 3, 2005
THE GOOD PASTOR gives his life for the flock. A frail John Paul II voiced that simple declaration on his silver anniversary. It was his way of saying he intended to carry on his mission despite his infirmities. Now, at his death, his words stand as a testament to his 26-year papacy. In his last years, Parkinson's disease crippled the globe-trotting, multilingual pope, who as a younger bishop cut a dashing figure on the ski slopes. He became stooped and could barely walk and, at the end, was robbed of his ability to speak.
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By Jacques Kelly | jacques.kelly@baltsun.com | February 26, 2010
John Kennedy Gutierrez, a Woodberry-based metals artisan who was part of the design team for the Pope John Paul II Prayer Garden, died of cancer Thursday at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The Medfield resident was 45. "He had an indomitable spirit and the things he made were magic," said Baltimore developer William Struever. "He was a rock, a pillar of goodwill. His works were gorgeous but always enormously practical." Mr. Gutierrez worked with numerous architects and designers and helped create the Woodberry Kitchen, Tapas Teatro, Red Star and Copra restaurants.
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December 24, 2009
Bishop John H. Ricard, who served 13 years in the Archdiocese of Baltimore, is alert and resting comfortably after suffering a stroke Tuesday, according to the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee. The 69-year-old bishop was upgraded from critical to serious condition at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, where he was admitted with symptoms of a stroke, according to the diocese. A CT scan confirmed the stroke. Ricard was a popular auxilliary bishop in Baltimore from 1984 until 1997, when he was named by Pope John Paul II to head the Pensacola-Tallahassee diocese.
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