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Pope John Paul II

Pope John Paul II

Catholics celebrate the man who would be saint

MORE than a million people crowded into St Peter's Square in Vatican City to celebrate the beatification of the late pope John Paul II as he moved a step closer to sainthood.

Pope John Paul II to be beatified in May

The Pope has approved a miracle attributed to the late Pope John Paul II and set 1 May as the date for him to be beatified.

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Cardinal Newman selflessly followed 'the light of truth'

ON A dreich day in October 2008, a posse of priests and gravediggers arrived at a cemetery in Rednell, outside Birmingham, to transfer the bones of Cardinal John Henry Newman, to a new tomb ahead of his expected elevation to the status of a saint. Yet all they could find was a brass name plate and a few bits of rotten wood.

John Paul II's 1982 visit was unique and electrifying

AFTER the first death, the poet Dylan Thomas famously observed, there is no other. So it is with papal visits. This, the second a reigning Pontiff has made to Scotland, will be every bit as important and memorable as John Paul II's sojourn 28 years ago.

35,000 seats at Pope's mass go unfilled

ONLY 65,000 Catholics are now expected to take part in the papal mass in Scotland tomorrow – one third fewer than originally expected and a mere fraction of the total number in the country.

Edinburgh care home visited by Pope John Paul II set to become luxury flats

FEW homes can boast the selling point that they have been blessed by a Pope.

Sectarianism, sword and security – the truth behind Pope's visit

IT WAS an iconic moment, captured by television cameras worldwide. His Holiness Pope John Paul II, robes billowing in the breeze, marked his first moments on Scottish soil on 31 May, 1982 by kneeling and kissing the tarmac at RAF Turnhouse in Edinburgh.

Announcement on Pope's visit to Scotland expected this week

WITH Pope Benedict XV1 widely tipped to visit Edinburgh on his visit to the UK, we look back to the last time the Pontiff visited Scotland's capital in 1982.

Benedict to follow John Paul II to Scotland

THE Pope is expected to visit Scotland for the first time in almost 30 years, it was reported last night.

Pope calls for rights to religious freedom

POPE Benedict yesterday issued a strong call for religious freedom in Arab countries, saying everyone should have the right to practice their faith openly and to convert to other religions if they wanted.

The truth about how the Pope joined the Hitler Youth, by Chico the cat

POPE Benedict XVI's early life has been laid bare in an authorised biography narrated by his favourite pet cat, Chico.

It ain't you, babe, said the Pope to his predecessor

POPE Benedict XVI tried to prevent his predecessor, John Paul II, from attending a Bob Dylan concert.

Ill health almost made Pope John Paul resign in 2000

POPE John Paul II seriously considered resigning in 2000 because of poor health, his former secretary has disclosed.

John Paul II's popemobile goes under the hammer

AN armoured-plated popemobile used by John Paul II during his visit to Edinburgh was going under the hammer today.

Popemobile for sale - one careful owner

THE famous "Popemobile" used by John Paul II during his 1982 visit to Edinburgh is to be auctioned next month.

Glass act tribute to John Paul

A STAINED glass window commemorating the life of Pope John Paul II has been installed in a Lothian church in one of the first tributes of its kind in Scotland.

Catholics to mark death of John Paul II

CATHOLICS in the UK and Ireland will be marking the first anniversary of the death of Pope John Paul II this weekend.

'Evil' world worried Pope

POPE John Paul II died worrying that the world seemed dominated by the powers of evil, according to a sermon he had prepared for the day after his death, his successor Pope Benedict said yesterday.

Italy says Soviets tried to kill Pope

IT IS "beyond any reasonable doubt" that the Soviet Union was behind the 1981 attempt to kill Pope John Paul II, an Italian parliamentary commission has concluded.

Pope drops title for unity

POPE Benedict has dropped one of his nine official titles, giving up "Patriarch of the West" in a discreet step apparently intended to help promote closer ties with the Orthodox churches of the East.

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