'Crushed' by 2 papacies, John Paul I's death eclipsed life
Pope John Paul I is widely recalled not so much for his life but for the murky circumstances of his abrupt death, 33 days after being elected pontiff in 1978, Now, admirers of the so-called "smiling pope” are using his approaching beatification to focus on the accomplishments of the pope instead of the intrigue surrounding his demise at age 65 which spawned best-sellers alleging he was poisoned or his health was neglected by detractors in the Vatican.
25 years later, Legion of Christ victims seek reparations
A Connecticut newspaper exposed one of the Catholic Church’s biggest sexual abuse scandals by reporting 25 years ago Wednesday that eight men had accused the revered founder of the Legion of Christ religious order of raping and molesting them when they were boys preparing for the priesthood. It took a decade for the Vatican to sanction the founder, the Rev. Marcial Maciel, and another decade for the Legion to admit he was a serial pedophile who had violated at least 60 boys. In the meantime, the original whistleblowers suffered a defamation campaign by the Legion, which branded them liars bent on creating a conspiracy to hurt a man considered a living saint.news.yahoo.com
Pope moves ahead with plans to meet Shiite leader in Iraq
The Vatican on Monday released the itinerary of Francis’ March 5-8 visit to Iraq, his first foreign trip since being grounded for 16 months due to the coronavirus pandemic. The 84-year-old pontiff, who has been vaccinated against COVID-19, apparently intends to go ahead with the trip despite the pandemic and lingering security concerns. Francis had intended to visit Iraq that year, as did St. John Paul II in 2000, but both had to call off their trips due to security concerns. The next day, Francis travels to Najaf, home of al-Sistani, one of the world’s leading Shiite leaders. AdThe slow return of displaced Christians to northern Iraq since the territory was liberated from the Islamic State in 2017 remains a contentious issue.
Why 200,000 people travel each December on foot, by horse and even semitruck to visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Des Plaines
The Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Des Plaines hosts the largest gathering of its kind outside Mexico City. Here's why hundreds of thousands of people gather there yearly from Dec. 11-12.chicagotribune.com
Cardinal Wuerl on the canonization of two popes with two living popes present
Cardinal Wuerl on the canonization of two popes with two living popes present Half a million people packed St. Peter's Square at the Vatican to watch Pope Francis canonize Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II. Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the Archbishop of Washington, DC, was there and talks to the "CBS This Morning" co-hosts about the event.cbsnews.com
Pilgrims flock to Vatican ahead of dual canonization
Pilgrims flock to Vatican ahead of dual canonization The Catholic faithful from around the world are converging on Rome ahead of the historic canonization of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II. Alan Pizzey takes a look at the final preparations before the historic day.cbsnews.com
Catholic Church prepares to canonize two popes
Catholic Church prepares to canonize two popes A massive crowd of pilgrims is expected to witness the ceremonies in Vatican City that will canonize Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II. The canonization of saints in the Roman Catholic Church began more than a thousand years ago when Pope John Paul XV bestowed the honor on a German bishop. Allen Pizzey reports.cbsnews.com
From the archives: Massive crowds come see Pope John Paul II celebrate Mass in Central Park
From the archives: Massive crowds come see Pope John Paul II celebrate Mass in Central Park From the CBS News archives, throngs of people turn out to get a glimpse of Pope John Paul II as he celebrates Mass in New York City's Central Park in 1995. CBS News Peter Van Sant reports.cbsnews.com