John Paul Ii

  • Hundreds of thousands watch two popes become saints April 27, 2014

    Vatican City: Pope Francis proclaimed his predecessors John XXIII and John Paul II saints in front of more than half a million pilgrims on Sunday, hailing both as courageous men who withstood the tragedies of the 20th century. Cheers and applause rang out across St Peter's Square after the historic double...
  • Italy police recover blood cloth from relic of Pope John Paul February 3, 2014

    Police on Friday recovered the piece of cloth stained with the blood of the late Pope John Paul, a day after they found the stolen gold and glass case which once contained the relic. They told a news conference in L'Aquila, east of Rome, that they found the fragment in the...
  • Italy Church appeals to thieves to return John Paul blood relic January 29, 2014

    The Catholic Church has appealed to thieves to return a reliquary containing the blood of the late Pope John Paul II that disappeared in what it called a "vile and sacrilegious theft". The gold reliquary was stolen on the weekend from a small stone church, San Pietro della Ienca, in the...
  • Thieves steal Pope John Paul's blood from Italy church January 28, 2014

    Thieves broke into a small church in the mountains east of Rome over the weekend and stole a reliquary with the blood of the late Pope John Paul II, a custodian said on Monday. Dozens of police with sniffer dogs scoured the remote area for clues to what the Italian Catholic...
  • Pope installed as bishop of Rome, appeals to lapsed faithful April 8, 2013

    Rome: Pope Francis was formally installed as bishop of Rome on Sunday and he urged lapsed Catholics not to be afraid to return to God. Francis celebrated a Mass before thousands of people in the Rome Basilica of St John in Lateran to formally take possession of the cathedral in his...
  • Sculpture of Pope John Paul II decried as ugly May 21, 2011

    Rome: A new, modernist sculpture of Pope John Paul II is turning into a monumental bust. The Vatican on Friday slammed the giant artwork outside Rome's Termini Train Station, saying it doesn't even resemble the late pontiff. Some Romans and tourists say the bronze statue looks more like Italy's wartime dictator...
  • Pope Benedict set to beatify John Paul II January 13, 2011

    Vatican City: Former Pope John Paul II will move a step closer to sainthood this week when his successor Pope Benedict approves the case for his beatification, Vatican sources said Wednesday. In "a few days" the Vatican's Prefect for the Causes of Saints, Cardinal Angelo Amato, is expected present Benedict with...
  • Sainthood still awaits Mother Teresa August 26, 2010

    Kolkata: Mother Teresa is revered in India and the around the world but her sainthood has yet to be declared. Mother House in Kolkata is abuzz with preparations for the birth centenary celebrations of the one many called the Messiah of the poor and needy. But even as Mother Teresa turns...
  • Man who shot Pope John Paul released from prison January 18, 2010

    Ankara: The man who tried to kill Pope John Paul II nearly 30 years ago was released from a Turkish prison on Monday, rekindling the mystery over whether he acted alone or had been hired by a Soviet-era secret service. Mehmet Ali Agca served 19 years in an Italian...
  • Kerala nun to be saint before Mother Teresa March 3, 2008

    New Delhi: Sister Alphonsa from Kerala will become the first nun from India to be canonised by the Vatican ahead of Mother Teresa. She will become Saint Alphonsa on October 12 this year. The date was announced after a formal meeting of the Pope and other cardinals in the Vatican...