Christianity integral part of culture

By Mona Charen They stood in a line that stretched at least a mile, sometimes 30 abreast. Huddled in blankets in the evening cold, and gratefully accepting bottled water from priests patrolling the line during the hot daylight hours, the mourners — who wanted one last glimpse of Pope John Paul II — waited patiently […]

Pope illustrated human potential for greatness

Freedom Newspapers He was spiritual, religious, charismatic, prayerful, full of grace, kind and gentle. He was gentile and unflinchingly firm in espousing his principles. He was a prince of peace and a man of forgiveness. He was an athlete and a victim and survivor of violence. He was a Pole, an unflinching foe of wars […]

Pope John Paul II hard act to follow

By Helena Rodriguez When we lived in Abilene, Texas, my daughter, Laura, called me from a youth conference at the archdiocese in San Angelo and excitedly exclaimed, “I met The Pope!” I was like “What?” and then I started rolling in laughter. When I told this to my friend, Debra Vasquez, who was the religious […]

Appeal of pope crosses religious boundaries

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Father Sotero Sena performs the consecration of the bread and wine during mass Saturday at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Clovis. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer A somber procession of parishioners filed out of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church on Saturday night following mass, embracing deacons, […]

World mourns pope’s death

By Liz Sly and Tom Hundley: Chicago Tribune VATICAN CITY — Pope John Paul II, the man who led the Catholic church for a generation with vision, drive and charisma, died Saturday, bringing an end to his prolonged personal suffering and to a historic era for the world. In a brief statement issued 15 minutes […]

Pope’s health tempers Easter celebrations

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Deacon Daniel Chavez performs the “Veneration of the Cross” at Mass Friday at San Jose Mission Catholic Church in Texico. Catholics celebrate the ressurection of Jesus Christ on Easter. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Correspondent Pope John Paul II will be on the hearts and minds of area Catholics today as […]

Critics seek De Baca County sheriff’s ouster

By Darrell Todd Maurina, CNJ STAFF WRITER Gary Graves says he won’t go despite petition. Rex Pope once supported Sheriff Gary Graves and his election campaign. Now, the man who’s lived in De Baca County for 17 years said he has collected more than 300 signatures of people he says want Graves out of the […]

Pope’s humane legacy will live on through the ages

Freedom Newspapers “May you live 100 years!” shouted Poles when Pope John Paul II first visited his homeland in 1979 after having been elected pope in 1978. The ailing pope, who last week celebrated the 25th year of his pontificate, might not make it that long. But he has accomplished so much it will seem […]