from Photographers' Blog:

How I became a pilgrim

May 10, 2011

I grew up in a country with deep Catholic traditions. I was just a year old in 1978 when Polish cardinal Karol Wojtyla became Pope John Paul II. It was a huge surprise in the then‐communist country, a satellite of the Soviet Union, that a son of Polish soil could become the head of the Catholic Church - which was painfully divided by the Iron Curtain.

Philippine Catholic bishops clash with Aquino over contraception bill

By Reuters Staff
May 10, 2011

(Participants sit below a huge banner during a mass against a reproductive health (RH) bill in Luneta park, metro Manila, March 25, 2011/Romeo Ranoco)

Rare rally tests Vietnam’s religious tolerance

May 6, 2011

(Catholic seminarians attend Easter Sunday Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral in Hanoi April 24, 2011/Kham)

Vatican condemns Canadian ex-bishop over child porn

May 5, 2011

(Bishop Raymond Lahey arrives at a police station in Ottawa October 1, 2009 to face child pornography charges/Chris Wattie )

Excerpts of Pope Benedict’s homily at beatification of John Paul

By Reuters Staff
May 1, 2011

(Pope Benedict XVI arrives to lead the mass for the beatification of Pope John Paul II in St. Peter's square at the Vatican May 1, 2011/ Max Rossi )

Eyewitness: How John Paul made an Italian-American “part Polish”

May 1, 2011

Reuters Vatican correspondent Philip Pullella covered the late Pope John Paul for almost all of the pontiff’s 26-year papacy and followed him on most of his many voyages around the world.  In keeping with news agency tradition, his reports focused on the pope and rarely if ever mentioned his own feelings as he followed him year in and year out. On the day that John Paul was beatified, we want to break that tradition and give readers Phil’s personal view of his experience covering the Polish pope.*

Pope John Paul beatified before huge crowd at the Vatican

May 1, 2011

(A view of the crowd in Saint Peter's Square during the beatification mass for Pope John Paul II led by Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican May 1, 2011/Stefano Rellandini)

Pilgrims make long, arduous trips to fete John Paul

May 1, 2011

(Pilgrims rest at St.Peter's Square in Rome April 30, 2011/Giampiero Sposito)

Factbox: Roman Catholic Church’s saint-making process

By Reuters Staff
April 29, 2011

(Pope John Paul II covers his face during mass in Banska Bistrica in this September 12, 2003 file photo/Radu Sigheti)

Timeline: Life and times of Pope John Paul II

By Reuters Staff
April 29, 2011

(The special edition postage stamps of the late Pope John Paul II, valued at 0.60 euro ($0.89) each, are seen in Rome April 29, 2011/Alessia Pierdomenico)