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)

Pope John Paul II – a halo too soon?

April 29, 2011

(Pilgrims stand in front of a giant image of Pope John Paul II at St. Peter's Square in the Vatican April 29, 2011/Alessia Pierdomenico)

Belgium urges Vatican to impose harsh punishment on sex abuse bishop

April 15, 2011
(Belgium's Justice Minister Stefaan De Clerck addresses the Justice Committee hearing on child sexual abuse in the Belgian Catholic Church, at the Belgian Parliament in Brussels September 17, 2010. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir )

(Justice Minister Stefaan De Clerck addresses the Justice Committee hearing on child sexual abuse in the Belgian Catholic Church, September 17, 2010/Francois Lenoir )

Pope’s Jesus book raps religious violence, explains exoneration of Jews

March 10, 2011
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(A priest reads Pope Benedict XVI's book "Jesus of Nazareth" in a book shop in Rome March 10, 2011/Max Rossi )

Extend Catholic-Jewish amity to Islam, Jewish official tells dialogue meeting

February 28, 2011
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(An art exhibition poster reading "coexist" using the Islamic crescent, Jewish David Star and Christian cross, in Jerusalem, May 13, 2001 /Reinhard Krause)