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Stronger pope canonises new saints

Pope John Paul was in the news on many fronts over the weekend, as his stamina during Sunday's two-hour canonisation ceremony on the steps of St Peter's Basilica dispelled rumors of his imminent death.

During the ceremony, the Holy Father showed no particular signs of weakness, although his difficulty in movement was apparent. In recent weeks he has often allowed an aide to read his homilies, but he was able to do this for himself on Sunday.

The new saints are:
German Arnold Janssen (1837-1909), founder of the Divine Word Missionaries and the Missionary Sister Servants of the Holy Spirit.
Italian Josef Freinademetz (1852-1908), a Divine Word missionary who spread the Gospel in China.
Italian Daniel Comboni (1831-1881), founder of the Comboni missionary congregation.

Catholic World News

Pope Stronger, Declares New Saints (UPI)
Pope Names Saints In Lively Ceremony (AP)
Catholic missionaries canonized as saints (GNA)
Cardinal Saraiva on Why the Pope Canonizes and Beatifies So Many (Zenit)
Ailing Pope Names Three New Saints (AP)
Pope delights faithful in St Peter's Square (Irish Examiner)
Pope quells death rumours (BBC)
How Do You Pick a Pope? (Slate)
John L. Allen, Word from Rome: The pope's health; A look at the new cardinals; More news of the liturgy abuse draft document (National Catholic Reporter)
Cardinal Re reports "nothing alarming" about Pope's health (Catholic World News)
German Cardinal calls for respect for Pope's privacy (Catholic World News)
Vatican plays down reports about Pope's health (Independent Catholic News)
My uncle's tipped to be the first black pope (Daily Record, Scotland)
Pope's aides admit he is unable to work normally (The Guardian)
Pope quells death rumours (BBC)
No Reason for Alarm About Pope's Health, Says Cardinal Re (Zenit)
Ailing Pope Insists on Making Pompeii Pilgrimage (The Scotsman)
Poland Wants to See John Paul II Again (Zenit)
3 Missionaries Canonized by John Paul II (Zenit)

During Saturday's audience, Pope John Paul II warned the archbishop of Canterbury of "serious difficulties" in efforts to unify the Roman Catholic and Anglican churches, pressing the Vatican's case against the US Episcopal Church's election of its first openly gay bishop.

The visit was the first to the Vatican by Archbishop Rowan Williams since his installation in February and came two weeks before an emergency meeting of the Anglican Communion's 38 primates to discuss the controversial election of the openly gay US bishop.


Split between Pope, archbishop (The Advertiser)
Pope Sees "Serious Difficulties" on Path Toward Catholic-Anglican Unity (Zenit)
Pope warns of new 'difficulties' on path to unity between Roman Catholic, Anglican churches (AP)
John Paul II's Address to Archbishop of Canterbury (Zenit)
Pope warns Anglicans (AP)
[Anglican] Archbishops clash on the issue of homosexuals (The Age)
Archbishop and Pope meet for first time (Ananova)
Pope warns Anglican leader on new obstacles to ecumenical progress (Catholic World News)
Cardinal Kasper cautions Canterbury on gay bishops (Catholic World News)
Church rifts remain after Pope meets Archbishop (The Observer)
Pope warns Archbishop of Canterbury over gay clergy issue (Independent Catholic News)
Archbishop of Canterbury pays homage to 'dying' Pope (London Daily Telegraph)
Archbishop of Canterbury meets Pope (London Daily Telegraph)
Pope Tells Anglican Homosexual Clergy Blocks Unity (Reuters)
Archbishop of Canterbury's greeting to Pope John Paul II (Anglican Communion News Service)
Photograph of the Archbishop of Canterbury and Mrs Jane Williams visiting Pope John Paul II (Anglican Communion News Service)
Archbishop of Canterbury visits Rome (Anglican Communion News Service)

Head of the Oslo Peace Research Institute and a veteran Nobel Prize observer Stein Toennesson has told reporters that Pope John Paul II is his "favourite" among candidates for this year's Nobel Peace Prize. His reasons include timeliness (the Pope's Silver Jubilee), and his increasing frailty, which suggests time is running out for the Nobel committee to honour him. But according to Toennesson, the main factor working in the pope's favour is his outspoken opposition to the war in Iraq.

Catholic News Service

Nobel peace prize for John Paul II? (Catholic World News)
Nobel Peace Prize Hard to Tip, But Jacko Out (Reuters)

Foreign Minister Alexander Downer has had an audience with Pope John Paul II. He says he congratulated the Pope on the 25th anniversary of his appointment, which occurs later this month.

The Foreign Minister says they discussed efforts on inter-faith dialogue and cooperation, especially between Christians and Muslims.

Australia's foreign minister meets with the Pope (ABC)

Visit to the Holy See (Foreign Minister's website)
Pope not at death's door, says Downer (The Australian)

7 Oct 2003