Pope’s visit should make U.S. better

Freedom New Mexico The most vivid impression most Americans have of Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to the United States is likely to be the attention he paid to the clergy sexual abuse scandal that has rocked the Roman Catholic Church in the United States (and in other countries as well). He brought it up unbidden [...]

Area residents reflect on Pope’s visit

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom New Mexico Catholic priests in Clovis and Portales describe Pope Benedict XVI’s historic visit to the U.S. this week as a shepherd tending his flock while Ted Olmos of Clovis recalls the “awe” of seeing another pontiff, John Paul II, in 1987. Following a visit to Ground Zero in New York [...]

Pope’s visit marks historic event

By Helena Rodriguez: CNJ Columnist Here’s another great reason to countdown to April 15. Besides it being Tax Day on Tuesday — whoopie — and Mom’s birthday — hooray — it’s also the day Pope Benedict XVI arrives in the United States. For B-16, this will be his first visit to the United States as [...]

Violence not best way to obtain power

By Leonard Pitts: syndicated columnist I’m probably going to have to apologize for this column, so let’s get that out of the way: I’m sorry. I did not intend to offend Islam or its followers. I respect Islam and, indeed, all the ways humanity worships and seeks its Maker. With that taken care of, let [...]

Holland, Jerry

Jerry Holland, 41, of Roswell died Thursday, April 13, 2006, in Roswell. Born Aug. 1, 1964, in Clovis, he graduated from Roswell High School in 1982 and in 1984 from TVI in Albuquerque with a degree in diesel mechanics. Since returning to Roswell, he had been employed by Estes International, New Mexico Machinery, Precision Electric [...]

Commercializing love obscures meaning

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist Tuesday is V-Day, a holiday like Christmas that started out as a religious observation but has been turned into a commercial campaign in which we’re told to buy our affection from others. Know what I mean? Diamonds are a girl’s best friend. Say “I love you” with roses, but keep [...]

Pope could restore home country’s image

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated Columnist There has not been a pope from Germany for nearly 1,000 years, and plenty of people in Britain could have waited another 1,000. After Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was elected, one newspaper blared, “From Hitler Youth to Papa Ratzi,” and other tabloids trumpeted his nicknames, which include “God’s Rottweiler” and the [...]

Involuntary service not sign of totalitarian

Freedom Newspapers The bells heralding Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany’s election as Pope Benedict XVI had barely faded when critics asserted the Bavaria-born Ratzinger had served in the Hitler Youth and was conscripted as a non-soldier “helper” in the German Army during World War II. That the teenage Ratzinger’s time in such involuntary service somehow [...]

Praise for new pope

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After taking the name Pope Benedict XVI, German Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger greets the crowd Tuesday in St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City, Italy. Ratzinger was elected by 115 cardinals as the 265th pontiff. (KRT photo: Laurent Zabulon) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The mood outside Guadalupe Catholic Church was jubilant. As bells tolled, announcing [...]

German cardinal elected pope

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany, the church’s leading hard-liner, has been elected the new pope in the first conclave of the new millennium. He chose the name Pope Benedict XVI and called himself “a simple, humble worker.” Ratzinger, the first German pope since the 11th century, emerged onto the balcony of [...]