Aircrew transports wounded warriors

By Lt. Col. Ann Peru Knabe: 440th Airlift Wing Public Affairs Pope Air Force Base, N.C. — Almost three years have passed since aircrews in the 440th Airlift Wing here started flying special missions known as Integrated CONUS Medical Operations Plan missions.

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 […]

21st Special Tactics Squadron remembers fallen comrad

By 1st Lt. Amy Cooper, Air Force Special Operations Command Public Affairs POPE AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. — It was standing room only at a memorial service held here March 26 honoring a combat controller recently killed in Afghanistan.

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 […]

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 […]