Politics shadow pope on Palestinian visit


I wrote this story for the Dallas Morning News. It was published on March 23, 2000. Pope John Paul II, one of the world’s enduring symbols of peace, journeyed to the traditional birthplace of Christ on Wednesday, kissed Palestinian soil and knelt in prayer. But on the gritty streets away from the pope’s heavily guarded

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Cries for liberty at end of Pope’s trip


I wrote this story with Alfredo Corchado and Christine Wicker. It was published on Jan. 26, 1998. HAVANA – With Fidel Castro’s gaze upon him and cries of “liberty” filling the air, Pope John Paul II on Sunday urged Cuba’s communist leaders to allow the Roman Catholic Church to help rebuild this proud, beleaguered nation.

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Pope brings a message of hope


I wrote this story with journalist Alfredo Corchado. It was published on Jan. 22, 1998. HAVANA – Pope John Paul II, an unrelenting anti-communist, arrived on the Western Hemisphere’s last Marxist outpost Wednesday, shook hands with Fidel Castro and told Cubans to “not be afraid to open your hearts to Christ. ” “On this apostolic

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