Articles by Philip Pullella



Moscow Stradivarius, Guarneri Play in Italy

  • 24 March 11
  • Reuters
To music lovers, listening to violin and cello virtuosi play one Stradivarius or one Guarneri  instrument would be a touch of heaven by itself, but hearing a dozen at the same time is something to die for.

Vatican Documents Clear Knights Templar

  • 15 October 07
  • Reuters
The Knights Templar, a medieval Christian military order accused of heresy and sexual misconduct, will be partly rehabilitated when the Vatican publishes trial documents it has guarded for 700 years.

Benedict Meets Orthodox Leader

  • 01 December 06
  • Reuters
The pope shifts focus from building bridges with Islam to bridging the gap between Catholicism and Orthodoxy.

Win for Democrats Heralded in Europe

  • 10 November 06
  • Reuters
European politicians who opposed the U.S.-led war in Iraq say they feel vindicated by the Democrats' victory in U.S. mid-term elections and the resignation of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.

Pope Ends Poland Visit at Auschwitz

  • 29 May 06
  • Reuters
Benedict was due to pray with Poland's chief rabbi, who was attacked Saturday.

Vatican: Practicing Gays Should Not Enter Clergy

  • 24 November 05
  • Reuters
Practicing homosexuals should be barred from entering the Roman Catholic priesthood, the Vatican says, taking a strict line on the place of gays in the clergy, an issue that has divided the faithful worldwide.

John Paul's Fast Track to Sainthood

  • 14 May 05
  • Reuters
Pope Benedict XVI said on Friday he had put his predecessor Pope John Paul on the fast track to possible sainthood in the Roman Catholic Church.

Benedict XVI Is Installed as Pope

  • 25 April 05
  • Reuters
Pope Benedict XVI took charge of his church at a majestic inauguration on Sunday and set the tone for his papacy with a plea to humanity to return to God and transform a world he called a desert of pain and poverty.

Pope Promises to Continue Dialogue

  • 21 April 05
  • Reuters
Pope Benedict XVI moved swiftly Wednesday to allay fears that his papacy would be rigidly inward-looking, saying he wanted dialogue with other faiths and cultures.

4 Million Gather in Rome for Pope's Funeral

  • 08 April 05
  • Reuters
World leaders including George W. Bush and Mohammad Khatami will attend Pope John Paul II's funeral on Friday.

Palestinian Hijacker May Be Sent to Rome

  • 17 April 03
  • Reuters
Italy said Wednesday it would seek the extradition of Palestinian guerrilla leader Abu Abbas, the mastermind of the 1985 hijacking of the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro who was captured by U.S. forces in Baghdad.

Cardinal's Proposals Provoke Criticism

  • 26 April 02
  • Reuters
American cardinals, their authority battered by child sex scandals, flew home Thursday after crisis talks at the Vatican to try to convince U.S. Roman Catholics to trust them with their children.

Vatican Plan Irks Orthodox Church

  • 11 February 02
  • Reuters
The Vatican's plan to install Catholic dioceses in Russia has irritated the Russian Orthodox Church.

Italy Plays Host to Religious Leaders

  • 24 January 02
  • Reuters
Leaders of the world's religions, from Christians to Muslims, from Buddhists to animists, meet here Thursday to blow against the winds of war and pledge never again to use God's name to justify violence.

Pope's Words Cautious In Prayer for Armenians

  • 27 September 01
  • Reuters
Pope John Paul paid tribute to as many as 1.5 million Armenians who were killed early last century.

Vatican Says Pope's Ukraine Trip To Go Ahead

  • 23 January 01
  • Reuters
The Vatican said Monday Pope John Paul would go ahead with a controversial trip to Ukraine despite a request from the country's biggest Orthodox Church grouping to delay it or risk a break in relations.

Ivanov and the Pope Meet Amid Icy Catholic-Orthodox Relations

  • 15 January 01
  • Reuters
Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov met Pope John Paul Monday despite there being no sign of a thaw in the icy relations between the Vatican and Russian Orthodox Church needed for the Pope to visit Moscow.

At 80, Pope Has No Plans to Retire

John Paul Bids Fond Farewell To Homeland

Archbishop Goes on Trial for Fraud

Operation Rules Out Papal Tumor

Italian Paper Foments Anti-U.S. Pasta Revolt

Italian 'Trial of the Century' Begins

Despite Earthquake, Vesuvius Still 'Sleeping,' Italy Says

Downed Pilot Rescued in Bosnia

Mussolini's Oldest Daughter Dies at 85

Pope Tries to Make Amends With Buddhists in Sri Lanka

Tired Pope Tackles Women's Role

Berlusconi Corruption Probe Starts

Pope's Book to Scoop Millions