Christopher Lukasik was building shelves when a metal rod hit his eye, tearing about a third of his optic nerve fibers and leaving everybody from his doctors to his family wondering whether he would ever see again.
Pope Benedict XVI called for peace in the Middle East and an end to the exploitation of children in the homily he delivered early Thursday during the annual Christmas Eve Midnight Mass in St. Peter's Basilica.
Throughout Italy, early evening is a time to stroll. As I walk through the streets of the Eternal City with my Roman friends, they explain the ritual of this promenade: While elsewhere in Italy it's called the passeggiata, in Rome it's a cruder, big-city version called the struscio (which means "rub").
While tens of thousands crowded St. Peter's Square for the ailing Pope John Paul II this time last year, those closest to the pope gathered around his bedside, bidding farewell to their mentor and leader of the church. They all say he was conscious to the end, and that among his last requests was, "Read me the Bible."
More than 350,000 religious faithful -- including up to 100,000 Germans -- and hundreds of state and religious leaders from around the world gathered in the square outside the Vatican to show their support for the new 78-year-old German pontiff, Benedict XVI.
Wearing traditional papal robes and a large smile, Joseph Ratzinger of Germany appeared Tuesday on a Vatican balcony as the 265th pontiff, Benedict XVI, as tens of thousands gathered in St. Peter's Square to cheer him.
The millions of people who flocked to Rome for Pope John Paul II's funeral endured the confusion of a suddenly overcrowded city, hours with barely a chance to sit down, and perhaps the longest lines they'll ever stand in.
In 2000, Pope John Paul II pondered whether the new millennium would mark the end of his pontificate and considered having his funeral in his Polish homeland, according to his spiritual testament, which the Vatican published Thursday.
Thousands of mourners filed past as the body of Pope John Paul II lay in state in St. Peter's Basilica after cardinals Monday began the process of choosing a new leader for the world's 1 billion Catholics.
Cardinals, archbishops and diplomatic dignitaries solemnly filled the Sala Clementina of the Apostolic Palace to pay their respects Sunday to Pope John Paul II, his body dressed in red and white papal robes with his bishop's staff under one arm.
An ailing Pope John Paul II has blessed tens of thousands of jubilant pilgrims and tourists marking Easter Sunday in St. Peter's Square by making the sign of the cross with his hand, but he was unable to speak.
A drawn-looking Pope John Paul II, unable to preside over Palm Sunday Mass for the first time in his 26-year papacy, waved an olive branch from his apartment window to tens of thousands of pilgrims who filled St. Peter's Square.
For a second week, Pope John Paul II has blessed a cheering crowd gathered at his Rome hospital, where he is recovering from breathing problems, as the traditional Angelus blessing was conducted in his absence at St. Peter's Square.
Pope John Paul II, hospitalized since Thursday and unable to speak since undergoing a tracheotomy, will follow Sunday's traditional Angelus blessing from his hospital room, Vatican officials said early Saturday.
Pope John Paul II is now breathing more easily, according to the Vatican, but it hinted the frail 84-year-old pontiff may have to spend up to a week in hospital to fully recover from a respiratory infection.
Pope John Paul told the world in his Easter message Sunday that a culture of love had to defeat terrorism and the "logic of death" and revenge in Iraq, the Holy Land and other places where conflict reigns.