State employees receive half-day off

Staff and Wire Reports SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson is giving state workers a half day of leave Friday to remember Pope John Paul II. The governor declared Friday at day of remembrance for the life of the pope. In issuing the executive order Wednesday granting leave to state employees, he said he hopes […]

Pope remembered for leading by example

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist 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 […]

Portales citizens remember pope, example he set

By Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor Many in Portales who followed the teachings of John Paul II and the Catholic Church believe two things on the day of his death. First, the pope is continuing his life in heaven. Second, their lives must continue on Earth. Saturday services at St. Helen Catholic Church in Portales […]

Pope John Paul II: 1920-2005 History’s most-traveled pope dies Saturday at his Vatican apartment.

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By Victor L. Simpson: The Associated Press VATICAN CITY — Pope John Paul II set an example of how to live life, a dynamic preacher who traveled the world, battled communism and proclaimed his moral code opposing abortion, casual sex and consumerism. In his final days, crushed by sickness that slowed his vigorous gait and […]

Pope John Paul II dies at age 84; world in mourning

By Victor L. Simpson: THE ASSOCIATED PRESS VATICAN CITY — Pope John Paul II, who helped topple communism in Europe and left a deeply conservative stamp on the church that he led for 26 years, died Saturday night in his Vatican apartment, ending a long public struggle against debilitating illness. He was 84. “We all […]

Pope on mind of many with Easter here

By Marlena Hartz: PNT Correspondent The pope will be on the hearts and minds of area Catholics today as they celebrate Easter. Due to health complications stemming from Parkinson’s disease and a recent tracheotomy, the normal Easter duties of Pope John Paul II have been delegated to top churchmen. It is the first time in […]

DeBaca debacle: residents want sheriff out

By Darrell Todd Maurina 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 office. “On the petition it says, ‘We, the registered voters of […]