- Reporter's Notebook: The Ailing Pope Celebrates his 25th Anniversary
Worshippers and world leaders are descending on Rome for Pope John Paul II's 25th anniversary. In ill-health from Parkinson's Disease, the Vatican says the his mood is upbeat about the beatification of Mother Teresa, the creation of 31 new cardinals and other planned ceremonies. Though he was passed over again this year for the Nobel Peace Prize, the Pope has been widely recognized for his impact on world affairs. Seth Armus, professor of history at St. Joseph-s College in New York, looks at the Pope's most notable achievements and impact on world affairs.
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President Bush asks 87 billion dollars more for Iraq. The Gallup Poll says 57% of Americans are opposed to the President's request, but Congress is likely to go along to support American troops. Even though Democrats and Republicans are stunned at the prospect of virtually reconstructing an entire nation this spending proposal divides both parties. Of the 87 billion dollar request, 67 would go to the military. There's not much detail about how that money would be spent. The 20 billion for rebuilding Iraq "resembles no other spending request in recent memory." That's according to the New York Times. We speak with a Congressional Correspondent, a Democrat Representative, a Republican Congressman, a reporter from Baghdad, the director of the American Public Works Association and the director of an independent policy research institute.