New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 3, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 154, No. 117 30 pages, 5 sections
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DEAR ABBY 3E CLASSIFIEDS ID COMICS 4C CROSSWORD 4C FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS IB TV GRIDS 2,3EPope’s death brings cries of sadness, joy
Cardinals prepare to choose next pontiff
By Brian Murphy
AP Religion Writer
VATICAN CITY (AP) — I rom every corner of the world, the red-robed “princes" of the Roman Catholic Church headed toward the Vatican on Saturday to he near Pope John Paul II and prepare for the secret duty of gathering in the Sistine Chapel to elect the next pontiff.
It s a process steeped in centuries old rituals and arcane traditions such as precise rules for how to bind together the tallied papal ballots with a needle and thread. But there are also modern forces at play — including stroi iger voices from outside Europe among the College of (Cardinals that could shape the outcome of the conclave.
“This pof>e has so broadened the outreach and meaning of the papacy," said Jo Renee Formicola, a professor ai Seton Hall University in South Orange, N.J., who has studied Vatican trends. “It s clear the cardinals will have to pay attention to this."
It s the nature of their role. The main task of a cardinal, a title granted by the pope, is the papal selection. Privately, they always are assessing die constantly reshullled list of “papabile," the Italian word for likely papal candidates.
T he Roman Catholic’s most visible trend is its growing strength outside Europe — and this is reflected in the very makeup of the next conclave, improving the prospects of Latin American or
See CARDINALS, Page 8ALocals celebrate John Pauls life, mourn his death
By Ron Maloney
More than a billion Catholics around tile world wept Saturday for the passing of the man who led their church for more than a quarter century.
At the same time, they expressed faith and joy that their pope — perhaps more than any other, a people’s pope — had gone on to be with his Lord.
That’s how it was Saturday afternoon in New Braunfels when, three hours alter the Vatican announced the death of Pope John Paul II, Msgr. lid ward Bily celebrated a Mass of Divine Mercy at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church.
The service included a moving sermon by Deacon I red Ley on die relationship between Jesus Christ, the Catholic Church and its members — anti the message and meaning of Pope John Paul II mid its significance here.
As parishioners filled the church in the moments before Mass, many declined to share Uieir thoughts tm the passing of John Paul ll, the first non-Italian pope in nearly five centuries and, at nearly 27 years, die longest-serving pope of diis century and leader of the largest organized religion of the Western world.
Those who did speak generally talked of opposing emotions of joy and sadness.
“It’s a joyful day for him and a terrible day for as," said Pat Dallenbach of New Braunfels as she stepped into the church.
“I’m sad, but yet I’m happy because he was a wonderful pope and now he’s shown us a lot in his death," said Alberta I larper.
“I think lie was a great man,” said Em Mooney. “He’s going to be very, very difficult to replace."
Daiiine Raabe of New Braunfels said die pope's passing was a blessing in one respect.
‘I Ie’s not suffering any longer,” Raabe
See POPE, Page 3A
Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Hnrald-Zeitung
Parishioners pray during mass at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church Saturday evening, remembering the life of Pope John Paul ll.
said. “ We ll miss him. He ll be very difficult to replace.”
Remzi Xhemalce acknowledged just outside the church that lie hadn t always been quite the Catholic he wished he could. I laving been baptized by the pope, his perspecdve was unique.
Ile spoke of the church’s tradidons and how some in recent weeks had asked publicly if this most tradidonal and conservative of pontiffs shouldn’t have stepped aside for a more robust and healthy successor.
“Pope Jolin Paul ll guided his people to the end," Xhemalce said. “This way, the tradition lives on, and there will lie no pressure from others any more. I think it is best this way."
Inside the church, Bily, Fey and the rest in procession to the altar wore the white of faith and hope instead of the black of mourning. Mass opened with
County officials could consider fire code
Herald-Zeitung wins four awards in APME contest
By Ron Maloney
Comal County officials could consider whether to establish a county fire code.
lf adopted, such a code could set building sumdards pertaining to fire protection and safety.
Such an order would be permitted in Comal County under a section of the local government code that allows counties adjacent to metropolitan areas — defined as counties with more than 250,000 people — to enact the codes, similar to those used in nearly all cities.
Precinct I Commissioner Jack Dawson said the county's emergency services districts as well as the county have the authority to enact such codes.
Dawson made his remarks during the “comments” portion of the commissioners’ court agenda. For the county to act on the proposal, it would have to be placed on a future agenda as a discussion and action item — which Dawson said he was far from ready to do T hursday.
“I’m just taking a very preliminary, first look at this idea,” Dawson said.
The commissioner said he spoke with Spring Branch Volunteer Fire Department Cliief JeremyVan Ausdall, who recommended the county consider adopt-
A fire consumes a home near Canyon Lake last month.The county may consider adopting a fire code.
ing a code. The proposed code would apply to commercial construction and not single family homes.
“Chief Van AusdaJl’s concern is if we have six entities in the county that adopt six different tire codes we could have a problem,” Dawson said.
The State of Texas doesn’t have a fire code, although many municipalities adopt them.
In New Braunfels, Fire Marshal Darren Brinkkoeter said the city replaced its
See CODE, Page 3A
By David Rupkalvis
CORPUS CHRISTI—The Herald-Zeitung editorial department received four awards during the annual Associated Press Managing Editors Association awards ceremony Saturday.
The newspaper staff was awarded the Star Breaking News Report of the Yea! honor in class AA for its coverage during the November 2004, flood in New Braunfels. Class AA includes newspapers with circulations from 7,000 to 29,999.
Staff writers Ron Maloney, Leigh Jones and Scott Mahon and photographers David Ingram and Mandy Reary contributed to the team effort in covering the flood. Managing Editor Gary E. Maitland and Copy Editor Melissa McCaghren were responsible for editing and designing the
See AWARDS, Page 3A
newspaper during the cover
Maitland attended the awards ceremony and accepted the
Leigh Jones award on behalf of
“This award is the for the collective effort of the staff,” Maitland said. "Everyone pulled together in a difficult time and did an excellent job."
Jones also earned a first-place award Saturday, winning in the short feature category for her story on a leap year baby Vicki Langhain that ran on Feb. 29,2004.
“Leigh has done an excellent job for us,"