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Ex-pope's shadow Vatican role in the spotlight

Vatican City - Ex-pope Benedict XVI seems to have broken his silence recently over key Catholic issues and his comments have raised serious questions within the Church about the extent to which there are, in fact, two "men in white" at the VaticanIn 2013, Benedict be...

Ex-pope Benedict blames Church sex abuse crisis on '68

Vatican City - Former pope Benedict XVI on Thursday blamed the Catholic clerical sex abuse scandals on the 1960s sexual revolution and a collapse in faith in the West, immediately drawing criticism from some theologians.

Vatican communications chief quits over 'lettergate' row

Vatican City - The Vatican's communications chief resigned Wednesday amid a controversy over the alleged manipulation of a letter written by retired pope Benedict XVI about his successor Pope Francis.

Former pope Benedict ready for final 'pilgrimage'

Rome - Pope emeritus Benedict XVI hinted Wednesday that is is nearing death and ready for his final "pilgrimage" at the age of 90.

Pope Francis celebrates Benedict's 90th

Vatican City - His 90th birthday may not be for a few days yet, but former pope Benedict XVI got an early present on Thursday: a visit from his Argentine successor, Pope Francis.

Former pope Benedict thanks God for retirement

Berlin - Retired pope Benedict XVI says he has no regrets about his 2013 decision to retire and thanks God for enabling him to recover his "freedom" from the responsibilities associated with leading the world's 1.2 billion Catholics.

Benedict to tell all about troubled time at the Vatican

Rome - Retired pope Benedict XVI is to lift the lid in a new book on his troubled time at the head of the Catholic Church, publishers announced Friday.

On-form Benedict delights with surprise Vatican speech

Rome - Former pope Benedict XVI made a rare public appearance Tuesday, delighting senior clerics with an impromptu speech at a celebration to mark the 65th anniversary of his ordination.

Elderly pope Benedict XVI 'slowly fading': Personal secretary

Rome - Pope emeritus Benedict XVI is "slowly, serenely fading" but remains "very lucid", his personal secretary said in an interview published Thursday.Joseph Ratzinger is "an old man, of course, but very lucid.

Ex-pope Benedict in rare public appearance at cardinals ceremony 

- Former pope Benedict XVI, who retired last year, made a rare public appearance on Saturday at a ceremony lead by his successor Pope Francis in St.

Pope to beatify ‘gay’ Cardinal Newman

Today is the last day of Pope Benedict XVI’s UK visit, and he will hold a mass in the English Midlands, where 19th-century Catholic convert Cardinal Newman will be beatified as part of his road to sainthood.

Five men arrested by police during Pope’s London visit

Five men have been arrested on potential terrorism charges during Pope Benedict’s visit to the UK. However, his itinerary has not been changed.

Fury as Pope appears to equate UK atheism with Nazism

Secularists in the UK are outraged after Pope Benedict XVI seemed to associate atheism with Nazism during his speech to Queen Elizabeth II yesterday.

Campaign during Pope's UK visit calls for women's ordination

London - Timed to be active during Pope Benedict's four-day trip to England and Scotland, campaigners for the Catholic Women's Ordination campaign (CWO) will use London buses for ads that read 'Pope Benedict - Ordain Women Now!'

Pilgrims to be charged £25 to see Pope during UK visit

As concern mounts over the cost of the Pope’s visit to Britain in September, it’s emerged that the faithful will have to cough up £25 (US$39) to see him.

Op-Ed: Pope's gaffe of the century - respect the rights of victims

Rome - What does it mean that when pope Benedict talks about 'respecting the rights of victims,' he's not talking about sexually abused kids, but about church officials detained for a few hours by Belgian police? Is it a mere gaffe, or a truly Freudian slip?

Vatican wants to reach out to atheists – but some are not welcome

In what seems to be a one-way initiative, the Vatican has set up a new project to reach out to atheists – but prominent atheists such as Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens will not be allowed to take part.

Vatican in grip of unprecedented nervous tension

Vienna - The official papal biographer has said that Cardinal Schönborn’s latest verbal attack on Cardinal Sodano is without precedent and shows how much tensions exist within the Church hierarchy about the sexual abuse scandals

Pope says Internet needs more soul, more Christian bloggers

During a meeting last weekend about communication and new media, Benedict XVI spoke of a need to give the Internet "a soul" and to humanize the dynamics of the digital world, calling on more online Christians to give witness to their beliefs.

Update: Lawsuit charges Vatican, Pope and other church officials

Saint Paul - U.S. attorney Jeff Anderson, of Minneapolis, has launched a lawsuit against Pope Benedict and other Vatican officials over their handling of the Lawrence C. Murphy case.

Op-Ed: Another Vatican PR error, Ringo Starr dismisses Pope's absolution

Ringo Starr today said "Hello, Goodbye" to the Vatican's PR effort to absolve The Beatles of their message once declared as satanic, but maybe he meant "Get back to where you once belonged." In any case, Ringo dismissed the Vatican effort to score points.

Fake or not, the Turin Shroud is on display again

Turin - Some think it to be a forgery, others believe it to be a sacred relic; the so-called Turin Shroud has a colorful history. Now on display in the Turin Cathedral, many people do want to see it for themselves, and the Pope will even pray in front of it.

Op-Ed: Watching the Vatican writhe in self-inflicted guilt and paranoia

First the media were blamed for all the bad news about the church, then the world was reminded that the pope is a head of state with immunity, now the church's suffering is compared to the holocaust. All in all, the Holy See shows symptoms of paranoia

Pope Benedict XVI presides over Good Friday prayers

Pope Benedict XVI is presiding over two separate prayers this Good Friday: the Holy Liturgy (at the Vatican Basilica) and the Via Crucis (at the Colisseum in Rome).

Yes, the Vatican Is Still Scarred By The Sex-Abuse Scandals

After several months since Pope Benedict XVI’s first visit to the United States, the Vatican is still plagued with the scars of the sex-abuse scandals.

Vietnam's prime minister is due to meet the Pope

The first time a leader of the communist nation has met the head of the Roman Catholic Church.

Pope's Message to Immigrants: Respect Host Country's Social Values

In a Sunday address to pilgrims and tourists in St. Peter's Square, Pope Benedict spoke of how a nation's laws are needed to protect its dignity.

Turkey Pope Protesters occupying building detained

Police on Wednesday detained about 40 members of a Turkish nationalist party who earlier had occupied one of Istanbul's most famous buildings, the Haghia Sophia, to protest the visit next week of Pope Benedict XVI

Priesthood And Celibacy: A Match Made In Hell?

Pope Benedict XVI has stated that he will not even discuss the possibility of priests marrying. In 2006, does this policy make sense?

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