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Pope Benedict defrocked 400 priests for molestation, report says

A newly revealed report revealed that Pope Benedict XVI defrocked 400 priests for molestation in two years of of his Papacy.

Two Popes pray together at Christmas, first time in history

Pope Emeritus Benedict had a Christmas visit from successor Pope Francis this week. Given that Pope Benedict is the first Pope in 600 years to step down rather than serve until death, it marks the first time two Popes have met at Christmas in 600 years.

'God told me to': Why ex-pope Benedict resigned

When former Pope Benedict XVI shocked the world in February announcing his resignation from the papacy, the 86-year-old said he left his office due to the effects of aging. Now a new report says he got his pink slip from a different source — God.

Quebec abuse victims support Cardinal Ouellet as the next pope

Montreal - A Quebec victims group would like to see Marc Cardinal Ouellet succeed Pope Benedict as the next head of the Catholic Church. But the reasons for their support are not exactly complimentary to the 68-year-old cleric.

Vatican: Morning mass Tuesday prior to conclave to elect new Pope

Morning Mass will be held Tuesday, in St Peter's Basilica, before eligible cardinals are closeted away in conclave as they begin the process to elect a new Pope.

Op-Ed: Was Cardinal O'Brien's sin that he outed the Catholic Church?

A week ago Cardinal Keith O'Brien, Britain's most senior Roman Catholic cleric, resigned following allegations of improper behavior. He vehemently denied the allegations but Sunday, in true Catholic style, he confessed.

Former pope closes Twitter account

Pope Benedict yesterday closed his Twitter account before vacating the position of the head of the Roman Catholic Church, and leaving the Vatican.

UPDATE: UK Cardinal resigns following misconduct allegations

Edinburgh - The recently embattled Archbishop of Edinburgh, Cardinal Keith O'Brien, has announced he is resigning his position effective immediately.

Pope Benedict to resign

Pope Benedict XVI has announced he will resign on February 28, a Vatican spokesman said, making him the first head of the Roman Catholic Church to do so in centuries.

Top 10 things you really shouldn’t tweet to the Pope

The Pope’s new Twitter account gained nearly 360,000 followers this week. Here are ten people who tweeted at the Catholic leader and who presumably will not receive any kind of retweet.

Pope Benedict canonises first ever Native American saint

In a ceremony held today, Sunday, at the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI created seven new saints, one of whom, Kateri Tekakwitha, is the first Native American to be canonised.

Pope sues satirical magazine

Hamburg - The Vatican is suing the German satirical magazine, Titanic. Pope Benedict's lawyers claim that the images of the Pope on the magazine's covers violate his personal, legal rights.

Pope Benedict’s butler arrested in 'Vatileaks' scandal

Documents leaked to the Italian media, involving an alleged web of corruption, cronyism, and nepotism by the Vatican, have been traced to an intimate member of the papal household, the butler.

Leading atheist slams cardinal over views on same-sex marriage

George Broadhead of the UK gay humanist charity the Pink Triangle Trust (PTT) has criticised Cardinal Keith O’Brien’s condemnation of gay marriage, calling the cardinal’s pronouncement predictable and bizarre.

Pope talks of ‘amnesia’ over God as costs of Spain visit mount

Pope Benedict XVI continues his visit to Spain this weekend amid protests at the enormous cost – over €50 million, or about $73 million – his visit has notched up.

Get Vatican out of UN, says UK secular group

Britain’s main secular organization wants the Vatican out of the United Nations, where it has no business being, and uses its status to force through “backward doctrines,” the group claims.

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.

More protests planned as UK papal visit continues

Pope Benedict XVI will face more protests today as he goes about the third day of his four-day visit to the United Kingdom. Today, protests will focus on the Pope’s opposition to gay equality.

European Raelian Movement is suing Pope Benedict XVI

The European Raelian Movement has filed a lawsuit against Pope Benedict XVI in the High Court, Queen's Bench Division. The movement believes that because the Vatican has fought them in court in the past they have just cause in turning the tables.

Nuns and monks frisked as security surrounds Pope

Security surrounding Pope Benedict XVI as he begins the second day of his four-day UK visit has meant that nuns and monks are being frisked by police.

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.

More than 50 UK notables sign letter criticizing papal visit

More than 50 public figures from the world of science, entertainment and literature have signed a letter criticizing the decision by the UK government to invite Pope Benedict XVI on a state visit, which begins Thursday.

British secularists accused of ‘New Atheist witch hunt’

Secularists in the UK have been accused of conducting a “New Atheist witch hunt” against Pope Benedict XVI, who is due in the country for a four-day state visit later this week.

Protestors rally ahead of UK papal visit

The Protest the Pope campaign in the UK will brief the press tomorrow to further outline its protest plans and its charges against Pope Benedict XVI, days before he is due to visit the country amid controversy.

Op-Ed: Many Scottish reject chance to see Pope during September visit

Glasgow - While the deadline has passed now to get tickets for the visit of Pope Benedict XVI to Glasgow's Bellahouston Park next month, it emerges that some parishes are returnng more than half of their allocated 400 tickets -- unsold.

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.

Priests in gay clubs further embarrass Catholic Church

Catholic priests in Rome are said to be making nocturnal visits to gay bars, further embarrassing a church enmeshed in one of the biggest sex scandals in ecclesiastical history.

Gay rights group claims Cameron closed Pope petition to save face

A leading human-rights campainger in the UK is furious after Prime Minister David Cameron allegedly shut down a Downing Street petition rather than cause embarrassment ahead of Pope Benedict’s planned visit to the country in two months’ time.

Catholic leader in UK says Pope’s visit shouldn’t be a firefight

The leader of Roman Catholics in England and Wales says he doesn’t expect Pope Benedict’s visit to the UK in two months’ time to be a “firefight” over the priestly abuse scandal.

Pope has sights set on defeating secularism in the West

Pope Benedict has his sights set on defeating Western secularism as he reshuffles bureaucracy in the Vatican. The Pope has been embroiled in the sex scandal involving Catholic priests, and has made a priority of reinvigorating the faith in Europe.
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