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Pope Benedict XVI News

Op-Ed: Liberation theology founder welcomed to Vatican

Rome - The Reverend Gustavo Gutierrez of Peru was a surprise speaker at the launching of a book by Cardinal Gerhard Mueller, head of the Vatican orthodoxy office and one of Pope Francis' top advisers.
In the Media by Ken Hanly

Vatican denies Pope Francis told student it’s ‘OK to be gay’

The Vatican has been quick to issue a statement denying that the recently elected Catholic Pope Francis telephoned a French student to tell him his homosexuality is OK.
In the Media by Mathew Wace Peck - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Eileen Kersey - 12 comments

Italian priest Andrea Maggi burns photo of ex-Pope Benedict XVI

Imperia - An Italian priest Father Andrea Maggi from a rural parish in northwestern Italy, set a photo of ex-Pope Benedict XVI on fire, accusing him of "abandoning his flock."
In the Media by JohnThomas Didymus - 2 comments

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.
In the Media by Robin Okuthe

Pope gives final general audience as controversy still looms

Rome - In his final public gesture as leader of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Benedict says goodbye to tens of thousands gathered in St. Peter’s Square.
In the Media by Greta McClain

Pope Benedict XVI to become 'pope emeritus' after resignation

According to the Vatican sources, Pope Benedict XVI will be known by the title of "pope emeritus" after his resignation and will still be referred to as "Your Holiness."
In the Media by JohnThomas Didymus

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.
In the Media by Greta McClain

Pope Benedict XVI's last Sunday blessing draws tens of thousands

Rome - St. Peter's square was packed with tens of thousands of pilgrims as Pope Benedict gave his last blessing to the faithful and others that came to see the Pope. The Pope will steps down on Thursday, saying his health and age meant he could not continue.
In the Media by Karl Gotthardt

Pope Benedict XVI's resignation linked to network of gay bishops

Rome - The Italian daily newspaper La Repubblica has linked Pope Benedict XVI's resignation to a Vatican report that details the discovery of a network of gay prelates in the Vatican, some of whom are allegedly being blackmailed by "outsiders."
In the Media by JohnThomas Didymus - 2 comments

Vatican will protect Pope Benedict XVI from sex abuse prosecution

Rome - By remaining in the Vatican after resigning later this month, Pope Benedict XVI will enjoy immunity from prosecution in connection with the global epidemic of clergy sex abuse claims.
In the Media by Brett Wilkins - 11 comments

U.N. accuses U.S. of not dealing with sexual abuse by clergy

The United Nations' Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) issued a scathing report, accusing the United States of failing to properly deal with "sexual abuse committed by clerics and leading members of certain faith-based organizations."
In the Media by Greta McClain - 3 comments

Documents fuel conjecture of Pope's resignation, immunity request

Providence - The release of court documents involving a Roman Catholic organization is fueling speculation that Pope Benedict was forced to resign.
In the Media by Greta McClain - 3 comments

Pope Benedict XVI's leaked documents reveal Vatican intrigues

The leak of of Pope Benedict XVI's personal correspondence by his butler Paolo Gabriele revealed the Byzantine machinations that took over internal affairs of the the Vatican during the papacy of Benedict XVI.
In the Media by JohnThomas Didymus - 1 comment

Letter to Italian President alleges Pope seeks 'legal immunity'

Rome - A letter by the Secretary of the International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State alleges Pope Benedict XVI is asking the Italian government to grant him protection and immunity from legal prosecution.
In the Media by Greta McClain - 11 comments

Young Filipino cardinal could be next pope

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle could be the next pope following the unexpected resignation of Pope Benedict XVI on Monday, reportedly for health reasons.
In the Media by Leo Reyes - 2 comments

Op-Ed: Background to the Pope's resignation

New York - The Catholic Church is nothing if not a repository of tradition. Pope Benedict XVI may have shocked the world and his church by announcing his resignation Monday, but we can be sure that the decision was not sudden, nor on impulse.
In the Media by Frank Kaufmann - 1 comment

Pope Benedict XVI's papal pacemaker fitted over 10yrs ago

In another surprise development from Rome, the Vatican confirmed Tuesday that Pope Benedict XVI has had a pacemaker for over a decade and that its battery was replaced a few months ago.
In the Media by Yukio Strachan

Pope Benedict XVI: Resignation sparks conspiracy theories

Pope Benedict XVI sent shock waves through the Catholic world when he announced he was resigning. Although he gave reasons, chiefly "advanced age" and declining strength, speculations have flourished about the true reason behind the decision.
In the Media by JohnThomas Didymus - 7 comments

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.
In the Media by Robin Okuthe - 1 comment

Pope Benedict XVI to resign February 28-Vatican spokesperson

Rome - According to a Vatican spokesman, Pope Benedict XVI has announced his resignation on Feburary 28, 2013. Pope Benedict XVI has been the head of the Roman Catholic Church since May 7, 2005.
In the Media by Karl Gotthardt - 23 comments

Vatican: Pope Benedict XVI to resign on February 28

Rome - In a brief report on Italian news agency ANSA this morning, it was announced that Pope Benedict XVI would resign on February 28. It's believed he is resigning due to poor health.
In the Media by Robert Myles - 15 comments

Vatican criticises European religious freedom ruling

The European Court of Human Rights has supported the right of employers to limit expression of religious beliefs in the workplace, in certain circumstances.
In the Media by Eileen Kersey - 11 comments

Jews, Masons, and Modernists called the ‘enemies of the Church’

In a statement that is expected to fuel worldwide debate, Bishop Bernard Fellay, head of the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X based has labeled the Jews, Masons, and Modernists as “enemies of the Church.”
In the Media by Antonio Figueroa - 3 comments

Protesting Pope Benedict XVI, Catholics become 'Un-Catholics'

In response to the message about the gay community made by Pope Benedict XVI at the annual Christmas address, Catholics in the Netherlands are becoming "Un-Catholic."
In the Media by Can Tran

Pope's ex-butler sentenced for stealing Vatican documents

The butler of Pope Benedict XVI has been sentenced for leaking confidential Vatican documents to the media in the so-called “Vatileaks” scandal.
In the Media by Andrew John - 2 comments

Pope Benedict XVI given an electric car

The Pope gets a lot of rewards from his job, but recently he was given an electric car. The car was presented to the Pope during a special ceremony.
In the Media by Melissa Horrocks - 5 comments

Pope says Mass in Cuba's Revolution Plaza

Many thousands of Cubans turned out to hear the Pope say Mass in Havana, Cuba's capital city, with President Raul Castro sitting in the front row. Many worshippers had waited hours to see the Pontiff.
In the Media by Amanda Payne - 6 comments

Pope visits Cuba on Latin America tour

Following a successful visit to Mexico, Pope Benedict XVI lands in Cuba on Monday March 26 in a trip timed to coincide with the fiesta for Cuba's patron saint, Our Lady of Charity.
In the Media by Amanda Payne - 1 comment

Last of Ladies in White is released by Cuban police

Havana - One week before Pope Benedict XVI's visit in Cuba, the last of 70 members of the Ladies in White arrested in three different incidents, has been released by police.
In the Media by André R. Gignac
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The Vatican's mobile post office serving tourists.
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Pope Benedict the XVI waves to the crowd prior to his last general audience as Pope.
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Pope Benedict XVI joins Twitter
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Pope Benedict XVI rides through the crowed gathered at St. Peter's before giving his last general audience as Pope.
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Letter from Rev. Kevin D. Annett to Italian President Giorgio Napolitano
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