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.
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.
Fresh allegations in the Catholic child-abuse scandal have emerged from France, where it has been alleged that a Vatican cardinal in charge of clergy around the world congratulated a French bishop for not denouncing a sexually abusive priest.
One or more graffiti artists have added a voice of dissatisfaction to the house where Benedict was born. In protest of the way the Church and Pope have handled recent scandals, the house was tagged with the words "F**k Yourselves."
The future Pope Benedict XVI put the good of the Catholic Church before pleas to defrock a California priest with a history of child molestation, according to a 1985 letter bearing his signature, it has just emerged.
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
U.S. and German abuse inquiries are inching ever closer to the Pope himself. New documents obtained by the New York Times allege Joseph Ratzinger, then cardinal and now Pope, knew of 200 abuse cases by a single priest, but did nothing.