Pope Benedict

  • A year after resignation, ex-Pope Benedict has no regrets February 10, 2014

    A year after his shock resignation, Pope Emeritus Benedict has no regrets and believes history will vindicate his tumultuous and much-criticized papacy, the man closest to him told Reuters in a rare interview. Archbishop Georg Ganswein, who now works for the former pope as well as being the head of Pope...
  • Pope Benedict XVI defrocked 400 priests in 2 years January 18, 2014

    Vatican City: In his last two years as pope, Benedict XVI defrocked nearly 400 priests for raping and molesting children, more than twice as many as the two years that preceded a 2010 explosion of sex abuse cases in Europe and beyond, according to a document obtained on Friday and...
  • Won't judge gay priests, says Pope July 30, 2013

    Pope Francis reached out to gays on Monday, saying he wouldn't judge priests for their sexual orientation in a remarkably open and wide-ranging news conference as he returned from his first foreign trip. "If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to...
  • Snapshot: Portrait of Pope Benedict XVI made with 17,000 condoms March 21, 2013

    New Delhi: An artist from Milwaukee, Niki Johnson, has come up with a unique portrait of the former Pope Benedict XVI. This portrait is made up of 17,000 condoms and is meant to promote the sexual health across the globe. Interestingly, Niki got the idea of making such a portrait...
  • Goa churches hold prayers after election of new Pope March 14, 2013

    Panaji: Special prayers were held during regular mass in Goa churches on Thursday after Pope Francis was elected to lead the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics. Goa, which has 27 per cent population believing in the Catholic faith, was holding prayers for the new Pope right from the day when Pope...
  • Black smoke signals no Pope elected at first conclave vote March 13, 2013

    Vatican City: Thick black smoke billowed into the night sky from the Sistine Chapel's chimney on Tuesday, signalling an inconclusive first vote in the conclave to elect a new Pope at a time of strife and scandal for the Roman Catholic Church. Thousands of faithful huddled in St Peter's Square to...
  • 115 Cardinals arrive in Rome to appoint new Pope March 8, 2013

    Vatican City: As the last of the 115 cardinal electors arrived in Rome, speculation has mounted that the cardinals would soon set a date for the start of the conclave to appoint Pope Benedict's successor. "We shall see, we shall see," Italian cardinal Crescenzio Sepe told journalists as he arrived at...
  • Conclave start seen delayed as Vatican muzzles cardinals March 7, 2013

    Vatican City: Vatican officials on Wednesday told cardinals gathered for the election of the next pope to stop speaking to the media, as further indications emerged that a conclave would not start early next week as had been expected. American cardinals who had been scheduled to hold their third media briefing...
  • Cardinals start work on timetable for pope selection amidst resurfacing of sex abuse scandal March 5, 2013

    Cardinals have gathered in Vatican City to work on a timetable to choose the next pope amidst sex abuse scandals that have resurfaced to haunt the church. ...
  • US cardinals seek answers on Vatican dysfunction March 5, 2013

    Vatican City: Cardinals said on Monday they want to talk to Vatican managers about allegations of corruption and cronyism within the top levels of the Catholic Church before they elect the next pope, evidence that a scandal over leaked papal documents is casting a shadow over the conclave and setting...
  • Preparations to elect pope begins in earnest at Vatican March 4, 2013

    Vatican City: Preparations for electing Roman Catholicism's new leader begin in earnest on Monday as the College of Cardinals opens daily talks to sketch an identikit for the next pope and ponder who among them might fit it. The idea is to have the new pope elected during next week...
  • British cardinal apologises for his sexual conduct March 4, 2013

    London: Keith O'Brien, who resigned last week as Britain's most senior Roman Catholic cleric after claims of sexual impropriety, admitted on Sunday that his conduct had "fallen below the standards expected of me". In a statement, O'Brien also apologised "to those I have offended... to the Catholic Church and people of...
  • Vatican deletes Pope Benedict tweets March 1, 2013

    Vatican City: Pope Benedict XVI tweeted his final message on microblogging site Twitter, thanking his followers for their love and support, just before leaving the Vatican on Thursday. Soon after, all the tweets were deleted and the profile was changed to read 'Sede Vacante', meaning 'vacant seat'. The twitter account will remain...
  • Pope's decision to resign must be realistic: Dalai Lama March 1, 2013

    Dharmashala: Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Thursday expressed hope that Pope Benedict XVI will continue to be available for the benefit of the people despite his resignation. "Firstly little bit sad. I know him, he is intelligent one. But then naturally he is a religious practitioner and in the...
  • Farewell to Pope Benedict XVI, thousands gather to bid adieu February 28, 2013

    It's the day Pope Benedict the 16th officially stands down. The Pope will keep his name Benedict the 16th and has already held his final general audience at the Vatican. ...
  • Thousands bid emotional farewell to Pope Benedict XVI February 27, 2013

    Vatican City: Thousands gathered at the St Peter's Square in Vatican City to bid farewell to Pope Benedict XVI on Wednesday. The outgoing Pope made his last public appearance as he addressed well-wishers from his villa. Benedict will assume the title of "pope emeritus" from now on and be addressed as...
  • Benedict to become 'pope emeritus' after resignation February 27, 2013

    Vatican City: Two pontiffs, both wearing white, both called "pope" and living a few yards from one another, with the same key aide serving them. The Vatican's announcement on Tuesday that Pope Benedict XVI will be known as "emeritus pope" in his retirement, be called "Your Holiness" and continue to wear...
  • Pope Benedict says pray 'for me and next pope' February 18, 2013

    Vatican City: Pope Benedict asked the faithful to pray for him and for the next pope, in his penultimate Sunday address to a crowded St Peter's Square before becoming the first pontiff in centuries to resign. The crowd chanted "Long live the pope!," waved banners and broke into sustained applause...
  • Pope blesses thousands at St Peter's Square February 17, 2013

    Vatican City: Pope Benedict XVI blessed the faithful from his window overlooking St Peter's Square for the first time since announcing his resignation, cheered by an emotional crowd of tens of thousands of well-wishers from around the world. Smiling broadly, Benedict raised his arms outstretched to the massive crowd in...
  • World View: Will the next Pope be from Africa? February 15, 2013

    Pope Benedict stunned the Roman Catholic Church including his closest advisers on Monday when he announced he would stand down in the first papal abdication in 700 years. ...
  • Pope Benedict - a resignation foretold? February 14, 2013

    Vatican City: Pope Benedict's resignation on February 11 shocked many in the Roman Catholic world and beyond, yet for those who know where to look, there were portents aplenty. Take Nanni Moretti's 2011 comedy-drama "Habemus Papam" - "We have a pope!" - in which a depressed and panic-stricken newly-elected pope...
  • Pope Benedict gets emotional on Ash Wednesday February 14, 2013

    Vatican City: A capacity crowd in St Peter's Basilica gave Pope Benedict a thunderous standing ovation on February 13 at an emotional last public mass before he resigns at the end of the month. "Thank you. Now, let's return to prayer," the 85-year-old pontiff said, bringing an end to several...
  • Emotional Pope holds last public mass in Rome February 14, 2013

    An emotional Pope addressed his last public mass at the Vatican on Wednesday evening. Huge crowds had gathered at St Peter's on the occasion of Ash Wednesday. ...
  • Speculations rife over successor of Pope Benedict XVI February 12, 2013

    A day after Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation, speculations are rife over who will take over. Some of his followers have expressed concern about the future of the church, his potential successor and the sex abuse crisis which haunts the catholic church. ...
  • Sexual abuse victims blast Benedict papacy February 12, 2013

    Rome: Pope Benedict leaves office having failed to stamp out the sexual abuse of children by priests and with the culture of secrecy that fostered the scandal still in place, groups representing some of the victims said on Monday. Bishops Accountability, a US pressure group, said the pope had apologised...
  • Pope's sudden resignation sends shockwaves through Church February 12, 2013

    Vatican City: Pope Benedict stunned the Roman Catholic Church including his closest advisers on Monday when he announced he would stand down in the first papal abdication in 700 years, saying he no longer had the mental and physical strength to run the Church through a period of major crisis. Church...
  • Pope Benedict XVI to resign on February 28: Vatican February 11, 2013

    In an unexpected move, Vatican on Monday announced that Pope Benedict XVI will resign on February 28. In an official communique, the Pope has cited "advanced age" as a reason for stepping down. ...
  • Pope Benedict XVI to resign on February 28: Vatican February 11, 2013

    Vatican City: Pope Benedict XVI announced on Monday that he would resign on February 28 because he was simply too infirm to carry on - the first pontiff to do so in nearly 600 years. The decision sets the stage for a conclave to elect a new pope before the...
  • Pope presses opposition against gay marriage December 22, 2012

    Vatican City: The pope pressed his opposition to gay marriage Friday, denouncing what he described as people eschewing their God-given gender identities to suit their sexual choices - and destroying the very "essence of the human creature" in the process. Benedict XVI made the comments in his annual Christmas address...
  • Vatican says pope beats Justin Bieber on re-tweets December 21, 2012

    Vatican City: Pope Benedict, white-haired, 85, and a neophyte to social media site Twitter, has beaten out 18-year old heartthrob Justin Bieber to set a percentage record for re-tweeting by his followers, the Vatican said on Thursday. The Vatican newspaper said that as of noon Italian time on Thursday the pope...