BENEDICT XVI

  • 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...
  • Pope Francis toasts 10 million Twitter followers October 27, 2013

    A jubilant Pope Francis celebrated reaching 10 million followers on messaging site Twitter on Sunday, a milestone in the Vatican's drive to spread the gospel through social media. "Dear Followers I understand there are now over 10 million of you!" the pontiff wrote on his nine accounts, which publish simultaneously in...
  • Over one million people expected for Francis's inauguration mass March 16, 2013

    Rome: Over a million people are expected in Rome for the enthronement of Pope Francis next week, the Italian capital's top government representative said. "We are taking measures to accommodate over a million people next Tuesday (March 19) for Pope Francis's enthronement," said Giuseppe Pecoraro, the prefect of Rome. March 19 is...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Thousands gather to hear Pope's last Sunday prayer February 24, 2013

    Vatican City: Thousands gathered on Sunday in St Petersburg to listen to last prayer by Pope Benedict XVI before he steps down from his position as the head of the catholic church later this week. Pope, speaking in his last Sunday address before becoming the first pope in some six...
  • 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 wellwishers from around the world. Smiling broadly, Benedict raised his arms outstretched to the massive crowd in...
  • 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 Godgiven 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...
  • Pope's Twitter handle @Pontifex; will be Q&A December 3, 2012

    Vatican City: Pope Benedict XVI will start tweeting in six languages from his own personal handle @Pontifex on December 12. The Vatican said on Monday the pope will be using a question and answer format in his first Tweet, focusing on answering questions about faith in 140 characters. The pope...
  • Pope Benedict XVI to join Twitter November 9, 2012

    Vatican City: He already has a billion followers. Now, Pope Benedict XVI will join the Twittersphere, tweeting from a personal account along with the world's celebrities, leaders and ordinary folk. Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi made the announcement Thursday, saying details about Benedict's handle and other information will come...
  • Pope to join celebrities, presidents with Twitter feed November 9, 2012

    Vatican City: He already has a billion followers. Now, Pope Benedict XVI will join the Twittersphere, tweeting from a personal account along with the world's celebrities, leaders and ordinary folk. Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi made the announcement on Thursday, saying details about Benedict's handle and other information will come...
  • Pope: We await 2012 with trepidation January 1, 2012

    Vatican City: Pope Benedict XVI marked the end of 2011 with prayers of thanks and said humanity awaits the new year with apprehension but also with hope for a better future. "Another year approaches its end, while we await a new one, with the trepidation, desires and expectations of always," Benedict...
  • Benetton yanks PopeImam kiss ad after protest November 17, 2011

    Vatican City: The Benetton clothing company withdrew an ad on Wednesday featuring a fake photo of Pope Benedict XVI kissing a top Egyptian imam on the lips after the Vatican denounced it as an unacceptable provocation. Benetton had said its "Unhate" campaign launched on Wednesday was aimed at fostering tolerance and...
  • US execution of convict stirs protests September 22, 2011

    Washington: The US Supreme Court has rejected an eleventhhour appeal from Troy Davis to prevent Georgia authorities from executing him for the murder of an offduty police officer. The court did not comment on its order on late Wednesday, four hours after receiving the lastditch request. The filing by Davis' lawyers came...
  • Pope may go online to launch Vatican news portal June 25, 2011

    Vatican City: The Vatican, whose communications problems are no secret, is taking a leap into the world of new media with the launch next week of a news information portal that Pope Benedict XVI himself may put online with a papal click. Vatican officials said on Saturday that Benedict has been...
  • Pope may get energysaving car June 23, 2011

    Rome: The next popemobile could be green. The Vatican says MercedesBenz is making a study of a hybrid, energysaving popemobile that would replace the current Mercedes vehicle used when the pope travels abroad. "It won't be ready for the September trip to Germany, but maybe at the end of the year...
  • Pope blesses astronauts in 1st papal call to space May 21, 2011

    Cape Canaveral: Pope Benedict XVI had a direct line to the heavens Saturday, with NASA's help. Speaking from the Vatican, the pontiff bestowed a historic blessing upon the 12 astronauts circling Earth during the firstever papal call to space, wishing a swift recovery for the shuttle commander's wounded congresswoman wife and...
  • Vatican: Pope John Paul's body exhumed April 29, 2011

    Vatican City: Pope John Paul's coffin was exhumed on Friday ahead of his beatification as tens of thousands of people began arriving in Rome for one of the biggest events since his funeral in 2005. The Vatican said the coffin was removed from the crypts below St Peter's Basilica while top...
  • Pope to call space station in papal first April 23, 2011

    Vatican City: Pope Benedict XVI will be in satellite contact with two Italian astronauts aboard the International Space Station in what would be the first papal call to space. The Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano reported Friday that the hookup will happen on May 4 after shuttle Endeavour docks with the station....