Benedict Xvi

  • Pope Benedict XVI defrocked 400 priests in 2 years 18-01-2014 09:29 AM

    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 27-10-2013 09:40 PM

    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...
  • Vatican deletes Pope Benedict tweets 01-03-2013 06:06 AM

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  • Farewell to Pope Benedict XVI, thousands gather to bid adieu 28-02-2013 08:53 AM

    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. ...
  • Emotional Pope holds last public mass in Rome 14-02-2013 09:00 AM

    An emotional Pope addressed his last public mass at the Vatican on Thursday evening. Huge crowds had gathered at StAn 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 12-02-2013 03:00 PM

    Some of his followers have expressed concern about the future of the church and the sex abuse crisis which haunts the catholic church. ...
  • Pope Benedict XVI to resign on February 28: Vatican 11-02-2013 08:18 PM

    In an official communique, the Pope has cited "advanced age" as a reason for stepping down. ...
  • Pope Benedict XVI to join Twitter 09-11-2012 07:49 AM

    Vatican City: He already has a billion followers. Now, Pope Benedict XVI will join the Twitter-sphere, 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 09-11-2012 02:41 AM

    Vatican City: He already has a billion followers. Now, Pope Benedict XVI will join the Twitter-sphere, 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...
  • Pope: We await 2012 with trepidation 01-01-2012 09:27 AM

    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,"...
  • Benetton yanks Pope-Imam kiss ad after protest 17-11-2011 03:55 AM

    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...
  • US execution of convict stirs protests 22-09-2011 08:04 AM

    Washington: The US Supreme Court has rejected an eleventh-hour appeal from Troy Davis to prevent Georgia authorities from executing him for the murder of an off-duty police officer. The court did not comment on its order on late Wednesday, four hours after receiving the last-ditch request. The filing by Davis'...
  • Pope may go online to launch Vatican news portal 25-06-2011 08:17 PM

    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...
  • Pope may get energy-saving car 23-06-2011 01:14 AM

    Rome: The next popemobile could be green. The Vatican says Mercedes-Benz is making a study of a hybrid, energy-saving 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...
  • Pope blesses astronauts in 1st papal call to space 21-05-2011 10:22 PM

    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 first-ever papal call to space, wishing a swift recovery for the shuttle commander's wounded congresswoman wife...
  • Vatican: Pope John Paul's body exhumed 29-04-2011 06:52 PM

    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...
  • Pope to call space station in papal first 23-04-2011 01:10 PM

    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...