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Cardinals to begin pre-conclave talks in Vatican

In this photo taken with a fisheye lens people walk in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, March 3, 2013. Benedict XVI's 8 p.m. resignation Thursday, Feb. 28, opened what is known as the "sede vacante'' or "vacant see'', the transition period between papacies when a few key Vatican officials take charge of running the church. AP/Andrew Medichini

Catholic cardinals begin talks on Monday ahead of a conclave to elect the next pope, following Benedict XVI’s historic resignation, as a British cardinal not in attendance admitted to sexual misconduct with priests.

Posted: March 4th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Clock runs down on Pope Benedict XVI’s historic resignation

Pope Benedict XVI delivers a speechduring his last weekly audience on February 27, 2013 at St Peter's square at the Vatican. Pope Benedict XVI will hold the last audience of his pontificate in St Peter's Square on Wednesday on the eve of his historic resignation as leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS

Pope Benedict XVI will meet cardinals from around the world on Thursday in his final hours as leader of 1.2 billion Catholics before he becomes the first pontiff to resign since the Middle Ages.

Posted: February 28th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Italian PM Mario Monti resigns ahead of elections

Former European commissioner Mario Monti. ROBERTO MONALDO, LAPRESSE/AP PHOTO

Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti resigned on Friday with his political plans still in doubt, paving the way for early elections next year in a lynchpin eurozone state still mired in recession.

Posted: December 22nd, 2012 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

A papal family in crisis at heart of Vatican butler’s trial

Paolo Gabriele. AP

For all the resonance of the trial of Pope Benedict XVI’s butler wrapping up on Saturday, the drama revolves around a tiny group — the “pontifical family” and the tight-knit Vatican community.

Posted: October 6th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Vatican prosecutor warns on Asia child abuse problem


The Vatican’s top anti-abuse prosecutor has warned that the Catholic Church in Asia is falling behind in the fight against paedophilia due to cultural differences over what constitutes child abuse.

Posted: February 5th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »