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Emotional Pope says God asked him to retire

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Pope Benedict XVI. AP FILE PHOTO

Pope Benedict XVI delivered an emotional last Sunday prayer in St. Peter’s Square, saying God had told him to devote himself to prayer but assuring supporters he would not “abandon” the Church.

Posted: February 24th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

The pope and his predecessor: a study in contrasts

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In this file photo taken Sept. 11, 2002, then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany, left, now Pope Benedict XVI, looks on as late Pope John Paul II celebrates Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. Pope Benedict XVI has spent much of his eight-year papacy in the shadow of his larger-than-life predecessor, only to burst into the limelight with his shock resignation announcement on Monday, Feb. 11, 2013.  AP/PIER PAOLO CITO

Pope Benedict XVI has spent much of his eight-year papacy in the shadow of his larger-than-life predecessor John Paul II, only to burst into the limelight with his shock resignation announcement on Monday.

Posted: February 13th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Vatican police under scrutiny in leaks trials

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AFP FILE PHOTO/ALBERTO PIZZOLI

The Vatican gendarmerie has been an intriguing protagonist in the cloak-and-dagger “Vatileaks” case, set to wrap up on Saturday with a verdict in the trial of a Holy See computer technician.

Posted: November 10th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Pope to name first Native American saint

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The tapestry of Kateri Tekakwitha, the first American Indian to achieve sainthood, hangs from the St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican, Friday, Oct. 19, 2012.  Tekakwitha, a 17th-century Mohawk Indian who spent most of her life in what is now upstate New York, will be declared a saint along with six others in a ceremony presided over by Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican on Sunday. AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino

Pope Benedict XVI names seven new saints on Sunday including the first Native American, marking the start of a “Year of Faith” aimed at countering the rising tide of secularism in the West.

Posted: October 21st, 2012 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Violence blights pope’s Easter peace appeal

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Pope Benedict XVI appealed for peace in the world’s troublespots in his Easter Sunday message but one of the holiest days for Christians was marred by fresh violence in Nigeria and Syria.

Posted: April 9th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

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