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Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI has emerged from his self-imposed silence inside the Vatican walls to publish a lengthy letter to one of Italy’s most well-known atheists. In it, he defends his record on handling sexually abusive priests and discusses everything from evolution to theology to the figure of Jesus Christ.
Pope emeritus Benedict XVI returned by helicopter to the Vatican on Thursday two months after his historic resignation to live in a former monastery, Italian media said.
Two months after his historic resignation, Benedict XVI was set to return to the Vatican on Thursday, where he will live in a former monastery in an unprecedented arrangement that will see a pope and a former pope both housed in the tiny state.
Pope Francis has given his first pronouncement on the Catholic Church’s pervasive paedophile priest scandal, urging Vatican disciplinarians to act “with determination” against the scourge.
By Delfin T. Mallari Jr.
“It was an avalanche of faith and devotion.” That was how, healing priest, Fr. Joseph “Joey” Faller, described the mass of pilgrims flocking to the five-hectare Kamay ni Hesus (Hand of Jesus) shrine here since Palm Sunday to observe the Holy Week.
By Lito B. Zulueta
In an unprecedented move, Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 youths, including a Muslim girl, during the Last Supper Mass Thursday in a correctional for minors in Rome, reenacting the gesture of Jesus Christ of washing the feet of his 12 all-male apostles, including Saint Peter, the first pope.
Pope Francis prepared to go face to face with his predecessor Benedict XVI on Saturday in a historic meeting between two men with very different styles but important core similarities.
Retired pope Benedict XVI is gone but far from forgotten as cardinals begin voting for candidates to replace him, with his personal secretary Georg Gaenswein one of the last to leave the Sistine Chapel before the start of the conclave.
By Gerard Pareja
Si Pope Benedict XVI mao ang unang Santo Papa nga mi-resign sa iyang pwesto sulod sa 600 anyos. Mao nga matawag tang “interesting times” karon sa simbahan hinungdan nga manguykoy kitag interesting facts nga gapalibut sa Sto.Papa.
These are crazy days in Rome — where limbo reigns in parliament and papacy.
Benedict XVI stunned the world when he announced Feb. 11 he would resign as pope. But in retrospect, all the signs were there, and they even accelerated in recent months. Here’s a look at the hints Benedict dropped starting in 2005, his first year as pope, indicating that unlike his predecessors over 600 years, his papacy would end in retirement, not death.
By Philip C. Tubeza
Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle has designated five churches in Metro Manila as “Pilgrim Churches” as Catholics mark the “Year of Faith” decreed last year by the now resigned Pope Benedict XVI, according to the Archdiocese of Manila.
With Pope Benedict XVI now officially in retirement, Catholic cardinals from around the world began on Friday the complex, cryptic and uncertain process of picking the next leader of the world’s largest church.