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Ex-pope Benedict denies he was pressured to resign

In this Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011, file photo, Pope Benedict XVI blesses the faithful as he arrives in St. Peter's Square to bless the nativity scene at the Vatican. A document obtained by The Associated Press shows Pope Benedict XVI defrocked nearly 400 priests over just two years for molesting children. AP

Retired Pope Benedict XVI has denied speculation that he was pressured to resign, saying his decision was freely made and his alone.

Posted: February 26th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Pope Benedict XVI defrocked 400 priests over child abuse

In this Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011, file photo, Pope Benedict XVI blesses the faithful as he arrives in St. Peter's Square to bless the nativity scene at the Vatican. A document obtained by The Associated Press shows Pope Benedict XVI defrocked nearly 400 priests over just two years for molesting children. AP

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 Friday by The Associated Press and an analysis of Vatican statistics.

Posted: January 18th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

2 popes reach out to atheists in apparent campaign

Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis. AP file photo

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.

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

Pope emeritus Benedict XVI returns to Vatican

Ex-pope Benedict XVI. AP FILE PHOTO

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.

Posted: May 2nd, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Two men in white at Vatican as former pope returns

Ex-pope Benedict XVI. AP FILE PHOTO

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.

Posted: May 2nd, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Pope urges determined action against sex abuse

Pope Francis. FILE PHOTO

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.

Posted: April 6th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Avalanche of faith at Hand of Jesus

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“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.

Posted: March 31st, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Pope’s foot-wash a final straw for traditionalists

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In this photo provided by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis washes the foot of an inmate at the juvenile detention center of Casal del Marmo, Rome, Thursday, March 28, 2013. Francis washed the feet of a dozen inmates at a juvenile detention center in a Holy Thursday ritual that he celebrated for years as archbishop and is continuing now that he is pope. Two of the 12 were young women, an unusual choice given that the rite re-enacts Jesus' washing of the feet of his male disciples. The Mass was held in the Casal del Marmo facility in Rome, where 46 young men and women currently are detained. Many of them are Gypsies or North African migrants, and the Vatican said the 12 selected for the rite weren't necessarily Catholic. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, ho)

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.

Posted: March 30th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Pope prepares historic meet with predecessor Benedict XVI

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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.

Posted: March 23rd, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Living ex-pope an invisible presence at conclave

Ex-pope Benedict XVI. AP FILE PHOTO

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.

Posted: March 13th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Pope Trivia

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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.

Posted: March 9th, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Crazy days in Rome with papal and political void

This March 1, 2013 photo shows a billboard with a torn poster of Pope Benedict XVI, with writing reading in Italian "You'll always be with us, Thank you", in Rome. These are crazy days in Rome - where limbo reigns in parliament and papacy. Italy is usually a pretty anarchic place, with people bucking rules on everything from crossing the street to paying taxes. But the anarchy’s going a bit far: Who's running the country? Who's running the church? Nobody really knows. (AP Photo/Joji Sakurai)

These are crazy days in Rome — where limbo reigns in parliament and papacy.

Posted: March 7th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Benedict’s resignation: hints were there all along

Pope Benedict XVI greets pilgrims at the end of his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013. Pope Benedict XVI basked in an emotional sendoff Wednesday at his final general audience in St. Peter's Square, recalling moments of "joy and light" during his papacy but also times of great difficulty. He also thanked his flock for respecting his decision to retire. AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia

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.

Posted: March 2nd, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

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