Pope Benedict XVI considered a friend in Israel

Israeli President Shimon Peres, a Nobel peace laureate, said he was "saddened" to hear of Benedict`s departure, and praised the outgoing pope for strengthening ties between the Vatican and the Jewish state.

Pope Benedict XVI to resign: Vatican

Otherwise known as Joseph Ratzinger was elected in April 2005 when Pope John Paul II died.

Pope faces new claims of child sex abuse cover-up

Fresh paedophilia cover-up claims hit Pope Benedict XVI as church files suggested he had failed to take action against a US priest accused of molesting up to 200 deaf boys.