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Pope Benedict XVI considered a friend in Israel

Last Updated: Thursday, February 14, 2013, 13:48

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

Last Updated: Monday, February 11, 2013, 16:59

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

Pope can`t cook, says brother

Last Updated: Wednesday, April 04, 2012, 22:01

The pope can`t cook but knows how to wash dishes following dinner, according to his older brother.

Future pope stalled pedophile case: Report

Last Updated: Friday, April 09, 2010, 23:36

The future Pope Benedict XVI resisted pleas to defrock a California priest with a record of sexually molesting children, citing concerns including "the good of the universal church," acc to a 1985 letter bearing his signature.

Pope faces new claims of child sex abuse cover-up

Last Updated: Thursday, March 25, 2010, 14:28

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.