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Catholic Church should not have ''leaders for life'', Pope says

The Roman Catholic Church should not have "leaders for life" in its ranks, otherwise it would risk being like a country under dictatorship, Pope Francis said on Friday.

Rare outing for Pope Benedict to summer residence

 Castel Gandolfo, a summer residence of popes since the 17th Century, pulled up its shutters Tuesday for a two-week visit by retired pontiff Benedict XVI.

Pope Benedict, not Francis, unblocked Romero sainthood case

The monsignor who spearheaded the saint-making process for El Salvador's slain Archbishop Oscar Romero said on Wednesday it was Pope Benedict XVI and not Pope Francis who removed the final hurdle in the tortured, 35-year process.

Pope emeritus Benedict`s resignation hastened by World Cup

The soccer World Cup taking place in Brazil this year indirectly prompted Benedict XVI to bring forward his resignation as pope by a year, his private secretary told a German newspaper on Friday.

Pope defrocked 400 priests in 2 years

In his last two years as pope, Benedict XVI defrocked nearly 400 priests for raping and molesting children according to a document.

Pope defrocked 400 priests in 2 years

A document today shows Pope Benedict XVI defrocked nearly 400 priests over just two years for molesting children.

Former pope secretly leaves Vatican to visit brother in hospital: Report

Former pope Benedict XVI secretly left his residence in the Vatican to visit his brother in hospital in Rome, La Stampa daily said Saturday.

Ex-pope Benedict denies covering up sexual abuse

Former Pope Benedict has denied that he tried to cover up sexual abuse of children by Roman Catholic priests, in his first direct published comments since he stepped down.

God told me to resign: Ex-Pope Benedict

Former Pope Benedict has said he resigned after "God told me to" during what he called a "mystical experience", a Catholic news agency reported.

Benedict to move into retirement home inside Vatican

Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI is expected to take up residence inside a renovated ex-monastery inside the Vatican, according to sources within the Holy See.

Pray for me: Pope Francis sends first tweet

The 76-year-old Pope Francis`s first tweet had over 13,000 retweets within the first hours of posting.

Papal election: Waiting for the white smoke

Cardinals gathered at the Vatican from around the world are heading into second day of the Papal Conclave to elect a new Pope.

Vatican pre-conclave participants sworn to silence

Cardinals and translators taking part in meetings in Rome ahead of a conclave to elect Pope Benedict`s successor have been sworn to silence, the Vatican said.

Pope Benedict XVI spends first night after retirement in front of TV

The Vatican authorities have revealed that former Pope Benedict XVI spent his first night in retirement watching TV after dinner and having a stroll around his new house.

Pope Benedict shows the way

The Pope probably wanted to avoid an SM Krishna-type error.

Man scales Vatican scaffolding in message to pope

A man has scaled the scaffolding around St. Peter`s Square and draped a banner calling on Pope Benedict XVI to "Stop Terrorism."

Pope doubts Jesus’ date of birth

Jesus was born several years earlier than commonly believed as the entire Christian calendar is based on a miscalculation, the Pope has declared.

Pope’s former butler trial adjourned for next Tuesday

The trial of Pope Benedict`s former butler, Paolo Gabriele, started on Saturday, which is one of the most embarrassing episodes in recent Vatican history.

Pope Benedict`s butler to face trial for stealing letters

Pope Benedict XVI` butler Paolo Gabriele, suspected of stealing the pontiff`s documents, will go on trial.

Pope Benedict’s butler charged over ‘Vatileaks’

Paolo Gabriele, 46, is suspected of leaking highly sensitive documents addressed to Benedict XVI.