Benedict denies he was pressured to resign

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

Papacy calls German bishop under fire for lavish spending

A German bishop under fire for lavish spending is in Rome for talks with Vatican officials.

Pope Benedict XVI vows ‘obedience’ to his successor, flies to papal retreat

After eight years of papacy at Vatican replete with both joyous and difficult moments, Pope Benedict XVI is to resign on Thursday.