The Obama administration has been accused of spying on Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the future Popr Francis, "before and during the Vatican conclave at which he was chosen to succeed Benedict XVI," the UK Telegraph reports, citing the Italian magazine Panorama. Show More Summary
Pope Benedict XVI… sorry, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, can be seen here welcoming the statue of Our Lady from Fatima (which is on a pilgrim tour) to his Vatican residence; this film from RomeReports.com also shows him leading prayers. He's looking MUCH better than he was six months ago, and I regret posting the (well-sourced) [...]
A Missouri-based group devoted to helping victims of clerical sexual abuse is critical of former Pope Benedict XVI's recent claim that he did not hide sexual abuse incidents.
You may not realize this, but at a court hearing held last fall Pope Benedict XVI stood trial, in absentia, for crimes against humanity. Nutty details inside. Philip Berg, the controversial guru of the equally controversial Kabbalah Centre, has died. Consumer alert: holy water may be very bad for you. Full story: Bad Holy Water Kabbalah Centre Guru dead Pope Benedict Sentenced
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Seven months after leaving the papacy, emeritus Pope Benedict XVI broke his self-imposed silence Tuesday by releasing a letter to one of Italy's best-known atheists in which he denied covering up for sexually abusive priests and defended Christianity to non-believers.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — 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 denies having covered up for sexually abusive priests and discusses everything from evolution to the figure of Jesus Christ.
We've heard very little from Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI since his retirement, but he's made a surprise return to public life. Benedict has written a letter to the atheist mathematician Piergiorgio Odifreddi, covering subjects from the sex abuse scandal to evolution – and extracts have been released by Italy's La Repubblica newspaper. Coming off the [...]
By Daniel Burke, CNN Belief Blog Co-editor (CNN) – Retired Pope Benedict XVI says he never tried to hide the sexual abuse of minors by Catholic priests, breaking his post-retirement silence to address one of the greatest threats to his legacy as a church leader. In a lengthy letter published in La Repubblica, an Italian newspaper, the former […]
(VATICAN CITY) — 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. Show More Summary
Francis is not the only Pope making headlines. Today Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI made his first public comments since he retired from the papacy on February 28–he wrote an 11-page letter to an Italian mathematician and philosopher, Piergiorgio...Show More Summary
They took comfort in the pope's emphasis on inclusion and kindness. They support the pope's emphasis on inclusion and kindness. His approach once again marks a departure from the style of his predecessor, Benedict XVI, who clarified many of the church's teachings during his papacy.
Eleven months ago, Father Roy Bourgeois received a letter from the Vatican that contained a message from Pope Benedict XVI. The Roman Catholic Church was asking Bourgeois, who in addition to being a man of the cloth was also a longtime activist, to recant his public support for the ordination of women.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
VATICAN CITY — There’s a small movement underway to thank retired Pope Benedict XVI for all he’s done for the church and to keep enriching the world with his writings. “Pencils for Benedict XVI” is an informal campaign started by UK Web developer, Sonia Swabey, and her team at their website and forum http://www.georgganswein.com/ — […]
Today, on this very same eve of Exaltation Roodmas, also that of the 6th anniversary of the promulgation of the celebrated apostolic letter Summorum Pontificum of Benedict XVI, Pope emeritus, a matrimony was celebrated according to the...Show More Summary
VATICAN CITY — When Pope Benedict XVI visited ground zero in 2008, he knelt alone and prayed inside the cement-walled crater where the World Trade Center Towers once stood. As a sign of bringing light and hope to the dark memory of 9/11, the pope was going to light a large beeswax candle adorned with […]
Pope Francis is already way better at using Twitter than his beleaguered predecessor, Benedict XVI. Okay, so that whole “purgatory credits” thing wasn’t actually a thing. He’s not getting any credit for revolutionizing the way religious folk use social media, but Pope Francis has at least shown that he “gets” it. His tweets are often...
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI said this week that he stepped away from the papacy on the orders of God. “God told me to” during a “mystical experience,” he said, as the Voice of America reported. Benedict resigned as pontiff in February, to the shock of the Catholic community. He’s the first pope to give up [...]
There’s some buzz -- a Drudge link helps -- surrounding a report that Pope Benedict XVI has said that “God told me” to resign after a “mystical experience.” Reported as some kind of bombshell revelation, it sounds much like the window...Show More Summary
The Catholic wire service Zenit says Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI didn’t retire from the papacy because he was getting old and weak as he originally said, but rather because “God told me to.” Probably good that he took the advice if he’s getting messages like that, though one has to wonder what he would have […]
Another day another religious freak! According to Gawker reports: Last December, Pope Benedict XVI named Massachusetts episcopal vicar Arthur M. Coyle a Prelate of Honor, the second of three monsignor ranks within the Catholic Church. Yesterday, police allegedly