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Pope names 19 new cardinals as Benedict XVI looks on

Pope Francis appointed his first batch of cardinals on Saturday, as his predecessor Benedict made a surprise rare appearance at the ceremony naming the new "princes of the Church." The new cardinals were presented with scarlet-red birettas and gold……

Francis meets Benedict XVI on first Christmas as pope

Pope Francis visited his predecessor Benedict XVI on Monday for an informal Christmas greeting, as the Argentine pontiff prepares to celebrate his first Christmas as leader of the world’s Roman Catholics. Francis met with the 86-year-old Benedict in a former monastery building on a hill inside the Vatican City walls…

Pope Francis shakes up Vatican fashion with humble style

Solid gold rings velvet capes and ermine furs are out, humility is in: Pope Francis has shunned Vatican tradition in favour of a simpler style — and perhaps committed a clerical fashion faux pas in the process. From the moment he stepped out in plain papal whites to wave to…

Pope says Benedict’s resignation was ‘courageous’

Pope Francis on Friday hailed predecessor Benedict XVI’s historic resignation as a “courageous and humble act” in a speech to cardinals in the Vatican. Francis said Benedict, who stepped down last month, had “lit a flame in the depth of our hearts that will continue to burn”.…

All eyes on the Vatican chimney as Cardinals search for a successor to Benedict XVI

Cardinals prepared for a second day of conclave behind the Vatican’s walls to elect a pope on Wednesday, with all eyes on a chimney that will signal when there is a new leader for the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics. The 115 cardinals held a first inconclusive vote in the Sistine…

Cardinals calling for access to Vatican report on church security leaks

Before the conclave, Benedict XVI ordered an inquiry into Vatican leaks. Now the men who will choose his successor demand its full disclosure It is known throughout the Vatican as the Relatio (Narration). It is contained in two stiff, unmarked red folders and runs to around 300 pages. Lying in…

Pope’s resignation ‘linked to sex abuse crisis’, says ‘Mea Maxima Culpa’ director

Oscar-winning documentary maker Alex Gibney suggests Pope Benedict XVI’s departure stems from recent sex scandals Oscar-winning film-maker Alex Gibney, whose documentary Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God details a small part of the current wave of accusations surrounding the Catholic church, has suggested that the Pope’s resignation…

After Pope’s surprise retirement, a shocked media speculates on successor

The world’s media speculated on whether the next pontiff may come from the developing world, while paying mixed tributes to Pope Benedict XVI following his shock resignation announcement. The 85-year-old Benedict said on Monday that he would step down at the end of this month because of health reasons, becoming…

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