Pope Benedict XVI left Vatican City Thursday for the last time as leader of the billion-member Roman Catholic Church, and he headed by helicopter to his summer residence where he is due to spend the last hours of his pontificate before stepping down.
Pope Benedict XVI will keep the name Benedict XVI and become the Roman pontiff emeritus or pope emeritus, theVatican announced on Tuesday, putting an end to days of speculation on how the pope will be addressed once he ceases to be the leader of the world’s 1.1 billion Roman Catholics on Thursday.
The Italian media is reporting that Pope Benedict XVI resigned after receiving the results of an internal investigation, delivered in a 300-page, two-volume dossier, that laid bare a sordid tale of blackmail, corruption and gay sex at the Vatican.
Pope Benedict asked the faithful to pray for him and for the next pope, addressing a crowded St. Peter’s Square in his penultimate Sunday address before becoming the first pontiff in centuries to resign. The crowd chanted “Long live the pope!,” waved banners and broke into sustained applause as he spoke from his window.
The cardinals who must pick a successor to Pope Benedict XVI after he steps down on February 28 could meet to make the decision sooner than thought, a Vatican spokesman said Saturday. The conclave, the meeting which will bring together the 117 cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church, could start before March 15 if all […]
President Michel Suleiman said on Thursday that the Lebanese will be among the people who will most miss Pope Benedict XVI and saluted his “bold and wise decision.” Suleiman added that hopes Lebanon “will remain in the heart of Pope Benedict”, wishing him good health and a long life.
Technically, any male Catholic is eligible to be elected pope. But traditionally, the cardinals choose one of their own. For the princes of the church — the cardinals — the sudden resignation of a pope can be more of a shock than the death of one. And it is they who now have to choose […]
The questions reverberated from the Vatican to every corner of the Catholic world and left a billion members scratching their heads over something not seen since 1415 – why is the pope resigning now? Pope Benedict XVI, 85, said Monday that it was because of his age.
Pope Benedict made six non-European prelates Roman Catholic cardinals on Saturday, chipping away at the old continent’s domination of the elite group that will one day elect his successor. The new cardinals, ranging in age from 53 to 72, are from the United States, India, Nigeria, the Philippines, Lebanon and Colombia,
The Vatican has cancelled a high-level papal delegation to Syria to promote an end to the conflict due to the deteriorating situation there. Pope Benedict had originally intended to send seven senior clerics to Damascus, including Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Archbishop of New York.