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.
US Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta took a break Wednesday from war planning and leading the world’s most powerful military to pay his respects to Pope Benedict XVI, a champion of peace. Panetta, an observant Catholic who proudly wears his Italian American heritage on his sleeve
Pope Benedict XVI marked the end of a difficult year Monday by saying that despite all the death and injustice in the world, goodness prevails. Benedict celebrated New Year’s Eve with a vespers service in St. Peter’s Basilica
Pope Benedict XVI will visit Lebanon from September 14 to 16, the Vatican announced on Sunday. Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati invited the pontiff to visit in November last year during a visit to the Vatican.