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# pope-benedict - Tuesday 14 January, 2020

Former pope Benedict denies he co-authored controversial book arguing against lifting celibacy ban

While Benedict has sought to ease the crisis in the Vatican, Cardinal Robert Sarah has said the former pope did co-author the book.

# pope-benedict - Monday 13 January, 2020

Former Pope Benedict makes 'incredible' plea to Pope Francis not to end clerical celibacy

Francis is currently considering allowing it in remote locations, such as the Amazon, where communities seldom have Mass.

# pope-benedict - Thursday 11 April, 2019

Ex-pope Benedict XVI blames clerical sex abuse on 1960s sexual revolution

Benedict has written a 6,000-word essay for Klerusblatt, a German monthly magazine for clergy.

# pope-benedict - Wednesday 21 March, 2018

Vatican communications chief quits over row about letter written by retired pope

Monsignor Dario Vigano was accused of manipulating a private letter written by Benedict XVI about Pope Francis.

# pope-benedict - Friday 14 July, 2017

Councillor calls for action on hate crime after being sent homophobic letter

Inside the package Francis Timmons received was a picture of Pope Benedict, a letter about World Family Day and a letter from Pope Francis.

# pope-benedict - Friday 8 January, 2016

At least 231 children abused at Catholic boys' choir run by Pope Benedict's brother

George Ratzinger, Benedict’s older brother, ran the famous Regensburg choir from 1964 to 1994.

# pope-benedict - Wednesday 18 March, 2015

Holocaust-denying bishop could be excommunicated for act of defiance

Bishop Richard Williamson is planning to consecrate a new Bishop without the Pope’s permission.

# pope-benedict - Friday 17 January, 2014

Former Pope Benedict defrocked nearly 400 priests in two years for child abuse

Statistics for 2011-12 show a dramatic increase over the 171 priests removed in 2008 and 2009.

# pope-benedict - Wednesday 21 August, 2013

Benedict XVI: 'God told me to resign'

He is also quoted as saying that the “charisma” shown by his successor Pope Francis showed that the resignation was “God’s will”.

# pope-benedict - Thursday 25 April, 2013

RTÉ News chief 'satisified' with €167,000 cost of Pope coverage

Kevin Bakhurst said the cost of covering the change of Pope was €100,000 less than on the last occasion in 2005.

# pope-benedict - Friday 5 April, 2013

Pope urges Church to 'act with determination in cases of sexual abuse'

The Vatican continues to receive around 600 claims against abusive priests ever year. Today’s comments from Pope Francis were his first on the clerical sex abuse scandal since succeeding Pope Benedict last month.

# pope-benedict - Tuesday 19 March, 2013

In Pictures: Pope Francis' inauguration Pope Francis This post contains images

In Pictures: Pope Francis' inauguration

In his address to the nearly 200,000 pilgrims the newly elected pope promised to embrace the “poorest, the weakest” of humanity.

# pope-benedict - Monday 4 March, 2013

The next Pope: Cardinals gather for pre-conclave talks

Cardinals gather for the general congregations today ahead of the start of the conclave to elect the next head of the Catholic Church.

# pope-benedict - Friday 1 March, 2013

Cardinals begin process of arranging conclave to elect new pope

The tweets from the @pontifex Twitter account have been removed, with the account dormant awaiting a new pontiff.

# pope-benedict - Thursday 28 February, 2013

Benedict XVI formally steps down as leader of Catholic Church

Cardinals will now meet to elect a successor, while the 85-year-old former Joseph Ratzinger will be known as ‘Pope Emeritus’.

The 5 at 5: Thursday

5 stories, 5 minutes, 5 o’clock…

Last day: Benedict XVI's papal powers expire at 7pm tonight

The pontiff will depart the Vatican later today to spend the next few months at the papal residence at Castel Gandolfo before he returns to the Vatican permanently to live a life of prayer and academic research.

# pope-benedict - Wednesday 27 February, 2013

Benedict XVI holds final address before stepping down as pope

The 85-year-old enjoys an emotional sendoff, explaining his reasons for retiring and taking a final tour of St Peter’s Square.

Pope to hold his final Vatican audience ahead of departure

Details of Pope Benedict’s life after his reign ends have emerged and include him swapping his trademark red shoes for a brown pair. His Fisherman’s Ring will also be destroyed.

# pope-benedict - Sunday 24 February, 2013

Pope not 'abandoning the Church' as 100,000 attend Sunday prayer

An emotional Pope Benedict XVI has delivered his last Sunday prayer in St Peter’s Square in Rome.

# pope-benedict - Thursday 21 February, 2013

Report: Pope decided to resign after internal report on adultery

La Repubblica says a report presented in December detailed breaches of the ‘sixth and seventh commandments’.

# pope-benedict - Sunday 17 February, 2013

Column: Pope Benedict saw sense by retiring early, John Paul II should have too

We need a pope that will listen to the wider church and wider world, writes Fr Seamus Ahearne, who reflects on the previous two popes’ achievements and failures.

# pope-benedict - Saturday 16 February, 2013

Top readers' comments of the week

Here’s our round-up of the best, the most popular and the most commented-on pieces from the past week. Did you make it in?

# pope-benedict - Friday 15 February, 2013

Benedict's closest confidant to hold dual role under new pope

Monsignor Georg Gaenswein, the pope’s personal secretary, will keep his old job but will also oversee the new pope’s household.

# pope-benedict - Monday 11 February, 2013

In pictures: From Cardinal Ratzinger to Pope Benedict XVI The Pope This post contains images

In pictures: From Cardinal Ratzinger to Pope Benedict XVI

The life and times of the 265th Pope.

From The42 Snapshot: Pope resigns, Roy Keane reckons he could do a job Pope Roy

Snapshot: Pope resigns, Roy Keane reckons he could do a job

Well he is infallible, right?

# pope-benedict - Tuesday 8 January, 2013

What did the Pope say about abortion yesterday?

Was Benedict referring to Ireland when he spoke of laws that “unjustly alter the balance” between mother and baby?

# pope-benedict - Tuesday 25 December, 2012

From The Daily Edge 8 of the weirdest meetings of 2012 Odd Couples This post contains videos

8 of the weirdest meetings of 2012

From Lady Gaga hanging out with Julian Assange to Tupac Shakur’s Coachella performance, here’s our shortlist of the stranger celebrity and political encounters of the year.

# pope-benedict - Friday 21 December, 2012

Pope says mankind at stake over gay marriage

He said, “when God is denied, human dignity also disappears”.

# pope-benedict - Sunday 16 December, 2012

Gay rights activists protest at Pope's Sunday morning prayer

Demonstrators held placards condemning homophobia after Pope Benedict said same-sex unions “destabilise marriage”.

# pope-benedict - Monday 3 December, 2012

Pope joins Twitter at @pontifex - but won't tweet until next week

Benedict XVI has registered seven accounts, each to allow tweeting in various languages – but won’t start yet.

# pope-benedict - Sunday 25 November, 2012

From The Daily Edge What does the Pope's donkey denial mean for Christmas? Little Donkey This post contains videos

What does the Pope's donkey denial mean for Christmas?

In a new book, Pope Benedict has pointed out that there were no animals present at Jesus’ birth. Way to ruin the Christmas buzz!

# pope-benedict - Friday 9 November, 2012

The 9 at 9: Friday

Nine things to know on this rainy Friday morning…

# pope-benedict - Monday 15 October, 2012

Catholic bishops were shown this alarmist video in the Vatican today Religion This post contains videos

Catholic bishops were shown this alarmist video in the Vatican today

A synod of bishops meeting in Rome was shown a YouTube ‘Muslim Demographics’ video which predicts an Islamic continent by 2050.

# pope-benedict - Tuesday 2 October, 2012

Pope's ex-butler to take the stand in leaks trial today

Paolo Gabriele, 46, faces up to four years in prison if he is convicted of aggravated theft in the worst security breach in the Vatican’s recent history.

# pope-benedict - Friday 28 September, 2012

Vatileaks: Pope's butler to stand trial tomorrow - but may be pardoned

Vatican watchers believe that Pope Benedict could pardon Paolo Gabriele for leaking sensitive papers to a journalist.

# pope-benedict - Monday 13 August, 2012

Pope's butler to stand trial over Vatileaks scandal

Paolo Gabriele is accused of stealing secret documents and leaking them to the press.

# pope-benedict - Tuesday 19 June, 2012

Vatican number two: Many journalists try to imitate Dan Brown

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone has taken issue with the media’s coverage of the ongoing Vatileaks scandal drawing comparisons with the controversial fiction author Dan Brown.

# pope-benedict - Friday 25 May, 2012

Pope's butler arrested over Vatican leaks - report

Vatican says man arrested today was caught in possession of secret documents.

# pope-benedict - Sunday 8 April, 2012

In full: Pope Benedict's Easter urbi et orbi address

The full text of Pope Benedict’s Easter morning address the world’s Catholics, as delivered in Rome this morning.

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