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  • Pope defrocked 400 priests in 2 years

    VATICAN CITY — A document obtained by The Associated Press on Friday shows Pope Benedict XVI defrocked nearly 400 priests over just two years for sexually molesting children.


  • Pope reproves priests who question celibacy

    VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI denounced priests who have questioned church teaching on celibacy and ordaining women, saying Thursday they were disobeying his authority to try to impose their …


  • Pontiff to young: Share joy of faith

    MADRID – Pope Benedict XVI urged a crowd of young people estimated at more than 1.5 million to become missionaries for the faith Sunday, giving them words of encouragement as …


  • Tearful pope promises action

    VALLETTA, Malta – With tears in his eyes, Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday made his most personal gesture yet to respond to the clerical sex abuse scandal, telling victims the …


  • Lawyers divided on pope’s immunity

    LONDON – Protests are growing against Pope Benedict XVI’s planned trip to Britain, where some lawyers question whether the Vatican’s implicit statehood status should shield the pope from prosecution over …


  • Pope chides Copenhagen climate talks failure

    VATICAN CITY – Pope Benedict XVI denounced the failure of world leaders to agree to a new climate change treaty in Copenhagen last month, saying Monday that world peace depends …


  • Pope urges new financial order, assistance for poor nations

    VATICAN CITY – Pope Benedict XVI called Tuesday for a new world financial order guided by ethics and the search for the common good, denouncing the profit-at-all-cost mentality blamed for …


  • Benedict says bones likely are St. Paul’s

    ROME – The first-ever scientific test on what are believed to be the remains of the Apostle Paul “seems to confirm” that they do indeed belong to the Roman Catholic …


  • First Nations victims hear pope’s apology

    VATICAN CITY – Pope Benedict XVI apologized Wednesday to Native Canadians who were physically and sexually abused at church-run boarding schools they were forced to attend, saying he was sorry …


  • One million celebrate Mass

    LUANDA, Angola – Pope Benedict XVI celebrated Mass for the largest gathering of his African pilgrimage Sunday, telling a crowd on the outskirts of this seaside capital that reconciliation on …


  • Pope’s Angola visit marred by stampede

    LUANDA, Angola – Tens of thousands of Angola’s Catholics lined the streets of the capital Saturday for a blessing from Pope Benedict XVI, who urged the country’s faithful to reach …


  • Pope Benedict to visit Holy Land in May

    VATICAN CITY – Pope Benedict XVI said Sunday he would visit the Holy Land from May 8-15 in the first papal trip to the area since 2000. The visit would …


  • House Speaker Pelosi has audience with pope

    VATICAN CITY – Pope Benedict XVI received Nancy Pelosi, one of the most prominent abortion rights politicians in America, and told her Wednesday that Catholic politicians have a duty to …


  • Outside Voices: Pope’s misstep

    Miami Herald, Feb. 10: Pope Benedict XVI stirred up another controversy last month when he reinstated a bishop who said of the Holocaust: “There was not one Jew killed in …


  • Vatican demands bishop recant

    VATICAN CITY – Reacting to two weeks of outrage, the Vatican demanded Wednesday that a bishop retract his public statements denying that the Nazis killed millions of Jews in the …


  • Pope’s plea: Help children in distress

    VATICAN CITY – Pope Benedict XVI celebrated Christmas Midnight Mass early today by sending out an appeal for children who are abused, forced to live on the street or serve …


  • Meeting with sex abuse victims was ‘healing’

    WASHINGTON – Pope Benedict XVI talked and prayed with a small group of victims of clergy sex abuse Thursday, the first publicly known meeting between a pontiff and victims since …


  • Pope’s message forward-looking, Skylstad says

    By bringing attention to the issue of child sexual abuse within the Catholic Church for a third time on his U.S. visit, Pope Benedict XVI has “indicated that this is …

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