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  1. News - World

    Pope Francis issues 1st encyclical, meditation on faith written with Benedict XVI

    Posted Jul 05th 2013, 06:01pm by AP

    ... VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis issues 1st encyclical, meditation on faith written with Benedict XVI. ...

  2. News - World - POPE FRANCIS

    Pope prepares to meet Benedict XVI

    Posted Mar 23rd 2013, 07:22pm by Agence France-Presse at the Vatican City, Rome

    ... Agence France-Presse at the Vatican City, Rome Pope Francis prepared to go face to face with his predecessor Benedict XVI on Saturday in a historic meeting between two men with very ... America’s first pontiff embarks on a papacy fraught with challenges that sometimes overshadowed Benedict’s reign. Benedict has been staying at the lakeside estate since he became the first pope ...

  3. News - World - RELIGION

    Atheist's challenge prompts Benedict XVI to break self-imposed silence

    Posted Sep 26th 2013, 12:00am by AP

    ... Associated Press in Vatican City Atheist impels ex-pope to speak Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI has emerged from his self-imposed silence inside the Vatican walls to publish a lengthy letter ... of the letter were published on Tuesday by La Repubblica , the same newspaper which just two weeks ago published a similar letter from Pope Francis to its own atheist publisher. Benedict wrote ...

  4. News - World - THE VATICAN

    Benedict to become ‘pope emeritus’

    Posted Feb 26th 2013, 09:55pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Vatican City Pope Benedict XVI will have the official title of “pope emeritus” and continue wearing the papal white cassock after he resigns on Thursday – the first leader of the Catholic Church to do so since the Middle Ages, the Vatican said. Benedict can still be addressed as “Your Holiness Benedict XVI” and will have the additional title of “Roman ...

  5. News - World - RELIGION

    Former Pope Benedict denies he was under pressure to resign

    Posted Feb 26th 2014, 04:18pm by Associated Press at the Vatican

    ... Associated Press at the Vatican With speculation rife in the Italian press over the reasons for his resignation, Benedict insists the decision was his alone Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, who retired on February 28, 2013, has denied speculation that he was put under pressure to resign, saying his decision was freely made and his alone. Benedict wrote to the Vatican correspondent for La ...

  6. News - World - PAPAL ELECTION

    Pope Benedict is gone but not forgotten

    Posted Mar 14th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... speaking in Sao Paolo, Brazil. "He won't do anything to upset Benedict XVI. We will get to know the new pope when Benedict XVI dies," the outspoken monk said. The new pope should ... Agence France-Presse in Vatican City Retiring pope has power to influence decision of the cardinals, and the reign of his successor Benedict is gone but not forgotten Pope Benedict is gone ...

  7. News - World - CATHOLIC CHURCH

    Pope Benedict vows not to abandon Church in last Sunday prayer

    Posted Feb 25th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Rome The outgoing pontiff assures 100,000 of his followers he will not abandon the church Pope Benedict delivers final Sunday prayer Pope Benedict delivered ... for his blessing," said Joao-Paulo, a 26-year-old trainee priest from Brazil who came with fellow seminarians. Benedict will be only the second pope to resign of his own free ...

  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Next pope will face tough challenges

    Posted Feb 13th 2013, 12:00am by Jimmy Cheung

    ... the pope's power and prestige, the job is not easy. So when 85-year-old Pope Benedict XVI announced his decision to step down at the end of the month- the first pope to resign since the Middle Ages- ... SCMP Editorial Next pope faces tough challenges The pope is one of the world's most revered figures. Followed by more than 1.1 billion Catholics across continents, the spiritual ...

  9. News - China

    China urges new pope not to 'interfere' with internal affairs

    Posted Feb 18th 2013, 07:37pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Beijing Beijing on Monday called for Pope Benedict XVI’s successor not to interfere in China’s internal affairs, highlighting enduring tensions with the Vatican after the pontiff’s surprise resignation. Asked about the pope’s decision to step down, which stunned the world when it was announced last Monday, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei ...

  10. News - World - THE VATICAN

    Pope bids farewell to huge crowds

    Posted Feb 27th 2013, 05:56pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Vatican City Pope Benedict XVI on Wednesday admitted “stormy waters” during his pontificate as he held his last audience in St Peter’s Square before tens ... gathered under a bright, cloudless sky. Some in the throng held up huge banners with messages such as “Benedict, we’ll miss you!” and “The pope is the heart of this city!” or waved the Vatican’s ...




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