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  1. 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 ... The former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger headed the Vatican office responsible for abuse cases, and was pope when scandal erupted in 2010, with thousands of people coming forward in Europe, Latin America ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1317735/atheists-challenge-prompts-benedict-xvi-break-self-imposed-silence
  2. Lifestyle - Books - RELIGION

    Book review: The Vatican Diaries, by John Thavis

    Posted Apr 07th 2013, 12:00am by Desmond O'Grady

    ... Desmond O'Grady The Vatican Diaries by John Thavis Viking Benedict XVI sprang a huge surprise when he stepped down from his papal office, the first pope in 600 years to do so; he no longer had the energy for his task, he said. Now, author John Thavis provides the background for the decision in his excellent The Vatican Diaries , which concludes just before Benedict's ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/books/article/1207649/book-review-vatican-diaries-john-thavis
  3. News - World - CATHOLIC CHURCH

    Pope meets with Benedict in historic lunch

    Posted Mar 24th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Pontiff makes historic move by meeting predecessor to discuss problems on Church's plate, but Vatican downplays its significance Pope Francis flew in to a papal residence near Rome ... one another the deference owed a pope in ways that surely turned Vatican protocol upside down. Travelling from the helipad to the palazzo, Francis sat on the right-hand side of the car, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1198287/pope-meets-benedict-historic-lunch
  4. News - World - CATHOLIC CHURCH

    Victims of clergy sexual abuse say millions of children remain at risk

    Posted Mar 15th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... of votes. Snap had called for more than a dozen cardinals they said had covered up abuses or made tactless remarks about the scandals to be left out of the deliberations. Vatican spokesman Federico ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1190954/victims-clergy-sexual-abuse-say-millions-children-remain-risk
  5. News - World - THE NEW POPE

    Papal name Francis honours saint who brought Catholicism to Asia

    Posted Mar 15th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Vatican City Name recalls the Apostle of the East In addition to being the first non-European pope for almost 13 centuries, the new pope's choice of name sets him apart - and establishes a link to the South China coast. Jorge Mario Bergoglio is Latin America's first pope, and his decision to become the first pope ever to go by the name Francis ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1190966/papal-name-francis-honours-saint-who-brought-catholicism-asia
  6. News - World - PAPAL ELECTION

    Pope Benedict is gone but not forgotten

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

    ... 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 ... of the conclave. "He has already influenced the outcome," said Vatican expert Bruno Bartoloni, noting that all 115 cardinals who began their secret conclave on Tuesday were named either ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1190093/pope-benedict-gone-not-forgotten
  7. News - World - THE NEW POPE: ANALYSIS

    India is Asia's unlikely power broker in election for new pope

    Posted Mar 11th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... and Sikhs. Only Italy, America and Germany will be represented by more cardinal electors when they meet in Vatican City. With around 17 million practising Catholics, India is home ... the archbishop of Manila, the name most often mentioned by Vatican observers. Oswald Gracias, the archbishop of Mumbai who is among the five Indian cardinals, has expressed doubt that an Asian ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1187722/india-asias-unlikely-power-broker-election-new-pope
  8. News - World - THE PAPAL RESIGNATION

    Vatican sets Tuesday as date for Papal election

    Posted Mar 09th 2013, 01:13am

    ... issues,”‘ he wrote. “You may find that hard to believe, since the ‘word on the street’ is that all we talk about is corruption in the Vatican, sexual abuse, money. Do these topics come up? Yes! Do ... was taking hold. Vatican-based cardinals had been angling for a speedy end to the discussions, perhaps to limit the amount of dirty laundry being aired. Vatican-based cardinals had been angling ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1186765/cardinals-set-tuesday-start-date-conclave
  9. News - World - RELIGION

    Clergy sex abuse victims list 'dirty dozen' of likely papal candidates

    Posted Mar 08th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... the church in the US and Europe. The Vatican yesterday said cardinals had not yet decided on a start date for a conclave to elect a new pope. "There has been no decision on a date for the conclave," Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said after the latest in a series of meetings of cardinals from around the world that began on Monday. SNAP also opposes electing any member ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1185624/clergy-sex-abuse-victims-list-dirty-dozen-likely-papal-candidates
  10. News - World - THE PAPAL RESIGNATION

    Pope's tailor has all cassock sizes stocked for successor

    Posted Mar 06th 2013, 12:00am by GDN

    ... Cardinals have yet to fix a date for a conclave to elect Pope Benedict XVI's successor, but once they do, the cassocks and other papal paraphernalia will be sent from Gammarelli to the Vatican ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1180464/popes-tailor-has-all-cassock-sizes-stocked-successor

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