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  • 23/03/2014 | Argentina

    The Francis factor

    By Martín Gambarotta
    All right, a year has gone by since he was chosen and Argentine-born Pope Francis is a sensation in the Catholic world, and beyond. But locally the question of what political implications Francis’ rise might bring on the domestic front still remains.

  • 19/05/2014 | Argentina

    Pope's collaborator calls 'not to look for conflict' between Church, Gov't

    One of the Pope’s closest collaborator, Argentine Guillermo Karcher, said “there is no reason to look for causes for conflict” in the Episcopal document released last week about “violence” in Argentina.

  • 04/08/2013 | Argentina

    Hope, but not much else

    By James Neilson
    Jorge Bergoglio thoroughly enjoys being Pope Francis. He has let it be known that on occasion he would like to slip back into his former self and stroll through the streets of Rome without getting mobbed and he evidently finds all that papal pageantry tiresome, but there are plenty of compensations.

  • 17/03/2014 | Argentina

    CFK, Pope share lunch in the Vatican, talk about insecurity, inclusion, LatAm region

    President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and Pope Francis today shared a lunch which lasted two hours and a half at Santa Marta residence in the Vatican. It's the third time the Argentine head of state and Francis meet since the latter was elected pontiff one year ago.

  • 23/04/2013 | Argentina

    Argentine bishops thankful for selection of Pope Francis

    The Argentine Episcopal Conference released a “Letter to the people of God in relation to the appointment of Pope Francis,” in which Argentine bishops express their “joy and gratitude” for his election.

  • 24/04/2013 | Argentina

    Pope tells Estela de Carlotto 'count on me' after greeting her in San Peter's Square

    Pope Francis today saluted the president of the Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo Estela de Carlotto in San Peter's Square after leading the Wednesday's audience. They smiled and clasped hands before the pontiff ended the conversation by kissing her on the head. Carlotto handed the Pope a white envelope.

  • 17/07/2013 | Argentina

    Reports say CFK may fly to Brazil to meet with Pope Francis

    President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner may fly to Río de Janeiro next week to meet with Pope Francis who is expected to arrive on Monday in the South American country to attend the 2013 World Youth Day.

  • 22/03/2013 | Argentina

    'Pope can open doors to know where the disappeared are,' Estela de Carlotto

    The head of the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo organization, Estela de Carlotto, assured that Pope Francis “can open doors to know where the disappeared are.”

  • 22/03/2013 | Argentina

    Garzón: 'Pope Francis should release Vatican files on dictatorship'

    Former Spanish judge Baltasar Garzón said Pope Francis “could perfectly open the Vatican files to make public all communications and information sent from Argentina at the time of the last military dictatorship.”

  • 28/03/2013 | Argentina

    Vatican names Bergoglio's successor in Buenos Aires

    Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Mario Auerlio Poli, 65, of the diocese of Santa Rosa to succeed him as archbishop of Buenos Aires, the Vatican said today.

  • 19/03/2013 | Argentina

    CFK, first head of state to salute Pope Francis

    President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner was the first head of state to salute Pope Francis after the inauguration mass.

  • 19/03/2013 | Argentina

    'Pray for unity,' Pope to Plaza de Mayo vigil

    As thousands of Catholics were congregated at Plaza de Mayo in front of the Metropolitan Cathedral, where huge screens and Vatican and Argentine flags were set up for people to joyfully celebrate the beginning of Francis’ papacy, the Pontiff surprised the masses with an unexpected phone call.

  • 21/03/2013 | Argentina

    Pérez Esquivel meets Pope, rejects links to last dictatorship

    Pope Francis met today with Nobel Peace Prize winner Adolfo Pérez Esquivel who defended the new pontiff against accusations of involvement with the last military dictatorship.

  • 17/03/2013 | Argentina

    CFK arrives in Rome for papacy inauguration

    President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner arrived to the Vatican where she will meet with elected Pope Francis and attend the inauguration mass of his papacy next Tuesday.

  • 19/03/2013 | Argentina

    Hope for change as new Pope inaugurated

  • 14/03/2013 | Argentina

    Old stories target New World Pope

    By Carolina Barros
    In such a politically polarized country as Argentina today (in accordance with government needs), there are no more than two options — K or anti-K.

  • 15/03/2013 | Argentina

    Carlotto: 'Bergoglio has time to think over and make a 'mea culpa''

    The head of the Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo Estela de Carlotto today gave a “vote of confidence” to former cardinal Jorge Bergoglio in his “new mission” as Pope but warned that he should make a “mea culpa” if he committed “a crime or a mistake” during Argentina’s military dictatorship.

  • 14/03/2013 | Argentina

    First message of Pope Francis to Argentine Catholic Church

    In first message that Pope Francis delivered to the Argentine Catholic Church, the elected pontiff called them to accompany his assumption on March 19th with “some charity gesture towards those in need."

  • 14/03/2013 | Argentina

    Against liberalism, critic of the IMF and foreign debt

    By Carlos Burgueño
    Harsh critic of free-market liberalism, the IMF and adjustment policies, and defender of the debt restructuring processes, Jorge Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, never refused to define where he stands when it comes down to economics, even in the most difficult moments.

  • 14/03/2013 | Argentina

    The Pope's chalice: silver-made, austere and featuring Our Lady of Luján

    By Pablo Jiménez
    Sitting in his workshop in San Telmo, pencil in hand, goldsmith Juan Carlos Pallarols drafts one of his most meaningful works of art: a chalice that will be delivered to “Pope Jorge” on behalf of all Argentines.

  • 13/03/2013 | Argentina

    Election astounds country

    By Santiago Del Carril.- Argentines were in complete disbelief after the Vatican announced the election of the first ever Latin American pope, the Argentine Jesuit Jorge Mario Bergoglio. Church bells immediately began to throng throughout the whole country.

  • 14/03/2013 | Argentina

    ‘Bergoglio had no links with the dictatorship,’ Peace Nobel Prize winner

    Peace Nobel Prize winner Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, assured today that elected pope Jorge Bergoglio "had no links with the dictatorship” that ruled Argentina between the years 1976-1983 as he’s been accused for many years.

  • 14/03/2013 | Argentina

    Pope Francis 'a friend of the Islamic community'

    By BuenosAiresHerald.com staff
    Argentine Muslims have welcomed the election of Argentine cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as the head of the Roman Cathoilic Churhc. In an interview with Buenosairesherald.com, Sheij Mohsen Ali and CIRA Secretary General Dr.Sumer Noufouri praised Pope Francis’s “pro-dialogue” nature.

  • 20/02/2012 | Argentina

    Former Archbishop accused of sexual abuse dies

    Santa Fe’s former Archbishop Edgardo Storni, who was accused of aggravated sexual abuse, died at 75 years old at La Falda City, Córdoba province.

  • 13/03/2013 | Argentina

    CFK congratulates elected Pope Francis

    President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner sent a letter to Jorge Bergoglio and congratulated him on being elected the new leader of the Catholic Church.

  • 13/03/2013 | Argentina

    People rush to churches, weep as Argentine elected pope

    Jubilant Argentines poured into churches to celebrate the surprise announcement that one of their own - Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio - was the first Latin American pope, and many hoped he'd bring change to a Church in crisis.

  • 19/06/2014 | World

    Pope to miss procession but no health alarm, Vatican says

    Pope Francis will not walk in a traditional religious procession through the streets of Rome tonight in order to save his strength for coming engagements, the Vatican said although adding there was no reason for alarm over the health of the 77-year old pontiff.

  • 27/06/2014 | World

    Pope cancels Rome hospital visit at last minute

    Pope Francis cancelled a visit to a Rome hospital at the last minute today due to what the Vatican called a "sudden indisposition".

  • 07/07/2014 | World

    Pope apologises for 'sacrilegious cult' of Church's sexual abuse

    Pope Francis, in his strongest words ever on the sexual abuse of minors by Roman Catholic clerics, told victims today that the abuse was "camouflaged with a complicity" and begged forgiveness.

  • 05/06/2014 | World

    Pope fires entire board of Vatican financial watchdog

    Pope Francis sacked the five-man board of the Vatican's financial watchdog today, all Italians, in the latest move to break with an old guard associated with a murky past under his predecessor.

  • 08/06/2014 | World

    Francis urges Israel, Palestine to 'persevere undaunted in dialogue'

    Pope Francis told the Israeli and Palestinian presidents that they "must respond" to their people's yearning for peace in the Middle East and find "the strength to persevere undaunted in dialogue", at the end of an unprecedented prayer meeting in the Vatican gardens that marked the first time the two presidents have met in public in more than a year.

  • 11/06/2014 | World

    Pope reappears, dennounces corruption, child labour

    Pope Francis reappeared in good form after cancelling his official agenda for two days to rest. In his weekly audience, the Pope dennounced corrupt businessmen, human trafficking and child labour.

  • 02/05/2014 | World

    Pope: Vatican needs change of mentality, transparent finances

    Vatican administrators need a "change of mentality" and must ensure that the Holy See's finances are efficient, transparent and primarily aimed at helping the most needy, Pope Francis said today.

  • 15/05/2014 | World

    Pope shuns bulletproof vehicles for Middle East trip, Vatican says

    Pope Francis is shunning bulletproof vehicles during his trip to the Middle East this month, insisting that he use a normal car and be allowed to be as close to people as possible, the Vatican said today.

  • 26/05/2014 | World

    As Mideast trip nears end, Pope navigates minefield of symbols

    Pope Francis navigated the minefield of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and humbly bowed to kiss the hands of Holocaust survivors today, the last day of a Mideast trip laden with bold personal gestures.

  • 17/04/2014 | World

    Francis washes feet of 12 elderly, disabled

    In the traditional Holy Thursday Mass, Pope Francis washed and kissed the feet of 12 disabled people in commemoration of Jesus' gesture of humility towards his apostles on the night before he died.

  • 18/04/2014 | World

    Pope Francis Good Friday service underscores plight of the suffering

    The plight of immigrants, the poor, the sick, the elderly, unemployed and prisoners dominated Pope Francis' Good Friday service at Rome's Colosseum as he led Catholics around the world in commemorating the day Jesus died.

  • 10/03/2014 | World

    Pope to visit South Korea in August, Vatican says

    Pope Francis will make his first trip to Asia in August, visiting South Korea for a festival of Asian Catholic youth, the Vatican said today.

  • 21/03/2014 | World

    Pope tells Mafia to stop evil or prepare for hell

    Pope Francis, in an annual ceremony held to remember the hundreds of innocent people murdered by the Italian mafia, made a solemn plea for mobsters to change or else "end up in hell".

  • 05/02/2014 | World

    UN report demands Vatican act against child sex abuse

    The United Nations demanded that the Vatican "immediately remove" all clergy who are known or suspected child abusers and turn them over to civil authorities, in an unprecedented and scathing report today.

  • 14/02/2014 | World

    Lovers flock to St. Peter's for Valentine's meeting with pope

    Signs of affection were as common as signs of the cross in St. Peter's Square today as couples from around the world attended a special Valentine's Day gathering with Pope Francis.

  • 24/02/2014 | World

    Pope creates office to oversee Vatican finances

    Pope Francis has taken his boldest step yet to overhaul the Vatican's scandal-plagued finances, creating a new department with broad powers to oversee all of its economic and administrative affairs.

  • 21/01/2014 | World

    Pope urges Davos elite to serve humanity with wealth

    Pope Francis challenged business leaders assembled in Davos to put their wealth at the service of humanity instead of leaving most of the world's population in poverty and insecurity.

  • 27/01/2014 | World

    Thieves steal Pope John Paul's blood from Italy church

    Thieves broke into a small church in the mountains east of Rome over the weekend and stole a reliquary with the blood of the late Pope John Paul II, a custodian said today.

  • 24/09/2013 | World

    Ex-pope Benedict denies covering up sexual abuse

    Former Pope Benedict has denied that he tried to cover up sexual abuse of children by priests, in his first direct published comments since he stepped down.

  • 04/10/2013 | World

    Pope, in Assisi, calls on Church to shun vanity

    The Roman Catholic Church, from the lowliest priest to the pontiff himself, must strip itself of all "vanity, arrogance and pride" and humbly serve the poorest members of society, Pope Francis said today.

  • 06/12/2013 | World

    Pope Francis says Mandela 'will inspire generations'

    Pope Francis paid tribute to Nelson Mandela's struggle to forge a just South Africa today, praising the anti-apartheid hero's commitment to non-violence, reconciliation and truth.

  • 01/07/2013 | World

    Top Vatican bank managers resign after Monsignor's arrest

    The director and deputy director of the Vatican bank resigned today, following the arrest of a senior cleric with close connections to the bank who is accused of plotting to smuggle 20 million euros ($26 million) into Italy from Switzerland.

  • 29/07/2013 | World

    Pope Francis talks about Vatican bank, gays, in flight back to Italy

    Pope Francis said the troubled Vatican bank must become "honest and transparent" and that he will listen to the advice of a commission he has set up on whether it can be reformed or needs to be shut down altogether. He also referred to gay people saying they should not be judged or marginalized and should be integrated into society.

  • 19/09/2013 | World

    Pope says Church needs to be more open, welcoming, less inclined to condemn

    Francis said the Catholic Church should not allow its bans on gay marriage, abortion and contraception to dominate its teachings, but must be a more welcoming Church where priests are understanding pastors and not cold, dogmatic bureaucrats.

  • 07/05/2013 | World

    Pope Francis to visit Brazil slum, meet prisoners, on first trip

    Pope Francis will visit a favela and meet young prisoners when he travels to Brazil on his first international trip as pontiff in July, the Vatican said.

  • 26/05/2013 | World

    'Stop wrecking people's lives and repent,' Pope tells mafia

    Pope Francis spoke out against mafia organisations exploiting and enslaving people, calling on mafiosi to repent in words that recalled an impassioned plea by Pope John Paul II 20 years ago.

  • 07/06/2013 | World

    Pope Francis says he didn't want to be pope

    Pope Francis said today he had not wanted to become pontiff and that he had decided against moving into the luxurious papal apartments in order to preserve his mental health.

  • 14/04/2013 | World

    Pope says hypocrisy undermines Church's credibility

    Pope Francis said clergy and Christians must not betray the word of God with their actions or they undermine the credibility of the Catholic Church.

  • 01/05/2013 | World

    Pope Francis condemns Bangladesh working conditions as 'slave labour'

    Pope Francis on Wednesday condemned the conditions of workers who died in the Bangladesh factory collapse as "slave labour," saying unjust salaries and the unbridled quest for profits were "against God".

  • 05/05/2013 | World

    Pope encourages protection of children from abuse

    Pope Francis is calling for courageous defence of children to protect them from abuse. Francis made no mention of the church scandals in many countries in which clergy abused children and hierarchy covered up for them. 

  • 28/03/2013 | World

    Pope includes women for first time in Holy Thursday foot-washing rite

    Two young women were among 12 people whose feet Pope Francis washed and kissed at a traditional ceremony in a Rome youth prison on Holy Thursday, the first time a pontiff has included females in the rite.

  • 31/03/2013 | World

    Easter: Pope appeals for peace, end to Korea tensions

    Pope Francis used his first Easter Sunday address to call for peace in the world and appealed for a diplomatic solution to the crisis on the Korean peninsula.

  • 02/04/2013 | World

    Pope to review Vatican bureaucracy, bank scandal

    Pope Francis, who has said he wants the Catholic Church to be a model of austerity and honesty, could restructure or even close the Vatican's scandal-ridden bank as part of a broad review of its troubled bureaucracy, Vatican sources say.

  • 22/03/2013 | World

    Pope urges dialogue with Islam, says world must do more for poor

    Pope Francis urged the West to intensify dialogue with Islam and appealed to the world to do more to combat poverty.

  • 28/03/2013 | World

    Pope urges Catholic priests to help poor, shun careerism

    Beginning a busy programme of Easter events, Pope Francis urged Catholic priests to devote themselves to helping the poor and suffering instead of worrying about careers as Church "managers."

  • 19/03/2013 | World

    New pope's style an implicit criticism of Benedict's papacy

    With every day Pope Francis reigns, his style reveals more contrasts with his predecessor Benedict in ways that amount to an unspoken criticism of how the retired pontiff conducted his papacy.

  • 19/03/2013 | World

    Excerpts from pope's inauguration Mass

    Pope Francis inaugurated his papacy with a Mass for about 200,000 people, including foreign leaders and representatives of other religions in St. Peter's Square. An inaugural homily is significant because its themes are seen as offering clues to the future papacy.

  • 17/03/2013 | World

    'Show mercy, don't rush to condemn others' failures,' Pope Francis

    Pope Francis, speaking to an overflow crowd of more than 150,000 in St Peter's Square, urged the world to be more forgiving and merciful and not so quick to condemn other people's failures.

  • 18/03/2013 | World

    'Vatican has no role to play in Malvinas,' UK

    The United Kingdom played down the request made by President Cristina Fernández to Pope Francis to intervene in the Malvinas Islands sovereignty dispute.

  • 18/03/2013 | World

    Simpler inauguration for a more modest pope

    Pope Francis celebrates his inaugural Mass among political and religious leaders from around the world and amid a wave of hope for a renewal of the scandal-plagued Roman Catholic Church.

  • 15/03/2013 | World

    Official translation of Pope Francis' first homily

    Pope Francis delivered his first homily last night in the Sistine Chapel, indicating the path he wanted the Catholic Church to take. Here is the Vatican's official translation of the homily, released today.

  • 15/03/2013 | World

    Vatican denies Pope Francis stayed silent during dictatorship

    The Vatican today strongly denied accusations by some critics in Argentina that Pope Francis stayed silent during systematic human rights abuses by the former military dictatorship. Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi told reporters the accusations "must be clearly and firmly denied." He added, "They reveal anti-clerical left-wing elements that are used to attack the Church."

  • 15/03/2013 | World

    UK's Cameron tells Pope over Malvinas: 'White smoke over the islands was clear'

    British Prime Minister David Cameron said today that Pope Francis had been wrong to say last year that Britain had "usurped" the Malvinas Islands from Argentina, saying he respectfully disagreed with the new Pontiff.

  • 14/03/2013 | World

    Francis wants to 'contribute' to Catholic-Jewish relations

    In a letter addressed to the rabbi of the Roman Jewish community Riccardo Di Segni, Pope Francis said he expects to “contribute to the progress of the relations between Jews and Catholics."

  • 14/03/2013 | World

    Israeli President congratulates Francis, invites him to visit Holy Land

    Israeli President Shimon Perez congratulated Pope Francis on his election as head of the Roman Catholic Church and officially invited him to Israel in order to promote peace in a “stormy region."

  • 15/03/2013 | World

    Pope to cardinals: 'Let us never give in to the pessimism'

    Pope Francis today urged leaders of the Roman Catholic Church never to give in to discouragement and bitterness but to keep their eyes on their true mission.

  • 14/03/2013 | World

    Pope second biggest Twitter event of all time

    Twitter said it had seen some 7 million tweets related to the new pontiff Francis. At its peak, the papal tweeting reached a crescendo of 132,000 tweets per minute.

  • 14/03/2013 | World

    African, Asian Catholics see Pope Francis as force for renewal

    Catholics in Africa and Asia today greeted the election of Pope Francis from Argentina as a historic breakthrough that would pump the developing world's vital energy into a struggling Church and amplify the voice of the planet's poor.

  • 14/03/2013 | World

    With Francis, 'we'll have to get used to a new way of doing things'

    The Vatican, an age-old institution used to having almost everything done by the book, is bracing for the unscripted papacy. In less than 24 hours after he became the first non-European pope in some 1,300 years, Francis seemed to break more rules than his predecessor did in eight years.

  • 13/03/2013 | World

    Pope Francis welcome in Malvinas, says priest

    By Andrew Hughes. - The head of the Catholic Church in the Malvinas Islands, Monsignor Michael McMarcam, told the Herald that he was delighted by the news of Pope Francis’ election.

  • 14/03/2013 | World

    Francis visits Basilica in Roma

    Francis went to Rome's 5th-century Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore; there he prayed before a famed icon of Mary, the mother of Jesus, which is known as the Salus Populi Romani, or Protectress of the Roman People.

  • 14/03/2013 | World

    For electing him, Pope Francis tells cardinals: 'May God forgive you'

    "May God forgive you," Bergoglio said to the cardinals at a dinner, raising loud laughter, according to the Vatican’s Spoeksman, Federico Lombardi.

  • 13/03/2013 | World

    Bergoglio, the first pontiff from Latin America

    The first pope to be elected from the Americas and outside Europe in more than a milllenium, Argentine Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio has become the head of the Roman Catholic Church.

  • 13/03/2013 | World

    Vatican takes to Twitter to announce new Pope

    The Holy See announced to the World that a new Pope had been chosen not only through white smoke coming from the Sistine Chapel, but also via a social network after it tweeted “Habemus Papam”.

  • 13/03/2013 | World

    World leaders congratulate new Pope

    Leaders across the world celebrated the election of Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio as the new Pope, considering it a "historical moment" and a fact that makes the "Church more universal than ever."

  • 13/03/2013 | World

    Austrian cardinal's mother hopes he doesn't become pope

    Austrian Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn's elderly mother hopes he won't become pope because she fears she would never see him and that he would be overwhelmed by Vatican intrigues.

  • 13/03/2013 | World

    Argentina's Bergoglio elected as new pope Francis

    Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina was elected in a surprise choice to be the new leader of the troubled Roman Catholic Church, the first non-European pontiff in nearly 1,300 years, and said he would take the name Francis.

  • 13/03/2013 | World

    Bergoglio delivers first blessing

    Pope Francis, the former Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argetnina, delivered his first blessing to a huge crowd in St Peter's Square on Wednesday night, asking for the prayers of "all men and women of good will" to help him lead the Catholic Church.

  • 11/03/2013 | World

    Cardinals hold last discussions before Vatican lockdown

    Cardinals held final discussions on the troubled state of the Roman Catholic Church, the day before they seclude themselves from the world to elect a new pontiff, with no frontrunner in view.

  • 12/03/2013 | World

    Black smoke signals no pope chosen at conclave

    Black smoke rose from the Vatican's Sistine Chapel today, signaling that Roman Catholic cardinals had not elected a new pope in the first vote of their secret conclave.

  • 13/03/2013 | World

    Cardinals fail to elect pope after three ballots

    Black smoke rose from above the Sistine Chapel for a second day today after a secret conclave of cardinals held two more inconclusive votes for a new pope to lead the troubled Church.

  • 26/02/2013 | World

    Pope will keep title 'His Holiness' after resignation

    Pope Benedict will keep the honorific title of "His Holiness" after he abdicates and will be known as "pope emeritus," the Vatican said.

  • 27/02/2013 | World

    Pope speaks of 'rough seas' of papacy at farewell

    Pope Benedict bid an emotional farewell at his last general audience, acknowledging the "rough seas" that marked his papacy "when it seemed that the Lord was sleeping."

  • 01/03/2013 | World

    Ex-pope relaxes as cardinals prepare for vote

    A relaxed and rested Pope Emeritus Benedict read messages from well-wishers and strolled in his retirement palace gardens today as cardinals due to elect his successor planned pre-vote meetings for next week.

  • 17/02/2013 | World

    Pope, at one of last appearances, says pray for me and next pope

    Pope Benedict, speaking before a larger than usual crowd at his penultimate Sunday address, asked the faithful to pray for him and for the next pope.

  • 23/02/2013 | World

    Vatican accuses Italian media of false reports ahead of conclave

    The Vatican today accused the Italian media of spreading "false and damaging" reports in what it condemned as a deplorable attempt to influence cardinals who will meet in a secret conclave next month to elect a new pope.

  • 24/02/2013 | World

    Pope, on last Sunday, says following God's wishes

    Pope Benedict, speaking in his last Sunday address before becoming the first pope in some six centuries to step down, said he was following God's wishes and that he was not abandoning the Roman Catholic Church.

  • 13/02/2013 | World

    Crowd in St Peter's gives Pope standing ovation at final Mass

    A capacity crowd in St Peter's Basilica gave Pope Benedict a thunderous standing ovation at an emotional last public Mass before his resignation at the end of the month.

  • 14/02/2013 | World

    Benedict says to be 'hidden from world' after papacy

    Pope Benedict will see out his life in prayer, "hidden from the world", he said today in his first personal comment on his plans since he stunned Roman Catholics by announcing his retirement.

  • 16/02/2013 | World

    Conclave electing new pope could start before March 15 - Vatican

    The conclave to choose Pope Benedict's successor could start earlier than expected, giving the Roman Catholic Church a new leader by mid March, the Vatican said..

  • 06/01/2013 | World

    Pope says Church must stand firm against 'intolerant agnosticism'

    Pope Benedict said that Roman Catholic leaders must have the courage to stand up to attacks by "intolerant agnosticism" prevalent in many countries.

  • 11/02/2013 | World

    Pope resignation announcement text

  • 12/02/2013 | World

    Vatican plans big send off for pope, consultations begin

    Cardinals around the world began informal contacts to discuss who should next lead the Church through a period of major crisis and the Vatican said it planned a big send-off for Pope Benedict before he becomes the first pontiff in centuries to resign

  • 24/11/2012 | World

    Pope appoints six cardinals who will elect his successor

    Pope Benedict made six non-European prelates Roman Catholic cardinals, chipping away at the old continent's domination of the elite group that will one day elect his successor

  • 22/12/2012 | World

    Pope grants pre-Christmas pardon to former butler

    Pope Benedict has pardoned Paolo Gabriele, his former butler who was convicted in October of leaking sensitive documents that alleged corruption in the Holy See, the Vatican said,

  • 25/12/2012 | World

    Pope's Christmas message: 'hope must not die'

    Pope Benedict used his Christmas message to the world to say people should never lose hope for peace, even in conflict-riven Syria and in Nigeria where he spoke of "terrorism" against Christians.

  • 05/10/2012 | World

    Judgment looms for butler who leaked papal papers

    A trial that has thrown open the window on a betrayal of trust and sensitive secrets in the Vatican will come to a head on Saturday with final arguments before judges deliver their verdict on Pope Benedict's former butler.

  • 06/10/2012 | World

    Pope Benedict's former butler sentenced to prison

    A Vatican court convicted Pope Benedict's former butler of stealing sensitive documents and sentenced him to 18 months in prison today, at the end of one of the most sensational trials in the recent history of the Holy See.

  • 11/10/2012 | World

    Pope acknowledges 'bad fish' in Church

    Pope Benedict urged lapsed and lukewarm Roman Catholics to rediscover their faith but acknowledged there are "bad fish" in the Church itself.

  • 29/09/2012 | World

    Pope's butler goes on trial

    Pope Benedict's former butler went on trial on Saturday for using his intimate access to the pope's desk to steal and leak explosive documents in what he said was an attempt to clean up corruption in the Vatican.

  • 01/10/2012 | World

    Pope's butler set to testify at Vatican trial

    Pope Benedict's former butler is to give evidence for the first time on Tuesday on the second day of his trial for stealing documents he hoped would expose corrupt dealings in the Vatican.

  • 03/10/2012 | World

    Butler stole papers pope wanted destroyed, police says

    Pope Benedict's former butler stole highly sensitive papers the pontiff had marked "to be destroyed" and compromised Vatican security through his actions, the Holy See's police told his trial.

  • 13/08/2012 | World

    Vatican orders butler to stand trial, charges second man

    A Vatican magistrate ordered Pope Benedict's former butler to stand trial on charges of aggravated theft for leaking documents alleging corruption in the Vatican.

  • 14/09/2012 | World

    Pope says import of arms to Syria a 'grave sin'

    Pope Benedict appealed for a halt to the flow of arms into Syria, saying it would help end a civil war that has killed many thousands of people and which Christians fear could bring Islamists to power.

  • 28/09/2012 | World

    Trial of Pope Benedict's former butler to start on Saturday

    Pope Benedict's former butler, Paolo Gabriele, goes on trial on Saturday in one of the most embarrassing episodes in recent Vatican history.

  • 25/05/2012 | World

    Pope's butler arrested in leaks investigation

    Pope Benedict's butler was arrested in connection with an investigation into leaks of confidential documents, some alleging cronyism and corruption in Vatican contracts, a senior Vatican source said.

  • 26/05/2012 | World

    Pope's butler charged over leaks scandal

    Vatican magistrates formally charged Pope Benedict's butler with illegal possession of secret documents and said a wider investigation would take place to see if he had any accomplices who helped him leak them.

  • 03/06/2012 | World

    No respite for pope as more documents leaked

    Pope Benedict got no rest from a leaks scandal when an Italian newspaper published documents showing that his butler was not the only person in possession of confidential correspondence indicating a Vatican in disarray.

  • 07/04/2012 | World

    Pope says technology without God is 'dangerous'

    Pope Benedict, leading the world's Catholics into Easter, said on Saturday technological progress, in the absence of awareness of God and moral values, posed a threat to the world.

  • 15/04/2012 | World

    Pope marks milestones amid signs of frailty, succession talk

    Pope Benedict marks two milestones this week and while his health appears stable, signs of frailty have again prompted speculation over whether he will be the first pontiff in seven centuries to resign.

  • 28/03/2012 | World

    Pope gives huge mass, urges for changes in Cuba

    Pope Benedict XVI wrapped up his visit to Cuba today with an enormous Mass before hundreds of thousands of people in emblematic Revolution Square. “Cuba and the world need change,’’ he said.

  • 01/04/2012 | World

    Pope preaches unity on Palm Sunday after Latin America visit

    Pope Benedict preached a message of unity as he opened Holy Week celebrations on Palm Sunday before tens of thousands of faithful packed into St Peter's Square.

  • 05/04/2012 | World

    Pope reaffirms ban on women priests, assails disobedience

    Pope Benedict today re-stated the Roman Catholic Church's ban on women priests and warned that he would not tolerate disobedience by clerics on fundamental teachings.

  • 18/02/2012 | World

    Pope leaves stamp on Church future with new cardinals

    Pope Benedict, putting his mark on his Church's future, on Saturday inducted 22 men into the exclusive group of cardinals who will one day elect one of their own to succeed him as leader of the world's 1.3 billion Roman Catholics.

  • 23/02/2012 | World

    Pope Benedict XVI sends condolence letter to relatives of train crash victims

    Pope Benedict XVI sent a letter to Argentine Church's Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio expressing to be "profoundly afflicted" by yesterday' s Once train crash in which 50 people lost their lives, and giving his condolences to all relatives and victims. 

  • 27/03/2012 | World

    Pope, Castro meet as official squashes reform hopes

    Pope Benedict and Cuban President Raúl Castro met on Tuesday for talks on a papal trip that has sparked hopes for economic and political change, but one national leader said there would be no political reform on the communist island.

  • 19/11/2011 | World

    Pope says West should not condescend to Africa

    Pope Benedict said on the developed world could not continue to look down on Africa "with the judgmental tone of a moralizer" and impose rules, but must come up with real partnership solutions to solve the continent's many problems.

  • 09/01/2012 | World

    Pope Benedict: gay marriage a threat to humanity's future

    Pope Benedict said today that gay marriage was one of several threats to the traditional family that undermined "the future of humanity itself".

  • 26/01/2012 | World

    Corruption scandal shakes Vatican as internal letters leaked

    The Vatican was shaken by a corruption scandal after an Italian television investigation said a former top official had been transferred against his will after complaining about irregularities in awarding contracts.

  • 16/11/2011 | World

    Obama kisses Chávez in Benetton ad campaign

    Italian store Benetton launched its new ad campaign with photo montages showing the Pope kissing the imam of Cairo's al-Azhar, Ahmed el Tayeb, and Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez also kissing his US counterpart Barack Obama in the name of the fight “against hate.”

  • 17/11/2011 | World

    Vatican takes legal action over Benetton Pope kiss ad

    The Vatican said today it would take legal action to stop the distribution of a photo montage in an advertisement by the Italian fashion firm Benetton showing Pope Benedict kissing an imam on the mouth.

  • 18/11/2011 | World

    Pope Benedict VXI urges Africa not to surrender to market forces

    Pope Benedict, arriving on his second trip to Africa as Roman Catholic leader, urged African nations to resist the temptation to surrender to market forces as they grow and modernize.

  • 23/09/2011 | World

    Pope meets sexual abuse victims, expresses regret

    Pope Benedict held an unannounced meeting with German victims of sexual abuse by priests and expressed his deep regret for their suffering and that of their families, the Vatican said in a statement.

  • 24/09/2011 | World

    Catholics cannot accept gay marriage, pope says

    Pope Benedict said the Catholic Church could not accept gay marriage and urged young people to root out evil in society and shun a "lukewarm" faith that damages their Church.

  • 27/10/2011 | World

    Pope expresses shame for Christian violence in history

    Pope Benedict, leading a global inter-religious meeting, acknowledged today "with great shame" that Christianity had used force in its long history but said violence in God's name had no place in the world today.

  • 19/08/2011 | World

    Pope Benedict XVI celebrates World Youth Day

    Pope Benedict XVI met with teachers and university professors today at the historic San Lorenzo de Escorial Monastery, on the second day of his visit to Spain and warned against a utilitarian focus in education, which he considered to conduct “science without limits,” and to be “totalitarianism”.

  • 10/09/2011 | World

    Pope recalls 9/11,condemns violence in God's name

    Pope Benedict condemned violence in God's name, but said that 10 years after the Sept. 11 attacks, the world still had much to do to address the grievances that can give rise to acts of terrorism.

  • 22/09/2011 | World

    Berlin greets pope with praise and protests

    Germans opposed to Pope Benedict's teachings on sexuality and angry at cases of abuse by priests protested in Berlin while members of parliament boycotted a speech by the pontiff at the start of his four-day visit to his homeland.

  • 29/04/2011 | World

    Pope John Paul body exhumed ahead of beatification

    Pope John Paul's coffin was exhumed ahead of his beatification as tens of thousands of people began arriving in Rome for one of the biggest events since his funeral in 2005.

  • 16/08/2011 | World

    Pope to face protests over Spain trip costs

    While thousands gather in Madrid at a lavish welcome offered to Pope Benedict for a Roman Catholic youth festival this week, protesters are planning to march to complain over its cost at a time of economic hardship.

  • 17/08/2011 | World

    Thousands rally in Spain against cost of Pope visit

    Thousands of protesters marched in Madrid against the cost of the Pope's visit to Spain this week at a time of growing public anxiety and economic hardship in the country.

  • 17/04/2011 | World

    'Technology can't replace God' -Pope on Palm Sunday

    Pope Benedict led Roman Catholics into Holy Week celebrations, telling a Palm Sunday crowd that man will pay the price for his pride if he believes technology can give him the powers of God.

  • 21/04/2011 | World

    Pope warns of falling belief in West

    Pope Benedict lamented the widespread abandonment of faith in the West on Holy Thursday before he washed and dried the feet of 12 men to mark Christ's gesture of humility to his apostles on the night before he died.

  • 23/04/2011 | World

    Pope begins Easter as John Paul beatification nears

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  • 24/01/2011 | World

    Pope warns of alienation risk in social networks

    Pope Benedict gave a qualified blessing to social networking, praising its potential but warning that online friendships are no substitute for real human contact.

  • 02/03/2011 | World

    Pope book says Jews not guilty of Jesus Christ's death

    Pope Benedict, in a new book, has personally exonerated Jews of allegations they were responsible for Jesus Christ's death, repudiating the concept of collective guilt that has haunted Christian-Jewish relations for centuries.

  • 10/03/2011 | World

    Pope's book on Jesus condemns religious violence

    Pope Benedict has condemned violence committed in God's name and personally exonerated Jews of responsibility for Jesus' death in his latest book.

  • 20/12/2010 | World

    Church must reform after abuse scandal, pope says

    Pope Benedict called for a re-examination of the Church's message and practices to enable it to learn from the scandal of the sexual abuse of children by Roman Catholic priests.

  • 02/01/2011 | World

    Pope Benedict condemns church attack in Egypt

    Pope Benedict condemned a bomb blast outside a church in Egypt which killed at least 21 people, the latest in a series of attacks on Christians in the Middle East and Africa.

  • 14/01/2011 | World

    Pope John Paul close to sainthood, to be beatified

    The late Pope John Paul II was moved a major step closer to sainthood in the Roman Catholic Church when his successor approved a decree attributing a miracle to him.

  • 14/04/2014 | Latin America

    Pope Francis expresses his solidarity with Chilean victims

    Pope Francis expressed his solidarity and "spiritual proximity" to the victims of the "terrible fire" that killed at least 12 people in the Chilean city of Valparaíso.

  • 25/07/2013 | Latin America

    Crowd of up to a million cheers Pope on Brazil's Copacabana beach

    Pope Francis issued his first social manifesto, calling on the rich to wipe out vast inequalities, and later received an ecstatic welcome from up to a million people on Rio's famed Copacabana beach.

  • 26/07/2013 | Latin America

    Pope Francis delivers the Angelus from balcony of Episcopal palace

    Pope Francis today briefly received young prisoners at the San Joaquin Episcopal palace and delivered the Angelus from the balcony.

  • 28/07/2013 | Latin America

    Millions at Brazil Mass hear pope ask youth to change world

    Rio's famed Copacabana beach, usually the venue for scantily-clad sun-seekers and revelry, became a massive Catholic campground as Pope Francis concluded a youth festival by urging young people to go forth and build a new world.

  • 23/07/2013 | Latin America

    Pope to use closed vehicle after incidents in Rio

    Rio de Janeiro transport secretary Carlos Osorio has announced that Pope Francis will use a closed vehicle for his next public appearance, due to the clamor that was caused by the pontiff on arriving in the Brazilian city.

  • 24/07/2013 | Latin America

    Pope Francis calls to shun the 'ephemeral idols' of money and pleasure

    Pope Francis held his first mass as a pontiff at the Basilica of Our Lady of Aparecida in Sao Paulo before thousands of faithfuls who gathered despite de cold and the rain.

  • 24/07/2013 | Latin America

    Pope Francis' visit to Aparecida

  • 22/07/2013 | Latin America

    Pope Francis: 'Young people present big challenges to us'

    While speaking from the Guanabara Palace in Rio de Janeiro, Pope Francis assured that “young people are the window for the future of the world” and presents “big challenges to us.”

  • 22/07/2013 | Latin America

    Rio rocked by protests close to site of Pope visit

    The Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro was the stage for violent protests, centred around Palacio Guanabara where earlier Pope Francis had been received by the nation's president Dilma Rousseff.

  • 23/07/2013 | Latin America

    Pope Francis thanks 'magnificent welcome' in Rio

    Pope Francis one more time used his Twitter account to speak to his followers and expressed “thank you to all of you and to all the authorities for a magnificent welcome in Rio.”

  • 24/03/2013 | Latin America

    Francis confirms Rio de Janeiro visit

    Francis confirmed that he will go to Rio de Janeiro at the end of the July to take part in the Church's World Day of Youth, a gathering of Catholic young people that takes place in a different city every two years.

  • 22/07/2013 | Latin America

    Police detonate bomb found in site of Pope visit

    Sao Paulo military police have detonated a home-made bomb that was found in one of the bathrooms inside the National Sanctuary of Aparecida, which will be visited by Pope Francisco on Wednesday.

  • 31/03/2012 | Latin America

    Cuba declares Good Friday a holiday at pope's request

    Cuba has declared next week's Good Friday a holiday following a request from Pope Benedict during his visit to the island, state media said on Saturday.

  • 11/02/2013 | Latin America

    Our turn next for pope, say Latin Americans

    Latin America senses an opportunity to break Europe's grip on the papacy as Pope Benedict's decision to step down stirs hopes the world's biggest Roman Catholic bloc may finally get to lead the Church.

  • 13/03/2013 | Latin America

    Latin America’s pontiff

    By Carolina Barros.- The first Jesuit, Latin American and Argentine pope ever. Sounds like another case of “God is also Argentine,” that popular saying which offers so much consolation and hope in bleak times — not to mention “the hand of God.”

  • 27/03/2012 | Latin America

    Pope calls for more justice, peace, freedom in Cuba

    Pope Benedict urged Cubans to build a better, "renewed and open society" and pressed the communist government to give the Catholic Church more liberties to help the country as it faced an uncertain future.

  • 28/03/2012 | Latin America

    Pope to end Cuba trip with mass, Fidel Castro meeting

    Pope Benedict will step onto Cuba's biggest stage today with a public mass in Havana's Revolution Square as he wraps up a trip that began with a blast at communism and will end with a visit with Fidel Castro.

  • 28/03/2012 | Latin America

    Pope meets with Fidel Castro

    Pope Benedict ended his visit to Cuba on Wednesday by urging the communist-run island to search for "authentic freedom" and condemning a 50-year-old US trade embargo while also making time to meet with ailing revolutionary icon Fidel Castro.

  • 25/03/2012 | Latin America

    Chávez starts radiation therapy, may meet Pope

    Venezuela's Hugo Chávez said on Sunday he had started radiation treatment in Cuba, where he could also meet Pope Benedict in the latest high profile development as the president tries to fight off cancer and win re-election.

  • 25/03/2012 | Latin America

    Pope condemns corruption, drug trade in Mexico

    Pope Benedict at a huge outdoor Mass on Sunday condemned drug trafficking and corruption in Mexico, urging people to put aside violence and revenge in the country where a murderous war between cartels has led to tens of thousands of deaths.

  • 26/03/2012 | Latin America

    Pope lands in Cuba for 3-day visit

    Pope Benedict arrived in Cuba for a three-day visit to showcase improving Church-state relations and push for a larger Church role at a time of change on the communist island.

  • 23/03/2012 | Latin America

    Pope says communism does not work in Cuba

    Pope Benedict said communism no longer works in Cuba and the Church was ready to help the island find new ways of moving forward without "trauma."

  • 23/03/2012 | Latin America

    Cuba will listen to Pope Benedict with respect, foreign minister says

    “Cuba will receive and listen affectionately and respectfully to what Pope Benedict XVI has to say,” Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez told the international press today. His remarks come just a few hours after the international media published the Pope’s views on the island’s regime.

  • 23/03/2012 | Latin America

    Pope arrives in Mexico talking tough on drug gangs

    Pope Benedict landed in Mexico promising to send out a strong message against drug cartels in a country convulsed by a surge in gang violence over the past five years.

  • 23/12/2011 | Latin America

    Cuba says to release 2,900 prisoners

    Cuba, which is preparing for a visit by Pope Benedict XVI next spring, will release 2,900 prisoners in the coming days for humanitarian reasons, including some convicted of crimes against "the security of the state," the Cuban government said.

  • 14/03/2012 | Latin America

    Seeking pope's help, Cuban dissidents occupy church

    Cuban dissidents occupied a Roman Catholic church in Havana in what a Church spokesman said was part of a broader orchestrated action to get Pope Benedict to press for change when he visits later this month.

  • 19/03/2012 | Latin America

    Cuba releases Ladies in White as pope visit nears

    Cuba released 70 members of the dissident Ladies in White group detained during the weekend but warned them not to attend activities related to next week's visit of Pope Benedict, the group's leader said.

  • 13/08/2013 | Sports

    Francis to Argentine and Italian soccer players: 'You have a social responsibility'

    The Argentine and Italian national soccer teams visited Pope Francis today in a 15-minute private audience held at the Vatican ahead of the friendly match they will play tomorrow in Rome.

  • 17/10/2011 | Arts and Media

    Susan Sarandon calls Pope Benedict a Nazi

    Actress and social activist Susan Sarandon was reported to have called Pope Benedict a Nazi during a public discussion at a US film festival in New York.

  • 05/03/2013 | Arts and Media

    Rome exhibition takes aim at the Church as papal vote looms

    As cardinals flock to Rome to choose the next pope, two artists have taken the opportunity to stage an exhibition taking aim at the wealth of the Roman Catholic Church and the sex abuse scandals that plagued Pope Benedict.

  • 14/03/2013 | Argentina

    Election astounds country

    By Santiago del Carril - Argentines were in complete disbelief yesterday after the Vatican announced the election of the first ever Latin American pope, the Argentine Jesuit Jorge Mario Bergoglio. Church bells immediately began to throng throughout the whole country.


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