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Despite popes' commitment, still much to do to stop paedophile priests: Vatican

Mar 04, 2016

Despite popes' commitment, still much to do to stop paedophile priests: Vatican

Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said "sensationalism" surrounding the Oscar-winning film Spotlight and hearings into an alleged cover-up of abuse by Cardinal George Pell in Rome had given the public the wrong impression. #NewsTracker #Pope Benedict XVI #Vatican #Oscar #Pope Francis #Federico Lombardi #Spotlight #Vatican sex abuse scandal
Vatican bank shakeup expected as Pope Francis mulls reform

Jul 02, 2014

Vatican bank shakeup expected as Pope Francis mulls reform

It was this time last year that the top two managers at the Institute for Religious Works were forced out after a Vatican monsignor with millions deposited in the bank was arrested in an alleged money-smuggling plot. #World #India #NewsTracker #Pope Benedict XVI #Pope Francis #Vatican bank #Von Freyberg
Pope Francis presides over historic day of four popes

Apr 27, 2014

Pope Francis presides over historic day of four popes

Pope Francis declared his two predecessors John XXIII and John Paul II saints on Sunday before hundreds of thousands of people in St. Peter's Square, an unprecedented ceremony made even more historic by the presence of retired Pope Benedict XVI. #NewsTracker #Pope Benedict XVI #Vatican #Pope Francis #John Paul II #John XXIII
Two living popes to honour two dead ones: All you need to know

Apr 27, 2014

Two living popes to honour two dead ones: All you need to know

In a historic match-up of papacies past and present, Pope Francis and emeritus Pope Benedict XVI will honor Popes John XXIII and John Paul II in the first ever canonization of two popes. #World #NewsTracker #Pope Benedict XVI #Vatican #Christianity #John Paul II #Pope Franics #John XXIII
I'm a great admirer of you: Barack Obama tells Pope Francis

Mar 27, 2014

I'm a great admirer of you: Barack Obama tells Pope Francis

"It is a great honor. I'm a great admirer," Obama said. "Thank you so much for receiving me." #United States #World #Barack Obama #Pope Benedict XVI #Pope Francis
Benedict denies he was pressured to resign as Pope

Feb 26, 2014

Benedict denies he was pressured to resign as Pope

Retired Pope Benedict XVI has denied speculation that he was pressured to resign, saying his decision was freely made and his alone. #NewsTracker #Vatican City #Pope Benedict XVI #Vatican #Roman Catholic Church #Pope Francis
For first time in 600 years, Popes meet for lunch: What will they discuss?

Mar 23, 2013

For first time in 600 years, Popes meet for lunch: What will they discuss?

The Vatican is downplaying the luncheon in keeping with Benedict's desire to remain "hidden from the world." #NewsTracker #Vatican City #Pope Benedict XVI #Pope Francis
Conclave to elect new pope to begin on Tuesday

Mar 11, 2013

Conclave to elect new pope to begin on Tuesday

The conclave date was set on Friday afternoon during a vote by the College of Cardinals. Tuesday will begin with a Mass in the morning in St Peter's Basilica, followed by the first balloting in the afternoon. #NewsTracker #Vatican City #Pope Benedict XVI #College of Cardinals #Papal conclave #Vatican Church
Pope leaves Vatican, says he's a simple pilgrim

Feb 28, 2013

Pope leaves Vatican, says he's a simple pilgrim

Pope Benedict XVI has greeted the faithful for the last time as pope, telling well-wishers gathered at the Vatican's vacation retreat that he is beginning the final stage of his life as a "simple pilgrim," hours before he becomes the first pontiff in 600 years to resign. #NewsTracker #Pope Benedict XVI #Vatican #Castel Gandolfo #St. Peter's Square
Images: Thousands bid Pope Benedict farewell at his last general audience

Feb 28, 2013

Images: Thousands bid Pope Benedict farewell at his last general audience

Pope Benedict XVI basked in an emotional sendoff on Wednesday at his final general audience in St Peter’s Square, recalling moments of “joy and light” during his papacy. Tens of thousands of people toting banners saying “Grazie!” — “Thank you” — jammed the piazza in Rome to bid him farewell. #ImagesOfTheDay #Pope Benedict XVI #Roman Catholic Church #Pope farewell