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Pope Benedict Resigns

Pope Benedict Addresses Conspiracy Rumors

Posted 02.26.2014 | Religion

Retired Pope Benedict XVI says his decision to quit last year was his alone -- that he wasn't pressured, that he's not the victim of a conspiracy and ...

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI Is Thriving, Thank You Very Much

Religious News Service | David Gibson | Posted 02.25.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) When Pope Benedict XVI officially left the Vatican in a helicopter a year ago this week (Feb. 28), becoming the first pontiff in 60...

God Didn't Really Tell Ex-Pope Benedict To Resign

Religion News Service | Alessandro Speciale | Posted 08.27.2013 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) The personal secretary of former Pope Benedict XVI denied that the pontiff resigned as a consequence of a “mystical experience”...

Benedict Gives Real Reason For Resignation

Posted 08.21.2013 | Religion

Former Pope Benedict cited his advanced age and failing strength as the reason he stepped down from the Church's highest office on February 11, though...

"I Quit!": What CEOS, Including Andrew Mason, Can Learn From Pope Benedict's Decision

Adam Hanft | Posted 05.14.2013 | Business
Adam Hanft

A new tradition of CEOs stepping aside when they know that there are better equipped leaders for their companies would be a valuable contribution to capitalism. Sometimes -- as Pope Benedict reminded us -- the current CEO doesn't have a prayer.

Cardinal O'Brien And The Vatican: Sex, Power And The Corruption Of The Closet

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 05.04.2013 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

While many people are forced to be remain closeted in a still often homophobic society, the closet nonetheless should never be seen as a healthy place. It suffocates its occupants and, when combined with power, has them victimizing many others.

WATCH: Howard Bragman's 'Gwissues' Tackles Catholicism And The LGBT Community

Howard Bragman | Posted 05.01.2013 | Gay Voices
Howard Bragman

In the latest episode, I and guest panelists Jim Smith (program manager of Dignity USA), Mike Moroski (equal rights activist) and Brent Childers (executive director of Faith in America) discuss hopes for a new, reformed pope and how Catholicism plays a role within the LGBT community.

Vatican Admits To Possible Wiretaps Of Church Officials

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 03.01.2013 | Religion

In the wake of several high-profile and salacious scandals alleging corruption and sexual politics inside the Vatican, Rome was rocked again Thursday ...

Jaweed Kaleem

The Complex Secrecy Behind Electing A New Pope | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 03.03.2013 | Religion

Derived from the Latin phrase for something locked away "with a key," the papal conclave is one of the world's most secretive elections. Church off...

The Pope's Last Flight: A Media Masterpiece

Dario Morelli | Posted 04.30.2013 | Religion
Dario Morelli

A precise, wise and great director orchestrated the video of Benedict XVI's flight toward oblivion. The inexorable trajectory of the helicopter in front of the background of a majestic and exhausted city, the hypnotic hum of the blades as the only noise, accompanied by the bells of Rome, which tolled the newly Vacant Seat -- for the first time, joyfully.

Jaweed Kaleem

What Happens Now That There's No Pope? | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 03.01.2013 | Religion

As of 8 p.m. in Italy -- 2 p.m. on the U.S. East Coast and not long after landing via helicopter at his retreat at Castel Gandolfo -- Pope Benedict XV...

POPE LIVE: Ready For Departure, Final Meetings

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 04.30.2013 | Religion

"Pope Live" follows the events of the final day of Pope Benedict XVI's papacy as seen by journalists from The Associated Press around the world. It wi...

Blogger: Pope May Actually Be Gay After All

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 02.28.2013 | Religion

A prominent Catholic and gay blogger has renewed speculation that the outgoing Pope Benedict may be secretly gay. Following the announcement that B...

Pope Benedict And The Vatican's 'Gay Lobby'

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 04.27.2013 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

It's unlikely that Pope Benedict resigned because he was pushed out by an all-powerful "gay lobby" within the Vatican; it's more probable that at 85 years old, he is simply not up to the task of purging the church of the secret gays whom the Vatican sees as the cause of its problems.

Vatican Slams Media Reports Of Gay Scandal As 'Gossip, Misinformation And Slander'

The Huffington Post | Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 02.25.2013 | Religion

The Vatican on Saturday strongly condemned media coverage of a report that is said to contain information about the influence of a gay network and fin...

Report: Pope's Resignation Linked To Secret Vatican Gay Lobby

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 02.23.2013 | Religion

Was the pope under the influence of a secretive "gay lobby" within the Vatican itself? That's the claim put forth by Italian daily newspaper La Re...

WATCH: The Video The Pope Doesn't Want You To See

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 02.20.2013 | Comedy

Pope Benedict as an Ensure-swilling, blunt-bogarting grump? A goofy new video, "It's Hard Out Here For A Pope," presents the unholy possibility in ...

Papal Selection Focused on Preserving Eternal Principles

Mark R. Kennedy | Posted 04.15.2013 | Religion
Mark R. Kennedy

Though the upcoming procedure for picking his successor may appear political, much forethought has been given to keeping it from being so.

Pope Benedict's Legacy and the Next Steps for the Church

Angelo Federico Arcelli | Posted 04.14.2013 | World
Angelo Federico Arcelli

Pope Benedict's decision to resign bets on a better future for the Catholic Church, with the certainty that through faith, the conclave of Cardinals will choose the most appropriate candidate for his successor.

Pope's Brother Says Vatileaks Scandal Weighed On Elderly Pontiff

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 02.12.2013 | Religion

News of Pope Benedict XVI's resignation was greeted with almost immediate speculation when it was announced Monday. Why had the pontiff decided to do ...

How The Traditional Pope Benedict Is Redefining The Papacy

Religion News Service | David Gibson and Alessandro Speciale | Posted 02.12.2013 | Religion

(RNS) Pope Benedict XVI came into office with the reputation of a conservative hard-liner, a vigorous defender of orthodoxy who wanted to restore Trad...

Pope Benedict's Legacy in Ireland

David Quinn | Posted 04.14.2013 | World
David Quinn

As the Pope himself admits, he had his flaws and he made mistakes, but he was and is undoubtedly a holy man. He should be remembered above all for that.

Despite Hopes, First-Ever Latin American Pope Unlikely

AP | E. EDUARDO CASTILLO | Posted 02.19.2013 | World

MEXICO CITY -- Latin America is home to the world's largest Roman Catholic population, but hopes that the next pope will come from the region appear f...

Lila Shapiro

Does Pope's Departure Open Gay Rights Window? | Lila Shapiro | Posted 02.12.2013 | Gay Voices

Jeannine Gramick, a Roman Catholic nun and co-founder of a U.S. ministry for gay and lesbian Catholics, met Pope Benedict XVI only once, by chance, on...

PHOTOS: How Newspapers Covered Pope's Shocking Resignation

Posted 04.14.2013 | Media

Pope Benedict XVI's resignation made the front pages of newspapers all over the world on Tuesday. On Monday, he announced that he will resign on F...