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Pope Benedict Xvi Resignation

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...

Pope Francis I: Well-Timed Sex and Mafia Scandals

Janet Tavakoli | Posted 05.19.2013 | Business
Janet Tavakoli

However it came about, the Vatican is now ruled by a Jesuit pope committed to helping the powerless and the poor, and his election was apparently made possible by the downfall of the privileged and the greedy.

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

Howard Bragman | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 ...

Parking Violation

Jonathan Richards | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics
Jonathan Richards


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.

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...

What Pope Benedict XVI Shares With His Notorius Namesake

Religion News Service | Daniel Burke | Posted 02.27.2013 | Religion

(RNS) You won't find many Catholic churches named after Pope Benedict IX. He was a puppet pope, installed by his powerful family at a time when riv...

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...

Benedict: The Quiet Pope, the Scholar

Michael Novak | Posted 04.20.2013 | Religion
Michael Novak

I have known Joseph Ratzinger since we were both young men at the Second Vatican Council in 1963-64. After the death of John Paul the Great, I very much wanted his great friend Ratzinger to succeed him, old and frail of health as he was.

Pope To Live 'Hidden From The World'

Religion News Service | Alessandro Speciale | Posted 02.15.2013 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Addressing church leaders for one of the last times of his papacy, Pope Benedict XVI said Thursday (Feb. 14) that he intends to liv...

Deaf Ears And A Sinking Ship: Why Pope Benedict XVI Resigned

Michele Somerville | Posted 04.15.2013 | Religion
Michele Somerville

I'd like to imagine he took a sweeping look at his career as a priest and prelate, and while not discounting the value of this contributions as an intellectual, took note of the degree to which he permitted the "power" to snuff out so much of the "glory."

Evangelicals Embrace A Like-Minded Pope

Religion News Service | Daniel Burke | Posted 02.13.2013 | Religion

(RNS) Not all Catholics appreciated Pope Benedict XVI's staunch defense of Christian orthodoxy, traditional marriage and life from conception to natur...

Hope For A Gay Pope? One Actor Says Yes

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Alan Cumming has a few suggestions for the Vatican when it comes to choosing Pope Benedict XVI's replacement. "If I was going to rebrand the Catho...

Can A Non-European Pope Heal The Church?

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 04.14.2013 | Religion
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

A black or Latin American pope could send the strong message to practicing Catholics and prospective converts in Latin America or Africa that the Catholic Church is committed to making them not only church members, but policy decision makers.

Benedict Speaks: 15 Quotes From The Outgoing Pope

Stephen Mansfield | Posted 04.14.2013 | Religion
Stephen Mansfield

As Benedict XVI relinquishes the papacy, much of the non-Catholic world has to admit they have seldom heard him speak directly to them in a language they could understand. Consider then, in the final days of this pope, a short compilation if his more trenchant statements.

The Missing Element Of The Conversation On Benedict's Resignation

Andreas Widmer | Posted 04.14.2013 | Religion
Andreas Widmer

Leaders take note: Pope Benedict XVI provides a rare but profound example of humility in action. True leaders put their cause before their power and self-interest.

Meet the New Pope, Same as the Old Pope

Chez Pazienza | Posted 04.14.2013 | World
Chez Pazienza

Whomever the Church chooses to succeed Pope Benedict should be important. It should be, but for the most part it isn't, because it's almost impossible to imagine a scenario in which the changing times or the will of mere mortals will impact the decision-making of the next head of the Catholic Church.

If I Were Pope

Jan Phillips | Posted 04.14.2013 | Religion
Jan Phillips

If I were pope / I'd proclaim the end of my infallibility / and banish the word sin from the doctrines of faith.

The Last 20th-Century Pope

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 04.14.2013 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

Benedict's discernment in appreciating the frailties of advancing years and his wisdom in acting accordingly are extraordinary. But the question of his legacy arises. How do we put his career into perspective?

The Catholic Church Needs To 'Man Up'

Kristen Houghton | Posted 04.14.2013 | Religion
Kristen Houghton

It is time to for the church to really take responsibility for the pain it has caused, the innocence it has stolen and the lives it has ruined.

Joe Biden: 'I Am Not Running'

The Huffington Post | Lisa Miller | Posted 02.12.2013 | Politics

Don't expect to see Vice President Joe Biden dressed like the pope anytime soon. "I am not running," Biden said at a Philadelphia gun violence even...

Strength In Weakness

Kim Daniels | Posted 04.14.2013 | Religion
Kim Daniels

With his resignation Pope Benedict -- arguably one of the most powerful people in the world -- has chosen to give up that temporal power to align himself with the sick, the weak, the frail. In doing so he's affirming the central Christian truth that "when I am weak, then I am strong."

Hoping For A New Era For The Catholic Church

Yaa-Hemaa Obiri-Yeboah | Posted 04.14.2013 | Religion
Yaa-Hemaa Obiri-Yeboah

By stepping down from the papacy, a candidate from Latin America, Asia or Africa could be elected as pope. The familiar (read: European) face of the papacy may one day become all but a distant memory.

In Resigning, Pope Benedict XVI Finds His Finest Hour

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 04.14.2013 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

If the Church and the world are fortunate, perhaps the winter of papal resignation will be followed by a spring of reform.