Pope Benedict XVI
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Cardinals from around the world gather this week in a conclave to elect a new pope. Several names have come up repeatedly as strong contenders. Here is a look at who they are:
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Sistine Chapel closed to visitors on Tuesday and construction work got under way to prepare it for the conclave that will choose the next pope, but five cardinals had yet to arrive for the preparatory meetings.
CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy (AP) — Pope Benedict XVI left the Catholic Church in unprecedented limbo Thursday as he became the first pope in 600 years to resign, capping a tearful day of farewells that included an extraordinary pledge of obedience to his successor.
(AP) – In a survey days after Pope Benedict XVI announced his abdication, Catholics split over whether they hope his successor will generally preserve tradition or make changes in Catholic teaching.
AP Correspondent Nicole Winfield called in from Vatican City to discuss Pope Benedict’s resignation with Penny and Phil. Click here to listen to the interview.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Benedict XVI bestowed his final Sunday blessing of his pontificate on a cheering crowd in St. Peter’s Square, explaining that his waning years and energy made him better suited to the life of private prayer he soon will spend in a secluded monastery.
VATICAN CITY (AP) – The Vatican lashed out Saturday at the media for what it said has been a run of defamatory and false reports before the conclave to elect Pope Benedict XVI’s successor, saying they were an attempt to influence the election.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — For an institution devoted to eternal light, the Vatican has shown itself to be a master of smokescreens since Pope Benedict XVI’s shocking resignation announcement.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Starting his public farewell to his flock, a weary Pope Benedict XVI celebrated his final public Mass as pontiff, presiding over Ash Wednesday services.
(AP) – Pope Benedict says his age and poor health are forcing him to step down at the end of this month. The 85-year-old made the surprising announcement Monday during a meeting of Vatican cardinals. Read his announcement here.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Retired Cardinal Roger Mahony and other top officials maneuvered to shield molester priests, provide damage control for the church and keep parishioners in the dark, according to church personnel files.
LONDON (AP) – Pope Benedict XVI hit the 1 million Twitter follower mark on Wednesday as he sent his first tweet. Below is a glance at other members of the Twitterati.