Pope Benedict XVI

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Top contenders to be the next pope

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:

03/10/2013

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Vatican still waiting for 5 cardinals for conclave

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.

03/05/2013

Pope Benedict XVI greets crowd from window at Castel Gandolfo after leaving the Vatican, Castelgandolfo, Italy. (AP Photo)

Benedict becomes 1st pope in 600 years to resign

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.

02/28/2013

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Survey of American Catholics shows division

(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.

02/28/2013

Penny and Phil Sound Bite

AP’s Nicole Winfield reports from Vatican City on Pope’s resignation

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.

02/27/2013

Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican.

Pope gives final Sunday blessing before resigning

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.

02/24/2013

Pope Benedict XVI holds the ostensory, New Year's Eve service, Vatican (AP Photo)

Vatican blasts ‘false’ pre-conclave reporting

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.

02/23/2013

Pope Benedict XVI (AP Photo)

Litany of secrets after papal retirement bombshell

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.

02/14/2013

Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican.

Pope celebrates last public Mass as pontiff

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.

02/13/2013

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Pope: Will resign Feb. 28

(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.

02/11/2013

Cardinal Roger Mahony in a 2006 photograph.

Files show how LA church leaders controlled damage

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.

01/21/2013

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A look at prolific Twitter accounts

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.

12/12/2012

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