Topics :: Pope Benedict XVI
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Catholics attending Sunday services around the globe said they were heartened by Pope Francis’ recent remarks that the church has become too focused on "small-minded rules" on hot-button issues like homosexuality, abortion and contraceptives.
Pope Francis lamented that a "gay lobby" was at work at the Vatican in private remarks to the leadership of a key Latin American church group - a stunning acknowledgment that may confirm earlier reports about corruption and dysfunction in the Holy See.
While Jorge Bergolio has some political baggage, including questions over his role during a military dictatorship in Argentina in the 1970s, the selection of the 76-year-old archbishop reflected a series of history-making decisions by fellow cardinals.
There is no front-runner or indication who will be the next pope as cardinals enter the Sistine Chapel on Tuesday to elect the next Holy Father.
Black smoke poured from the Sistine Chapel chimney on Tuesday, signaling that cardinals had failed on their first vote of the papal conclave to choose a new leader for the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics and their troubled church.
Cardinal Marc Ouellet once said that being pope "would be a nightmare" but his high-profile position as head of the Vatican’s office for bishops, his conservative leanings, his years in Latin America and his work in Rome make him a viable candidate.
Out Catholic blogger Andrew Sullivan speculates over Pope Benedict XVI’s bond with his longtime and sexy aide, when it was revealed that the two men would remain close after the papal resigns.
Benedict XVI greeted the faithful for the last time as pope on Thursday, telling tearful well-wishers that he is beginning the final stage of his life as "simply a pilgrim," hours before he becomes the first pontiff in 600 years to resign.
Cardinal Keith O’Brien, Britain’s highest-ranking Catholic leader, said he wouldn’t take part in the conclave to elect the next pope after being accused of improper conduct with priests.
An Italian newspaper is alleging that Pope Benedict XVI resigned because of a gay lobbying group inside the Vatican.
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