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December 1, 2006 | Tracy Wilkinson, Times Staff Writer
Shoeless and dressed simply in white, Benedict XVI became only the second pope in modern history to enter a mosque when he prayed Thursday alongside a senior cleric in Istanbul's most majestic house of Islamic worship. The pope toured the cavernous 17th century Blue Mosque with the grand mufti of Istanbul, gazing overhead at its intricate tile work, in his most deliberate and concrete gesture yet of conciliation toward Muslims infuriated by his comments.
March 21, 2010 | By Maria De Cristofaro and Henry Chu
Pope Benedict XVI apologized Saturday to victims of priestly abuse in Ireland, acknowledging that the scandal had brought the church into disrepute but offering no specific action to punish clergy accused of involvement even as the crisis spread across Europe. "You have suffered grievously and I am truly sorry. I know that nothing can undo the wrong you have endured," the pope wrote to Irish victims and their families. "I openly express the shame and remorse that we all feel." Amid charges of coverups, he acknowledged that church leaders had made "grave errors of judgment" in how they dealt with the problem of sexual abuse, and he called on offending priests and religious workers to submit "to the demands of justice."
May 13, 2007 | Tracy Wilkinson, Times Staff Writer
Recovering drug addicts, guitar-strumming youths and cloistered nuns on Saturday welcomed Pope Benedict XVI into rural Brazil, where he warned narcotics traffickers that they face the wrath of God for unleashing a deadly scourge across Latin America. Pressing a crusade that has attacked extramarital sex, abortion and hedonism, Benedict congratulated the addicts for kicking their habits but said that for full recovery they must also heal their souls.
July 18, 2009 | Associated Press
Pope Benedict XVI waved reassuringly to well-wishers outside a hospital Friday where he underwent surgery to set his right wrist, fractured in a fall at his Alpine vacation chalet. The 82-year-old pope's accident was the first significant medical issue of his 4-year-old papacy, but doctors said he would suffer no long-term effects and would be able to return to playing piano and writing once the wrist heals. His cast will be removed in a month.
October 16, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Pope Benedict XVI hosted his first youth festival in St. Peter's Square, drawing about 100,000 children and their parents to an afternoon of singing and break-dancing reminiscent of the gatherings inspired by the late Pope John Paul II. Children in yellow and red T-shirts leapfrogged over one another on the steps of St. Peter's as the late-afternoon ceremony got underway.
April 18, 2008 | Tracy Wilkinson and Rebecca Trounson, Times Staff Writers
In an unprecedented gesture, Pope Benedict XVI met privately Thursday with a small group of men and women who were sexually abused as youths by their clergy, an emotional encounter of prayer and tears. Participants said later that they had experienced a long-overdue sense of "fulfillment." Inside the chapel of the Apostolic Nunciature, the pope spoke to the victims individually and as a group, and they prayed together, said Father Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman.
August 20, 2005 | Tracy Wilkinson, Times Staff Writer
As Hebrew prayers for the dead filled the air, German-born Pope Benedict XVI made a historic visit Friday to a synagogue once destroyed by Nazis, decried rising anti-Semitism and vowed to ease tensions between Jews and Christians. The sight of a German pope standing before Germany's oldest Jewish community -- some of them Holocaust survivors -- was a moment of breathtaking symbolism. It was only the second known time that a Roman Catholic pontiff entered a Jewish house of worship.
April 21, 2005 | From Associated Press
As demand has surged for books by the former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, books about him in his new role as Pope Benedict XVI are quickly being readied for publication. Doubleday has scheduled a pair of them for May: a collection of the new pope's writings, and a biography by John Allen Jr., whose previous book on Ratzinger was released in 2000. Barnes & Noble Inc. is publishing its own book, by scholar Greg Tobin.
April 21, 2005 | Tracy Wilkinson and Larry B. Stammer, Times Staff Writers
In his first extensive remarks as pope, Benedict XVI sought to calm fears Wednesday that his papacy would further divide the Roman Catholic Church and instead promised "open and sincere" dialogue. Benedict, who as Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger asserted the primacy of Catholicism and branded other religions "deficient," said he hoped to promote the cause of ecumenism and reach out to other faiths.
April 23, 2005 | Tracy Wilkinson, Times Staff Writer
Sitting in the marbled hall where Pope John Paul II lay in state two weeks ago, Benedict XVI on Friday greeted Roman Catholic cardinals who knelt before him one by one after pledging their support. The new pontiff, wearing the long white robes of his position, thanked the cardinals for electing him and told them he would need their help to serve as "pastor of the universal church."
March 18, 2009 | Associated Press
Condoms are not the answer to Africa's fight against HIV, Pope Benedict XVI said Tuesday as he began a weeklong trip to the continent. It was the pope's first explicit statement on an issue that has divided even clergy working with AIDS patients. Benedict arrived in Yaounde, Cameroon's capital, and was greeted by a crowd of flag-waving faithful and snapping cameras. The visit is his first pilgrimage as pontiff to Africa.
March 13, 2009 | Associated Press
Pope Benedict XVI has made an unusual public acknowledgment of Vatican mistakes and turmoil in his church over an outreach to ultraconservatives that led to his lifting the excommunication of a Holocaust-denying bishop. In an attempt to end one of the most serious crises of his papacy, he said in a letter that the Vatican must make greater use of the Internet to prevent other controversies.
October 6, 2008 | Maria de Cristofaro and Sebastian Rotella, Times Staff Writers
In the beginning Pope Benedict XVI read these words: "In the beginning God created the heavens and the Earth." And the pope and millions of viewers watching him on Italian television Sunday night saw that it was good. The pontiff launched a marathon reading of the Bible, from Genesis to Apocalypse, broadcast live on state television. It will last seven days and six nights.
August 9, 2008 | Steve Padilla, Times Staff Writer
Many questions arise when people hear that Armando Cervantes recently had lunch with Pope Benedict XVI. The answer to the most obvious question -- Did this really happen? -- is yes. Cervantes and 11 other young adults from across the globe met with the pontiff and Cardinal George Pell of Sydney during Benedict's visit last month to Australia. This wasn't a quick photo opportunity. They had a leisurely lunch and discussed their lives and their faith.
July 21, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Pope Benedict XVI ended his pilgrimage here today after meeting with two men and two women who were sexually abused as children by priests. The pontiff prayed and spoke with the four in the last hours of his nine-day visit to Australia for the Roman Catholic Church's global youth festival. The abuse scandal was a sour undertone to the trip for World Youth Day, which is supposed to be a celebration of faith that inspires a new generation.
July 20, 2008 | Jennifer Bennett and Tracy Wilkinson, Special to The Times
Pope Benedict XVI chose this land of majestic natural beauty to condemn the squandering of the planet's resources. He used a gathering of tens of thousands of Catholic youths to warn against sterile materialism and the exploitative manipulation of mass media and the Internet. But, as in his spring visit to the United States, one theme loomed over Benedict's weeklong pilgrimage to Australia: the sexual abuse of minors by clergy.
December 26, 2005 | Tracy Wilkinson, Times Staff Writer
In his first Christmas message as pope, Benedict XVI called on people across the globe Sunday to open their hearts to Christ as a way to combat poverty, war and the sterility of a world obsessed with technological advance. Clad in glowing, golden vestments and a pointed, gold miter, Benedict stood on the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica to offer a blessing to tens of thousands of rain-soaked pilgrims and tourists.
July 26, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Israel's Foreign Ministry expressed outrage over Pope Benedict XVI's recent remarks on terrorism, saying he "deliberately failed" to condemn attacks on Israelis. Benedict said Sunday that he prayed for God to stop the "murderous hand" of terrorists and referred to the recent "abhorrent terrorist attacks" in Egypt, Britain, Turkey and Iraq. He did not mention a July 12 bombing in Netanya, Israel, that killed five.
July 19, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Pope Benedict XVI said at a Mass today that he was "deeply sorry" for the sexual abuse of children by Roman Catholic clergy in Australia, describing the offenses as evil and a grave betrayal of trust. "I would like to pause to acknowledge the shame which we have all felt as a result of the sexual abuse of minors by some clergy and religious in this country," Benedict said. "I am deeply sorry for the pain and suffering the victims have endured.
April 19, 2008 | Maggie Farley, Times Staff Writer
The pope may be viewed by his church as infallible, but for his U.N. visit, it was Alice Hecht's job to make sure everyone else would be as close to perfect as possible. Hecht, United Nations chief of protocol, said that prepping for Friday's visit by Pope Benedict XVI was much more difficult than getting ready for a state visit by President Bush, who didn't move around the building as much or require the same kind of security. Hecht, a U.N.
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