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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.
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April 11, 2010 | By Victoria Kim and Mitchell Landsberg
The Vatican insisted Saturday that Pope Benedict XVI had done nothing wrong when, earlier in his career, he hesitated to defrock a California priest who had admitted to molesting two boys. A Vatican lawyer said that it was the local bishop, John Cummins of Oakland, who bore primary responsibility for protecting children from the abusive priest, Stephen Kiesle, and that the pope, then known as Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, had acted appropriately when he declined to take immediate action.
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May 11, 2009 | Duke Helfand
When Pope Benedict XVI arrives in Israel today for his first visit to the Holy Land, he will bear a message of religious cooperation aimed in part at strengthening often shaky Catholic-Jewish relations. Benedict's Middle East pilgrimage began in Jordan and will also take him to the West Bank, where he'll visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial and Jerusalem's Western Wall, Judaism's holiest site. He will meet with Israel's two chief rabbis, its president and prime minister.
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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."
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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.
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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.
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April 24, 2005 | Tracy Wilkinson, Times Staff Writer
Pope Benedict XVI told thousands of journalists Saturday that he intended to continue his predecessor's "fruitful dialogue" with the media and reminded them of their "ethical responsibility" to find the truth. The pope used four languages to thank journalists for transmitting to the world the "historically important" news and images of his election and the death and funeral of the man he succeeded, John Paul II.
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April 7, 2008 | Paloma Esquivel, Times Staff Writer
The Archdiocese of Los Angeles serves three counties with an estimated Roman Catholic population of 4.3 million. So it didn't take long to distribute the just over 100 tickets it was allotted for Masses to be said by Pope Benedict XVI when he visits the East Coast this month. Among those who clamored for tickets is Helen Milan, 51, who says she is trying to make up for more than two decades as a lapsed Catholic.
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September 10, 2006 | Tracy Wilkinson, Times Staff Writer
Pope Benedict XVI returned to his homeland Saturday in what he described as a joyous personal journey, but one that highlights the decline of traditional Roman Catholicism in the heart of Europe. This prosperous, conservative Bavarian region was a bastion of Catholicism when Joseph Ratzinger, now Benedict, was born and educated here and started his life as a priest during the middle of the last century.
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April 21, 2005 | From Reuters
An American who registered the Internet domain name BenedictXVI.com before the new pope was chosen said Wednesday that he had not decided what to do with it, but he ruled out pornography and doubted that he would accept an offer from a gambling site. Florida resident Rogers Cadenhead, who describes himself on his website as the author of several technology books, said on his site that he registered six domain names this month based on names he thought the new pope might pick.
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December 25, 2009 | By Tracy Wilkinson
Pope Benedict XVI tumbled to the marble floor of St. Peter's Basilica on Thursday night after a woman tackled him on his way to preside over Christmas Eve Mass. Benedict lost his gold-trimmed miter and staff when the woman grabbed the front of his robe and pulled him to the floor. He was not harmed, quickly recovered and was able to go ahead with the Mass. Spectators and the pope's security personnel, however, were startled, with gasps audible as black-suited guards shoved aside acolytes to reach the fallen pontiff.
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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.
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May 11, 2009 | Duke Helfand
When Pope Benedict XVI arrives in Israel today for his first visit to the Holy Land, he will bear a message of religious cooperation aimed in part at strengthening often shaky Catholic-Jewish relations. Benedict's Middle East pilgrimage began in Jordan and will also take him to the West Bank, where he'll visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial and Jerusalem's Western Wall, Judaism's holiest site. He will meet with Israel's two chief rabbis, its president and prime minister.
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April 12, 2009 | Associated Press
Pope Benedict XVI carried a tall candle symbolizing hope into a darkened St. Peter's Basilica packed with faithful Saturday night in the traditional start of the Vatican's vigil Mass on the eve of Easter. A chant of "Lumen Christi" -- Latin for "Light of Christ" -- echoed in the basilica.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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