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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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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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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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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.
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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 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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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.
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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.
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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."
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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.
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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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April 14, 2008 | Tracy Wilkinson and Rebecca Trounson, Times Staff Writers
In his first pilgrimage to the United States as pope, Benedict XVI will minister to a Roman Catholic Church that is both troubled and alive with faith. From the Vatican, the church in America is often seen as problematic, consumed by sex abuse scandals and populated by "cafeteria Catholics" who pick and choose the religious rules they want to follow, casually adjusting doctrine to meet the demands of their busy lives in an overly permissive society.
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April 9, 2008 | Tracy Wilkinson, Times Staff Writer
When Pope Benedict XVI visits the United States next week, he will find a nation consumed by a heated presidential election campaign. Will his presence have an influence? Although he will meet with President Bush at the White House during his East Coast swing, Benedict is not expected to overtly speak of the campaign or U.S. politics.
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January 16, 2008 | Tracy Wilkinson, Times Staff Writer
It's a big deal when the pope agrees to speak at an event that isn't church-related. It's an even bigger deal when public protest forces him to cancel. Veteran Vatican-watchers said they'd never seen anything quite like it. Pope Benedict XVI on Tuesday abruptly called off plans to speak at Rome's prestigious La Sapienza university, after students and professors rallied to proclaim him pontiff non grata.
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December 25, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Pope Benedict XVI urged the faithful to set aside time in their lives for God and the needy, as he ushered in Christmas early today by celebrating midnight Mass in St. Peter's Basilica. "Man is so preoccupied with himself, he has such urgent need of all the space and all the time for his own things, that nothing remains for others, for his neighbor, for the poor, for God," he said.
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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.
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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.
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November 7, 2007 | Maria De Cristofaro and Jeffrey Fleishman, Times Staff Writers
Pope Benedict XVI met with King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia on Tuesday at a time of strained relations between Islam and Christianity over global terrorism, the Iraq war and the lack of religious freedoms for nearly 1 million Roman Catholic migrant workers living in the Persian Gulf state. It was the first meeting between a Saudi monarch, who also oversees Islam's holiest shrine at Mecca, and the head of the Catholic Church.
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November 1, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah will meet Pope Benedict XVI on Tuesday in the first encounter between a pope and a Saudi monarch, the Vatican said. Abdullah is on a European tour, and Benedict has been attempting to increase dialogue between Roman Catholics and Muslims. The Vatican and Saudi Arabia do not have diplomatic relations, but the Holy See has ties with many other Islamic nations.
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