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February 28, 2013 | By Henry Chu
VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI has left the building. Shortly after 5 p.m. in Rome, the outgoing pontiff boarded a helicopter at the Vatican and flew to a summer retreat south of the city to spend the final hours of his papacy and the first few weeks of his retirement. The courtyard at the Vatican was lined with clapping well-wishers, church officials and the plume-hatted Swiss Guards, the pope's protectors, as Benedict left the papal apartment for the last time. On the Vatican's helipad, he raised his arms in farewell, still wearing his white papal vestments, and the chopper lifted off into blue skies.
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WORLD
April 27, 2014 | By Tom Kington
Everything about Pope John Paul II was larger than life: his constant globetrotting, his naming of 483 saints -- more than all his predecessors combined -- and his 27 years in office, making him one of the longest serving pontiffs. The Polish pope even set records at his funeral in 2005, which was estimated to be the largest gathering of heads of state and government in history. But Karol Wojtyla also won over Catholics with a distinctly self-effacing charm, famously asking the crowd on the night of his election in 1978 to correct him if he stumbled in his Italian.
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ENTERTAINMENT
June 1, 2012 | By Jamie Wetherbe
Pope Benedict XVI joined a standing ovation Friday during a performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony at Milan's La Scala theater. Following a fiery performance of "Ode to Joy," the 85-year-old pontiff made his way to the stage to address the crowd, according to the Associated Press. "It is not a distinctly Christian joy of which Beethoven sings, rather of the joy of coexistence of the people, victory over egoism," the pope said. He then thanked conductor Daniel Barenboim for his musical selection, saying, "It permits us to launch a message with the music that affirms the fundamental value of solidarity, of fraternity and of peace.
WORLD
April 26, 2014 | By Patrick J. McDonnell and Tom Kington
Tens of thousands of pilgrims were gathering here Saturday in heady anticipation of Sunday's dual canonization of two of the most influential popes of recent times, John Paul II and John XXIII. It will mark the first time in the long history of the Roman Catholic Church that two ex-popes are made saints on the same day. On Saturday, the Vatican confirmed another first - retired Pope Benedict XVI will assist Pope Francis during the sainthood ceremony. That means two living popes will help canonize a pair of their predecessors in a singular celebration of four pontiffs, alive and dead.
AUTOS
December 12, 2012 | By David Undercoffler
What do you get for the holy man who has everything? If he's Pope Benedict XVI, you get him a new Mercedes-Benz Popemobile. Based on the company's midsize M-Class SUV, the new diamond-white Popemobile replaces an older Mercedes model that had served his holiness since 2002. The automaker has been providing popes their eponymous vehicles since 1930. Photos: All-new Mercedes-Benz Popemobile Mercedes says the new model has an upgraded dome for the Pope to ride in. It features easier access for the 85-year-old pontiff, larger bulletproof glass panels for better visibility and lights in the roof to illuminate the subject below.
WORLD
February 28, 2013 | By Henry Chu
VATICAN CITY - On his last morning in office Thursday, Pope Benedict XVI pledged to respect and obey his successor and told the church's cardinals that he would pray for them to be guided by the Holy Spirit in their selection of a new pontiff. “Among you is…the future pope, to whom I promise my unconditional reverence and obedience,” the pontiff said, apparently trying to allay fears that having both a reigning and retired pope living inside the Vatican might spark confusion or division within the church.
WORLD
February 12, 2013 | By Tom Kington
VATICAN CITY -- The Vatican said Tuesday that Pope Benedict XVI will stick to his busy schedule of public appearances until he steps down on Feb. 28, even as it revealed that Benedict had been fitted with a pacemaker. Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said the pope had been fitted with the pacemaker to regulate his heartbeat before he was elected pope in 2005 but that it had not played a role in his decision to resign. "It had no influence on the decision. The reasons were in his perception that his strength had diminished with advancing age," Lombardi said.
WORLD
February 11, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
The Roman Catholic Church will choose a new pope after Pope Benedict XVI announced his plans to resign Monday in a ritualized system of balloting with a long history. The pope is chosen through a closed, elaborately regulated gathering called a conclave, which brings together cardinals at the Sistine Chapel. The new pope will be chosen in unusual circumstances, since it has been centuries since a pope has stepped aside.   The conclave normally begins 15 days after the death of the pope, and can be held no longer than 20 days after his passing; a Vatican spokesman said Monday.
WORLD
April 20, 2005
`Dear brothers and sisters, after the great Pope John Paul II, the cardinals have elected me -- a simple, humble worker in the vineyard of the Lord. The fact that the Lord can work and act even with insufficient means consoles me, and above all I entrust myself to your prayers. In the joy of the risen Lord, trusting in his permanent help, we go forward. The Lord will help us, and Mary his very holy mother stands by us.' Pope Benedict XVI, addressing the crowd in St. Peter's Square
BUSINESS
November 8, 2012 | By Jessica Guynn
Digital white smoke signals may soon be rising on Twitter. The Vatican says Pope Benedict XVI will begin tweeting from a personal Twitter account, possibly before year's end. This clearly won't rival Pope Benedict XVI's first appearance on the St. Peter's balcony - - or even his first appearance on Twitter. But it should give him a far more apostolic follower count than his Vatican account (some 28,000 faithful). The 85-year-old Benedict first tweeted from that Vatican account last year.
WORLD
March 27, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey
VATICAN CITY -- Greeting a man he has called an “inspiration,” President Obama paid his first visit to Pope Francis on Thursday, opening a meeting the White House hopes will highlight the leaders' shared views on economic inequality and poverty and perhaps drown out the president's conflicts with the Catholic Church hierarchy at home. A cordon of members of the Swiss Guard greeted the president in a modest Vatican courtyard behind St. Peter's Basilica as he arrived for his first encounter with a man whose popularity and international fame match few figures, one of those, perhaps, being Obama himself -- five years ago. "It is a great honor.
OPINION
September 29, 2013 | By Charlotte Allen
Pope Francis' highly publicized recent interview with an Italian Jesuit magazine has ushered in a new era for the Roman Catholic Church - an era of record levels of misinterpretation of the pontiff's words, both by the liberal media and by conservative Catholics who have been grousing about Francis ever since he washed the feet of a Muslim girl during Holy Week. The remark most focused on was this: "We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods....
WORLD
September 19, 2013 | By Henry Chu
LONDON -- Pope Francis gave no indication in a lengthy interview published Thursday of a change in doctrine on hot-button issues such as same-sex marriage and abortion, observers said. But he made clear his intent to steer the Roman Catholic Church away from its recent "culture wars. " “He said the same things that the church has always said. But he put his accent on mercy,” said Marco Tosatti, a veteran Vatican watcher with Italy's La Stampa newspaper. “It's certainly different from Benedict and John Paul II....
WORLD
August 31, 2013 | By Tom Kington
ROME - Pope Francis has taken a key step in reshuffling the Vatican's bureaucracy by replacing his much-criticized top aide with a career Vatican diplomat who has seen service on three continents. The Vatican said Saturday that Archbishop Pietro Parolin, 58, currently nuncio in Venezuela, will take office as Vatican secretary of state, the pope's prime minister, on Oct. 15, replacing Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, 78. Bertone, appointed in 2006 by Pope Benedict XVI, had been due to step down, and the pope, by choosing Parolin as his replacement, will please Vatican diplomats who had complained that Bertone blocked their access and concentrated power in Rome in the hands of a group of handpicked prelates from his native Liguria.
OPINION
August 4, 2013 | By Diane Winston
Last week, Pope Francis loosed a media tsunami by dropping a pebble of sanity into an ocean of religious angst. "If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has goodwill, who am I to judge?" he told reporters on the flight back to Rome after his trip to Brazil. What did it mean? Was he changing church teaching? And how might it affect 1.2 billion Roman Catholics worldwide? Hundreds of news stories and thousands of blogs, tweets and commentaries later, most observers heard in Francis' statement a proposal to end to his predecessor's hard line on homosexuality.
NEWS
July 29, 2013 | By Michael McGough
In an interview with journalists on his flight back to Rome, Pope Francis said: “When I meet a gay person, I have to distinguish between their being gay and being part of a lobby. If they accept the Lord and have goodwill, who am I to judge them? They shouldn't be marginalized. The tendency [to homosexuality] is not the problem.... They're our brothers.” Journalists and commentators -- Roman Catholic and non-Catholic, conservative Catholic and liberal Catholic -- quickly chimed in. My colleague Tracy Wilkinson wrote: “The church has traditionally labeled homosexuality a 'disorder' and under Pope Benedict XVI , who resigned in February, men with 'deep-seated tendencies' toward homosexuality were to be barred from the priesthood.
WORLD
July 29, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson
RIO DE JANEIRO - First, the pope used the word "gay. " Then he used a phrase possibly never heard from a pope: "Who am I to judge?" His first overseas trip behind him, Pope Francis made surprisingly conciliatory remarks about the role of gay people in the Roman Catholic Church and his willingness to accept them uncritically, touching off a worldwide debate over how big a shift the new pontiff was endorsing. He also spoke of finding more roles for women in the church - though not priesthood - and of showing mercy to divorced Catholics.
NEWS
July 1, 2013 | By Michael McGough
The awkwardness of having two popes -- one active, one emeritus -- is dramatized by a controversy over the rumored appointment of a new head of the Congregation of Divine Worship and the Sacraments, the Vatican office that oversees Catholic liturgy. The Catholic News Agency reports that Pope Francis is considering entrusting that post to Archbishop Piero Marini, who served as “master of ceremonies” for Pope John Paul II. As I discussed in an Op-Ed article for The Times several years ago, Piero Marini is the “bad Marini” in the eys of Catholic traditionalists, who prefer the "good" Guido Marini, the master of ceremonies for Pope Benedict XVI who was inherited by Pope Francis.
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