Laurent Monsengwo, DRC's combative cardinal

2018-01-11 17:31

A 78-year-old prelate is likely to play a key role this year in shaping the future of one of Africa's most important and volatile states.

Not only Vatican chimney smoking

2013-03-13 18:27

The cardinals locked inside the Sistine Chapel for deep meditation and reflection until they choose a new pope can break off for a smoke or enjoy a glass of wine.


New papal prospects

2013-03-01 10:59
New papal prospects

From the moment Benedict XVI announced his retirement, speculation started to swirl over who will replace him as Pope. Watch.

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Pope tries to calm Catholics' fear

2013-02-13 21:00

A visibly moved pope has tried to assure his worldwide flock over his stunning decision to resign, saying he was confident that it would not hurt the church.

Vatican defends ivory policy

2013-01-23 21:45

The Vatican has defended itself against accusations it encourages illegal ivory trafficking, telling elephant lovers it would do what it could to help combat "a serious and unjustifiable phenomenon".

Pope takes faith issues to Twitter

2012-12-28 13:05

Pope Benedict XVI has galvanised Catholics at the close of 2012 to go on the offensive over key faith issues, forging new alliances and fighting secularism in the West with a media campaign.

Pope has 370 000 Twitter followers

2012-12-04 22:21

Even though he hasn't sent a single tweet yet, Pope Benedict had some 370 000 followers on Twitter a mere 24 hours after the Vatican unveiled his handle: @pontifex.

Pope holds mass in voodoo heartland

2011-11-20 21:08

Pope Benedict XVI ended his second trip to Africa on Sunday with a mass for tens of thousands in the voodoo heartland of Benin and by issuing a grand vision for his Church's future on the continent.

Vatican denounces Benetton for kiss ad

2011-11-16 22:41

The Vatican has denounced Benetton for a shock ad featuring the pope and an Egyptian imam in a lip-locked embrace.


Benedict returns to Vatican City

2013-05-02 20:39

Pope emeritus Benedict XVI returned by helicopter to the Vatican on Thursday two months after his historic resignation to live in a former monastery, Italian media said.

Vatican pre-conclave talks begin

2013-03-04 09:00

Catholic cardinals have begun talks ahead of a conclave to elect the next pope, following Benedict XVI's historic resignation.

'Vatileaks' investigators to meet pope

2013-02-25 15:44

Investigators into the "Vatileaks" scandal are to meet with Pope Benedict XVI, two months after submitting their secret report into the leaks of papal documents to a journalist.

Africa's candidate for pope 'a peacemaker'

2013-02-13 07:45

Ghana's Peter Turkson, seen by some as Africa's top candidate to become the next pope, has served as a peacemaker and left what his supporters call a lasting impact on his nation's development.

Pope tweets - it's Latin to most

2013-01-20 17:34

Pope Benedict has tweeted in Latin for the first time taking his mission to revive the Catholic Church's official language to a very 21st-century medium.

Pope pardons butler, expels him

2012-12-22 14:56

Pope Benedict XVI has pardoned his former butler Paolo Gabriele, who was sentenced to 18 months in jail for leaking secret papal memos, but has banished him from the Vatican.

'Technology without God is dangerous'

2012-04-08 13:55

Pope Benedict, leading the world's Catholics into Easter, has said technological progress, in the absence of awareness of God and moral values, poses a threat to the world.

African Catholic Church tested by scandals

2011-11-17 12:51

Pope Benedict XVI is set to be welcomed by a fast-growing church in Africa, which is struggling with sex and corruption scandals.

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