Pope Benedict XVI begins a Latin American tour in historical Guanajuato, Mexico. CNN's Rafael Romo reports.
Thirteen Cubans who occupied a church in Havana in the hopes of meeting with the pope instead were escorted from the building late Thursday by police, the Havana Archdiocese said.
Pope Benedict appointed 22 new cardinals at the Vatican on Saturday, with his choices for the lofty role likely to influence who will be appointed as the next pontiff.
A top Roman Catholic official opened a conference on protecting children from sexual abuse Monday by defending Pope Benedict XVI, arguing that he deserved thanks for his efforts.
Pope Benedict XVI is planning potential trips to Mexico and Cuba in 2012, the Vatican said.
Pope Benedict XVI meets members of the Muslim community in Germany. CNN's Fred Pleitgen reports.
On his first state visit to his homeland, Pope Benedict XVI met Thursday with Germany's prime minister and president and spoke to legislators, but insisted that his purpose was not economic or political, but spiritual.
In March 2010, Cardinal Sean Brady read a letter from Pope Benedict XVI on sexual abuse by Catholic priests in Ireland.
Pope Benedict XVI presides over the annual New Year's Day Mass in St Peter's Basilica.
Pope Benedict XVI said that the use of condoms may be acceptable in some cases to prevent the transmission of AIDS.
If you were to ask a group of Quakers or Mennonites whether it's OK for police or soldiers to use rubber bullets against rock-throwing children, you wouldn't be surprised if they said, "Absolutely not!" They are well-known for their commitment to pacifism.
CNN's Phil Black reports from Scotland, where Pope Benedict XVI began a four-day visit to the United Kingdom.
As a democrat, I defend the right of Pope Benedict XVI to visit Britain and to express his opinions. But people who disagree with him also have a right to protest against his often harsh, intolerant views.
If you invited a friend to dinner would you escort them to the door at the end of the evening and present them with a bill for steak, cake and a bottle of Chateauneuf du Pape?
Controversial comments criticizing the state of modern Britain have provoked a backlash as Pope Benedict XVI arrived in the country for its first ever papal state visit.
Posters calling for the ordination of female priests will be plastered on London buses next month during the pope's visit to Britain, a campaign group said Friday.
Pope Benedict XVI asks victims for forgiveness in the church abuse scandal. CNN's Paula Newton reports.
The Vatican said a lawsuit accusing it and Pope Benedict XVI of covering up sexual abuse by a priest at a Catholic school in the United States has no merit.
An Illinois man is suing the Vatican and Pope Benedict XVI for allegedly covering up sexual abuse by a priest at a Catholic school in Wisconsin.
Most Americans -- and most American Catholics -- think Pope Benedict XVI has done a bad job of dealing with the problem of sexual abuse by Catholics priests, according to a new national poll.
CNN's Diana Magnay reports on the Vatican's process to defrock a California priest who molested children.
The Vatican is overhauling its rules on how it handles accusations of sexual abuse by priests, it said Monday, without giving any details.
The pope held Easter services amid growing controversy over sexual abuse within the church. CNN's Diana Magnay reports.
In a rare move, a senior cardinal spoke before the pope's Easter Mass address at the Vatican on Sunday, saying the pontiff maintains the support of Catholics around the world "who do not let themselves be influenced by the gossip."
Top Catholic clerics from France and Britain expressed shame, anger and regret Friday over a widening abuse scandal in the church that has reached Pope Benedict XVI's doorstep.
From a distance, it may be difficult to understand why Pope Benedict XVI finds himself at the center of a media storm this week since it pivots on a single case of an abuser priest in Germany almost 30 years ago.
Pope Benedict XVI championed the environment in the Vatican's annual World Day of Peace message.
Pope Benedict XVI ended 2009 much as he began it -- with a major gaffe that angered Jews.
It was a Vatican announcement guaranteed to spark controversy.
Shortly before he died from brain cancer, Sen. Ted Kennedy wrote a letter to Pope Benedict XVI. President Obama delivered the letter to the pontiff during his visit to the Vatican in July.
Pope Benedict XVI, on the eve of a global economic summit, lashed out at modern capitalism for being shortsighted and short on ethics.
The Middle East may be the most hyper-sensitive piece of real estate on earth, where no more than a stray word or gesture can trigger an explosion.
Pope Benedict XVI was supposed to visit an Aida refugee camp in Bethlehem but Israel objected. Ben Wedeman reports.
For more than 20 years, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, then the Vatican's top doctrinal czar, was the intellectual architect of the papacy of John Paul II.
On the second day of his visit to the Middle East, Pope Benedict XVI stressed the need for harmony and unity between Christians and Muslims.
Pope Benedict XVI arrived Friday in Amman, Jordan, for a weeklong visit to the Middle East that he hopes will help "foster good relations between Christians and Muslims."
Pope Benedict XVI will leave for a weeklong tour of the Middle East Friday morning, the first papal visit to some of Christianity's most holy places since Pope John Paul II made the pilgrimage in 2000.
Critics took to the social networking site Facebook to voice their fury over Pope Benedict's remark that condoms do not prevent HIV.
Pope Benedict XVI arrived in Angola on Friday as part of his week-long visit to Africa.
Pope Benedict XVI refused Wednesday to soften the Vatican's ban on condom use as he arrived in Africa for his first visit to the continent as pope.
The African-American religious community deserves considerable praise for taking leadership of the civil rights movement during the first half of the 20th century.
Pope Benedict XVI will not visit Israel's Holocaust museum when he makes his first trip to the region as pope in May, though he will visit a memorial that is part of the site, his ambassador to Israel said Tuesday.
As the Catholic Church marks a key anniversary of a traditionalist ascendancy, its leader is still keen to grapple with doubters
Hear the words of Pope Benedict XVI amid his followers and well-wishers during a look back at his visit to the U.S.
Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday recalled growing up during the Nazi era in his native Germany and stressed the "fundamental importance of freedom" as he addressed a rally of young people in New York.
Viewpoint: No, we are not the Da Vinci Code heretics the Vatican might suspect. We look instead to the Boccaccio Code
Pope Benedict expresses his 'respect for the Jewish community' during a speech at a New York synagogue.
Three victims of the sexual abuse scandal that rocked the Roman Catholic Church described an emotional, frank and ultimately hope-filled meeting with Pope Benedict XVI on Thursday.
CNN's Rosemary Church speaks with Vatican analyst John Allen about the first papal visit to the U.S. for Benedict XVI.
Here is the itinerary of Pope Benedict XVI while in the United States this week. All times are Eastern Daylight Time. Sources: CNN, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
Pope Benedict XVI may not have the charisma of John Paul II but don't discount his staff -- especially Fr. Georg GÃ¤nswein, the gatekeeper-in-chief
Fifteen hundred years after the Roman Catholic Church introduced the original list of seven deadly sins, a Vatican official last week suggested an updated roster for a new age.
The new U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See is an old Vatican hand. Now she gets to usher the Pope into his first official visit to the U.S.
Pope Benedict XVI has canceled a planned visit to a prestigious Italian university after a protest by academics and students attacked his views on Galileo, the Vatican confirmed Tuesday.
Football should be used to teach young people moral lessons, Pope Benedict XVI said during an audience with representatives from the Italian football league and lower division clubs.
All the incense and intrigue of another papal conclave is upon us again. Well, sort of
As a showdown with the US looms, Tehran is looking to the Pontiff to intervene -- and is finding a lot of sympathy
Calling himself a "pilgrim among pilgrims" Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday visited the Marian sanctuary of Mariazell southwest of Vienna, fulfilling a promise he made in 2004 -- while still a cardinal -- to return to the shrine on its 850th birthday.
If the Pope exerts such authority, why is the Holy See impervious to predatory priest lawsuits?
Non-Catholics who are up in arms of the proclamation by Pope Benedict XVI that the only true church in the world is that of Catholicism shouldn't even bother getting upset. Just chalk it up to an old man trying to get a little attention.
A demonstration by about 50 people protesting Pope Benedict XVI's approaching visit to Turkey was broken up by police in Istanbul on Wednesday, CNN Turk reported.
Pope Benedict XVI is expected to cast aside centuries of Catholic belief this week by abolishing formally the concept of limbo. Today The Briefing Room takes a look at a move that theologians suggest could save the souls of millions.
Pope Benedict XVI has invited ambassadors from Muslim nations to meet him on Monday in a bid to calm anger over his use of a medieval text saying their religion was spread by violence.
Pope Benedict XVI said Saturday he regretted that his speech on Islam offended Muslims and expressed his respect for their faith. Here is the Vatican's statement, according to a translation posted on its Web site:
Outrage is mounting around the world over Pope Benedict's comments on Islam and jihad despite assurances from the Vatican that he only intended to point out the incompatibility between faith and war.
A 15th body was found early Thursday in the rubble of a skating rink in southern Germany whose roof collapsed under the weight of snow.
Before an enthusiastic crowd numbering in the hundreds of thousands, Pope Benedict XVI has celebrated an open-air mass to end World Youth Day.
A liberal Catholic friend of mine tried humor to mask his disappointment at the choice of Pope Benedict XVI, the rigid Bavarian-born Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, to succeed the late John Paul II: "We were looking for a 'good shepherd,' and instead we got a German shepherd."
Pope Benedict XVI was formally installed at a Mass Sunday outside St. Peter's Basilica in front of an audience of hundreds of thousands and millions of others watching on television.
Pope Benedict XVI, formerly Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, will officially take the helm of the Roman Catholic Church on Sunday before a crowd filled with dignitaries, members of his flock and a worldwide television audience of millions.
As Pope Benedict XVI starts his papacy, details and analyses are emerging about how the actions of his predecessor and the new pontiff helped position him as the next leader of the Roman Catholic Church.
As he prepares for his inauguration Mass on Sunday, Pope Benedict XVI has expressed his gratitude to his "venerated cardinal brothers" for electing him to head the Roman Catholic Church and asked for their support during his reign.
There is one Roman Catholic Church, headquartered in the Vatican. Then there are thousands of churches -- located in rural and metropolitan, traditional and progressive, affluent and impoverished communities worldwide.
Is nothing sacred?
A lapsed American Catholic who registered the Web domain BenedictXVI.com before the new pope was named says he has no idea what to do with the site but believes it would be wrong to sell it to a pornography or gambling site.
CNN.com asked users to share their thoughts about the issues the next pope will face. Many also offered their thoughts on the selection of Pope Benedict XVI. Here is a sampling from thousands of responses, some of which have been edited.
When he was a cardinal in 1991, Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, suffered a brain hemorrhage "which laid him down for a while, but he recovered from it," said CNN Vatican analyst John Allen on Wednesday.
Newspapers around Europe have hailed the swift election of Joseph Ratzinger as pope -- a step they said dismayed Roman Catholic progressives, but pleased defenders of church orthodoxy.
Nearly three-quarters of American Catholics say they are more likely to follow their own conscience on "difficult moral questions," rather than the teachings of Pope Benedict XVI, according to a new CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll.
Pope Benedict XVI outlined goals for his papacy Wednesday, including the unification of all Christians, continuing the reforms of the Second Vatican Council and reaching out to people of other faiths.
Reaction to Tuesday's election of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger to pope ranged from joy to disappointment. But a German cardinal who has worked with -- and disagreed with -- the new Pope Benedict XVI urges patience.
Pope Benedict XVI prepared to celebrate his first Mass as pontiff Wednesday at the Vatican, while world leaders welcomed his selection.
Before Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger assumed the title of Pope Benedict XVI, he earned the nickname "Cardinal No" for policing the boundaries of Roman Catholic teachings.
Tuesday's announcement of a new pope could usher in a new era in the Roman Catholic Church -- and a business opportunity for online vendors already racing to sell fridge magnets, prayer cards and clocks bearing the likeness of Pope Benedict XVI.
World leaders lauded conservative German Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger's election Tuesday as head of the Roman Catholic Church. Many of them referred to the 78-year-old pontiff by his chosen papal name Pope Benedict XVI.
Roman Catholics reacted quickly to Tuesday's announcement that conservative Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany had been chosen the 265th pontiff of the church -- Benedict XVI.
The newly elected Pope Benedict XVI, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany, was one of the most powerful men in the Vatican under Pope John Paul II, a strict enforcer of church doctrine who earned the nickname "Cardinal No."
Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany was selected Tuesday as the new pope.
Wearing traditional papal robes and a large smile, Joseph Ratzinger of Germany appeared Tuesday on a Vatican balcony as the 265th pontiff, Benedict XVI, as tens of thousands gathered in St. Peter's Square to cheer him.
Following is the text of Pope John Paul II's address to U.S. President George W. Bush at the Vatican Friday, courtesy of the Vatican's Web site:
FOR CENTURIES the Vatican has projected an aura of immense, even ostentatious, wealth befitting one of the great global institutions. From the echoing vastness of St. Peter's Basilica to art treasu...
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