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Top U.S. archbishop linked to abusive priest payout planupdated: Thu May 31 2012 13:48:00

One of the most powerful Catholic Church leaders in America approved payments of $20,000 to get abusive priests to leave the church, abuse victims and the archdiocese in question said Thursday.

Vatican: Pope not resigning over alleged papers leakupdated: Thu May 31 2012 11:22:00

Pope Benedict XVI's spokesman has denied the pontiff will resign over the arrest of his butler on suspicion of leaking confidential documents, the Vatican press office said Thursday.

Vatican butler's arrestupdated: Thu May 31 2012 11:22:00

An investigation into the Pope's butler continues in a document leaking scandal. CNN's Brooke Baldwin reports.

No cardinal suspected of pope papers leak, Vatican insistsupdated: Mon May 28 2012 21:08:00

Pope Benedict XVI's spokesman denied Monday that a cardinal or a woman were being investigated alongside the pope's butler on suspicion of leaking confidential documents.

Crisis at the Vatican?updated: Mon May 28 2012 21:08:00

Some Vatican watchers are seeing a crisis of government at The Vatican. CNN's Matthew Chance reports.

Pope's butler arrested over Vatican documents leakupdated: Sat May 26 2012 09:56:00

Pope Benedict's butler has been arrested on suspicion of leaking confidential documents to an Italian journalist, the Vatican said Saturday.

Church lawyer: 'Somebody lied to me' about list of priests suspected of abuseupdated: Mon May 14 2012 20:54:00

A lawyer for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia testified Monday that church officials lied to him about the whereabouts of a hidden list of 35 priests suspected of sexually abusing children.

Calls for Irish Catholic chief to resignupdated: Fri May 04 2012 11:09:00

The head of the Catholic Church in Ireland faces calls to resign. Peter Taggart explains why.

The pope, political prisoners and Cubaupdated: Mon Apr 02 2012 22:34:00

Pope Benedict XVI visits Cuba following the Vatican-brokered release of political prisoners. Patrick Oppmann reports.

Cuba sets Good Friday as holiday after pope's requestupdated: Sat Mar 31 2012 22:11:00

Cuban President Raul Castro has granted Pope Benedict XVI's request to make Good Friday a holiday -- at least this year -- Cuban state media reported Saturday.

Pope Benedict XVI's Mass in Havanaupdated: Sat Mar 31 2012 22:11:00

CNN's Patrick Oppmann reports on Pope Benedict's Havana Mass and his meetings with the Castro brothers.

Pope calls for greater freedoms in Cuba as he ends two-country tourupdated: Thu Mar 29 2012 05:57:00

Greeted by throngs of Catholic worshipers from across the region, Pope Benedict XVI ended his two-country tour in Havana's Revolution Plaza with a reference to what he described as a need for "authentic freedom."

Pope calls for worshipers to remember 'essence' of Christmasupdated: Thu Mar 29 2012 05:55:00

Pope Benedict XVI presided over Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve, delivering a homily that focused on the "essence" of the holiday rather than the "commercial celebration" it has become.

Pope celebrates Christmas Eve Massupdated: Thu Mar 29 2012 05:55:00

Pope Benedict XVI speaks about the need for peace in his Christmas Eve Mass.

Pope's Havana visit raises questions of whom he'll meetupdated: Tue Mar 27 2012 23:57:00

Pope Benedict XVI arrived in Havana on Tuesday amid speculation over whether he will meet with the island's former president, Fidel Castro, and how far he'll press the country for greater political and religious freedoms.

Catholics greet pope in Mexicoupdated: Tue Mar 27 2012 05:47:00

Thousands of Catholics greet Pope Benedict XVI in an open air Mass in central Mexico.

Cubans return home ahead of pope's visitupdated: Mon Mar 26 2012 20:40:00

Cubans return home to emotional homecomings ahead of Pope Benedict XVI's visit to Cuba. CNN's Patrick Oppmann reports.

Pope dons Mexican sombreroupdated: Mon Mar 26 2012 06:59:00

CNN's Rafael Romo says Pope Benedict XVI wearing a sombrero holds significant symbolism for the Mexican people.

Philadelphia priest trial refocuses abuse scandalupdated: Mon Mar 26 2012 01:44:00

Opening statements are scheduled for Monday in Philadelphia in the first case in which an official of a Roman Catholic archdiocese has been accused of protecting abusive priests by moving them from parish to parish.

Philadelphia priest abuse trial to draw plenty of attentionupdated: Sun Mar 25 2012 18:40:00

Opening arguments are scheduled for Monday in Philadelphia in the first case in which an official of a Roman Catholic archdiocese has been accused of protecting abusive priests by moving them from parish to parish.

New book accuses Vatican of hiding cases of sexual abuse of minorsupdated: Sun Mar 25 2012 06:23:00

On the same day Pope Benedict addressed and blessed a group of 1,800 children in Guanajuato, Mexico, three Mexican authors released a book accusing the Vatican of hiding or ignoring cases of child sex abuse by Roman Catholic priests.

Pope Benedict XVI arrives in Mexicoupdated: Sat Mar 24 2012 15:41:00

Pope Benedict XVI begins a Latin American tour in historical Guanajuato, Mexico. CNN's Rafael Romo reports.

Mexico spends millions to greet popeupdated: Fri Mar 23 2012 17:32:00

The Mexican government is spending millions of dollars to welcome the pope. CNN's Rafael Romo reports.

Mexico spends millions to greet popeupdated: Fri Mar 23 2012 17:32:00

It has been a project of celestial proportions, but it's finally ready. Construction workers have labored nonstop for months.

How GOP got Catholicizedupdated: Fri Mar 23 2012 13:12:00

There was a time when the Republican Party was strictly for White Anglo Saxon Protestants. It was an alliance between Country Club Episcopalians and twice born followers of the Old Time Gospel, all firmly opposed to mass Catholic immigration from Europe. The nativism of the GOP drove Catholics into the welcoming arms of Al Smith, Jack Kennedy, Tip O'Neill and the Democratic Party.

Pope's visit overshadowed by predecessor's legacy in Mexicoupdated: Thu Mar 22 2012 12:43:00

It was an exciting day for Laura Dominguez and her 11-year-old daughter Paulina.

Pope overshadowed by predecessorupdated: Thu Mar 22 2012 12:43:00

A papal visit to Mexico is likely to be overshadowed by the previous pope. CNN's Rafael Romo reports.

Cuban authorities release 'Ladies in White' marchers, dissident saysupdated: Mon Mar 19 2012 12:01:00

Cuban authorities have released dozens of members of the "Ladies in White" group after detaining them, a dissident said Monday.

CNN Reporter moves to Cubaupdated: Fri Mar 16 2012 09:23:00

CNN's Patrick Oppmann moves from Seattle to Havana, Cuba.

Cuban dissidents removed from churchupdated: Fri Mar 16 2012 09:23:00

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.

Philly priest sex abuse case cover-up?updated: Mon Feb 27 2012 13:53:00

CNN's Susan Candiotti reports on a memo that says a Philadephia cardinal ordered a priest sex abuse file shredded.

Judge rejects dismissal in child sex cover-up case against clericupdated: Mon Feb 27 2012 13:53:00

A judge on Monday rejected a motion to dismiss charges against a Philadelphia archdiocese official accused of covering up evidence of suspected sexual abuse of children.

Pope appoints 22 new cardinalsupdated: Sat Feb 18 2012 07:59:00

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.

Vatican official defends Pope Benedict in sex abuse scandalupdated: Mon Feb 06 2012 19:14:00

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.

Catholics upset with contraception rulesupdated: Sat Feb 04 2012 11:05:00

The Catholic church is outraged at new contraception rules. CNN's Brianna Keilar has more.

Bishops don't speak for most Catholics on contraceptionupdated: Sat Feb 04 2012 11:05:00

Recently, the chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Religious Liberty argued that the Obama administration's requirement that most health insurance plans cover contraception goes against "the mandate of Jesus Christ."

Pope prays for Syria and Myanmar in Christmas messageupdated: Sun Dec 25 2011 09:07:00

Pope Benedict XVI prayed for peace in Syria, reconciliation in Myanmar, and comfort in flood-stricken Thailand and the Philippines in his annual Christmas message "To the City and the World" on Sunday.

Pope confirms plans to visit Mexico, Cubaupdated: Tue Dec 13 2011 00:07:00

Pope Benedict XVI confirmed plans Monday to visit Mexico and Cuba before Easter.

Chicago Archdiocese to pay $3.2 million to settle sex abuse case, attorney saysupdated: Tue Nov 15 2011 16:55:00

The Archdiocese of Chicago will pay $3.2 million to settle a lawsuit that alleged church leaders failed to remove a priest they knew had sexually abused minors, the plaintiff's attorneys said Tuesday.

Pope plans visits to Mexico, Cubaupdated: Fri Nov 11 2011 09:26:00

Pope Benedict XVI is planning potential trips to Mexico and Cuba in 2012, the Vatican said.

Pope: The Church in Germany 'will continue to be a blessing'updated: Sun Sep 25 2011 22:03:00

Pope Benedict XVI said goodbye to his native Germany on Sunday, capping a packed four-day visit in which he met with political and religious leaders in a country that -- like many others in Europe -- has seen growing disenchantment with the Roman Catholic Church.

A papal homecoming for Benedict XVIupdated: Sat Sep 24 2011 15:01:00

Pope Benedict XVI meets members of the Muslim community in Germany. CNN's Fred Pleitgen reports.

Pope straddles dividing lines in Germany visitupdated: Sat Sep 24 2011 15:01:00

On the third day of his visit to his native Germany, Pope Benedict XVI made two stops Saturday straddling the lines of history that have divided the country violently -- in past decades into Communist east and democratic west and in past centuries into mostly Protestant north and stalwart Catholic south.

Pope 'deeply shaken' in meeting with sex abuse victims in Germanyupdated: Fri Sep 23 2011 22:33:00

Pope Benedict XVI met Friday with a group of people who had been sexually abused by clergy in his native Germany, where disenchantment with the Roman Catholic Church has grown in the wake of the scandal.

Pope in Germany 'to speak about God,' not politicsupdated: Fri Sep 23 2011 07:29:00

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.

Ireland ramps up battle with Vatican over child abuseupdated: Sun Sep 04 2011 13:48:00

Ireland stepped up its battle with the Roman Catholic Church over child abuse Sunday, with Justice Minister Alan Shatter vowing to pass a law requiring priests to report suspicions of child abuse, even if they learn about them in confession.

Vatican rejects Irish criticism over child sex abuse by priestsupdated: Sat Sep 03 2011 10:41:00

The Vatican has rejected criticism that church leaders sought to cover up extensive abuse of young people by priests in Ireland, in a lengthy statement sent to the Irish government Saturday.

Pilgrimage to meet the Popeupdated: Sun Aug 21 2011 14:04:00

Pope Benedict XVI is in Madrid, Spain for World Youth Day. CNN's Al Goodman reports.

Brazil to host World Youth Day, pope announcesupdated: Sun Aug 21 2011 14:04:00

Rio de Janeiro will host the next World Youth Day, Pope Benedict XVI announced Sunday to hundreds of thousands of young Roman Catholic pilgrims at the close of this year's event in Madrid.

Protests greet Pope in Spainupdated: Thu Aug 18 2011 12:43:00

Pope Benedict XVI arrives in Madrid for World Youth Day, but demonstrators protest over the cost of the pontiff's visit.

Pope reaches out to youths in Spainupdated: Thu Aug 18 2011 12:43:00

Catholic youths should not hide their beliefs from their peers, Pope Benedict XVI told them in a World Youth Day speech delivered Thursday in Spain.

Man charged with planning to disrupt Spanish protest marchupdated: Thu Aug 18 2011 06:49:00

A man arrested in Madrid on suspicion of planning an attack against a demonstration to protest the visit of Pope Benedict XVI was a volunteer for the papal visit's organizing committee, a committee senior spokesman said Wednesday.

Hosting the Pope a costly honor for Spainupdated: Thu Aug 18 2011 06:49:00

Critics say hosting Pope Benedict XVI in Madrid for World Youth Day is too costly. CNN's Al Goodman reports.

U.S. Catholic bishops revise guidelines against sex abuseupdated: Thu Jun 16 2011 23:12:00

To fight child abuse by priests, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops revised its 2002 charter Thursday, the group said. Pope John Paul II Beatified In Romeupdated: Mon May 02 2011 10:10:00

The late Catholic leader moves one step closer to becoming a saint

Polish city honors popeupdated: Sun May 01 2011 17:17:00

CNN's Diana Magnay on the reaction to John Paul II's beatification in the Polish city of Krakow.

Poles already think of John Paul II as a saintupdated: Sun May 01 2011 17:17:00

For many Poles, John Paul II's beatification simply confirms what they already knew. They thought him a saint already, the very fact of his papacy a blessing for Poland.

Beatification of Pope John Paul llupdated: Sun May 01 2011 11:17:00

Nadia Bilchik talks to T.J. Holmes about the process of beatification, and others who have been through the process.

Chicago family credits Pope John Paul II with personal miracleupdated: Sat Apr 30 2011 16:37:00

Christopher Lukasik was building shelves when a metal rod hit his eye, tearing about a third of his optic nerve fibers and leaving everybody from his doctors to his family wondering whether he would ever see again.

Zimbabwe's Mugabe in Rome for John Paul II's beatificationupdated: Sat Apr 30 2011 11:50:00

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe arrived in Rome for the beatification of the late Pope John Paul II, airport officials said Saturday, despite his EU-wide travel ban for alleged human rights abuses.

Rome prepares for beatification of John Paul IIupdated: Thu Apr 28 2011 14:15:00

More than one million people are expected in Rome this weekend for the beatification of Pope John Paul II, the biggest event in Vatican City since his death six years ago.

Pope urges peace on Easterupdated: Sun Apr 24 2011 19:46:00

During Easter celebrations at the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI addresses the conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa.

New Hampshire congressman calls Catholic bishop a 'pedophile pimp'updated: Sat Apr 02 2011 09:00:00

The New Hampshire House majority leader lashed out Friday on his Facebook page at a Roman Catholic bishop, calling the clergyman a "pedophile pimp" who "has no moral credibility to lecture anyone."

Vatican warns of papal ticket scamsupdated: Mon Feb 21 2011 12:31:00

The Vatican is warning people who plan to travel to the beatification of Pope John Paul II to look out for scammers claiming to sell tickets for the ceremony.

Confession app for your iPhoneupdated: Thu Feb 10 2011 06:05:00

The makers say the app isn't replacing the confessional, but it will help people with the sacrament. WCVB reports.

Vatican warns about iPhone Confession appupdated: Thu Feb 10 2011 06:05:00

Yes, the Roman Catholic Church still supports the new app designed to help Catholics make confession. To a point.

2010: Pope 'sorry' for Ireland abuseupdated: Wed Jan 19 2011 11:18:00

In March 2010, Cardinal Sean Brady read a letter from Pope Benedict XVI on sexual abuse by Catholic priests in Ireland.

Irish abuse victims 'disgusted' at Vatican letterupdated: Wed Jan 19 2011 11:18:00

Irish victims of sexual abuse are "disgusted" by a newly revealed letter in which a Vatican official expresses "serious reservations" about requiring bishops to report suspected abuse by priests to police, they said Wednesday.

Pope John Paul II: Steps to sainthoodupdated: Fri Jan 14 2011 11:56:00

The late Pope John Paul II takes a significant step towards sainthood. CNN's John Allen explains on American Morning.

John Paul II closer to sainthoodupdated: Fri Jan 14 2011 11:56:00

John Paul II moved closer to sainthood Friday as the Vatican announced he will be beatified later this year.

Christmas at the Vaticanupdated: Sun Dec 26 2010 06:35:00

The Vatican celebrates Christmas with a traditional midnight mass.

New York priest defrocked for child sex abuseupdated: Sat Dec 18 2010 15:52:00

A high-ranking New York priest has been found guilty by a church tribunal of sexually abusing a minor in the 1970s, according to a statement obtained Saturday from the Catholic Archdiocese of New York.

Holy See urges 'prudence' in reading Vatican-related cablesupdated: Sat Dec 11 2010 10:15:00

The Holy See's press office Saturday urged the public to read the latest Vatican-related diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks with "great prudence," claiming the allegations cited in the documents reflect only the view of their writers.

WikiLeaks: Sex abuse scandal left rift in Vatican-Ireland relationsupdated: Fri Dec 10 2010 20:11:00

Relations between the Vatican and Ireland deteriorated sharply as the Holy See appeared to ignore a commission looking into complaints of physical and sexual abuse of children by Irish priests, according to U.S. diplomatic cables obtained by WikiLeaks.

Pope: Condoms to prevent AIDS may be OKupdated: Tue Nov 30 2010 18:06:00

Pope Benedict XVI said that the use of condoms may be acceptable in some cases to prevent the transmission of AIDS.

Why the pope didn't just say no on condomsupdated: Tue Nov 30 2010 18:06:00

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.

AIDS activists praise pope's condom commentsupdated: Sun Nov 21 2010 13:13:00

Pope Benedict XVI's possible shift on condom use is a "significant and positive step forward," the head of the United Nations anti-AIDS campaign said, welcoming the potentially historic remark.

Pope to visit Germany next yearupdated: Fri Nov 19 2010 07:58:00

Pope Benedict XVI will be making his third trip to Germany next year, a church official confirmed on Friday.

Pope to make his second visit to Spainupdated: Wed Nov 10 2010 09:52:00

Pope Benedict XVI to consecrate architect Gaudi's Sagrada Familia, unfinished church in Barcelona. Al Goodman reports.

First Catholic seminary in half century opens in Cubaupdated: Wed Nov 03 2010 22:54:00

The Catholic Church opened its first seminary in Cuba in more than 50 years on Wednesday, with President Raul Castro in attendance.

Mexican officials investigate whether priest accepted drug moneyupdated: Tue Nov 02 2010 12:18:00

Mexican federal authorities are investigating whether a Roman Catholic priest received money from a top narcotrafficker to build a chapel, a church official said Monday.

Catholic bishops endorse two-state solution to Mideast conflictupdated: Sat Oct 23 2010 08:53:00

Roman Catholic bishops for the Middle East concluded a two-week conference with a call for the international community, especially the United Nations, to work "to put an end to the occupation" of Palestinian territories.

Pope creates two dozen new cardinalsupdated: Wed Oct 20 2010 11:51:00

Pope Benedict XVI announced Wednesday that he would create 24 new cardinals -- putting his stamp on the body that will select his replacement when he dies.

Nun whose order fought abuse becomes Australia's first saintupdated: Mon Oct 18 2010 06:21:00

Australia got its first Catholic saint Sunday, a feisty 19th-century nun who was briefly excommunicated when her colleagues exposed an abusive priest.

Australia's first saint canonizedupdated: Mon Oct 18 2010 06:21:00

Australians are celebrating the canonization of their nation's first Catholic saint, Mary MacKillop of the Cross.

Pope's UK visit proving controversialupdated: Sun Sep 19 2010 18:06:00

CNN's Atika Shubert reports on the pope's visit to Britain amid concerns over abuse within the Roman Catholic Church.

Pope praises British for resisting Nazisupdated: Sun Sep 19 2010 18:06:00

Pope Benedict XVI praised Britain Sunday for standing up to the Nazis, a remark that could rekindle controversy over the pope's past -- reminding listeners that he was forced as a young man to join the Hitler Youth.

Catholicism around the worldupdated: Sun Sep 19 2010 04:44:00

CNN looks at the challenges facing the Roman Catholic Church in Hong Kong and Spain.

Pope meets with clergy abuse victims as thousands protestupdated: Sat Sep 18 2010 14:01:00

Pope Benedict XVI met with five clergy abuse victims while on his official visit to the United Kingdom, the Catholic Communications Network said Saturday, the same day the pope expressed his "deep sorrow" for the scandal that has rocked the Catholic Church.

Arrests amid pope's visit to Londonupdated: Fri Sep 17 2010 16:42:00

Investigators in Britain arrested six men on suspicion of terrorism Friday and reviewed security arrangements for Pope Benedict XVI's trip there, authorities said.

Pope's UK visit beginsupdated: Fri Sep 17 2010 11:13:00

CNN's Phil Black reports from Scotland, where Pope Benedict XVI began a four-day visit to the United Kingdom. Susan Boyle's Dream Comes True: She Sings for the Popeupdated: Fri Sep 17 2010 06:09:00

"It's something I've always dreamed of," says the singer, who helped welcome the pontiff on his visit to Scotland

Why I oppose the pope's visitupdated: Fri Sep 17 2010 06:06:00

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.

The pope's trip to Britain is worth the moneyupdated: Fri Sep 17 2010 06:05:00

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?

Pope addresses sex abuse scandal as he starts visit to Britainupdated: Fri Sep 17 2010 03:32:00

The Roman Catholic Church has not been vigilant enough or fast enough in responding to the problem of sexual abuse by priests, Pope Benedict XVI said Thursday.

Protests planned for pope's UK visitupdated: Fri Sep 17 2010 03:32:00

Two-thirds of respondents to a recent poll say they're unhappy about pope's visit to the U.K. Atika Shubert has more.

Church abuse survivors demand justiceupdated: Thu Sep 16 2010 12:19:00

Sue Cox was 10 years old when she says she was raped by a priest in her family home on the eve of her Confirmation, a sacrament which signifies the cementing of bonds between baptised believers and the Church.

What the UK papers say about the popeupdated: Thu Sep 16 2010 12:17:00

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.

Why is Pope Benedict XVI visiting Britain?updated: Thu Sep 16 2010 04:00:00

As the United Kingdom braces to receive one of the best-known and most controversial figures on the planet, Pope Benedict XVI, a question hangs over the state visit: Why is he coming?

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