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Church sex abuse brings trouble to popeupdated: Wed Mar 17 2010 09:41:00

With allegations of sexual abuse by Catholic priests piling up in Germany and Ireland and surfacing in Austria and the Netherlands, Europe appears poised to face church abuse in the broad, wrenching way the United States did in the last decade.

Top Catholic exorcist: Pedophiles tempted by Satan, not possessedupdated: Wed Mar 17 2010 08:55:00

"The devil tempts everyone -- people in politics, in economics, in sport. And naturally, he tempts, above all, the religious leaders, so you shouldn't be surprised if the devil tempts those in the Vatican. That's his job."

Exorcist: Pedophiles 'tempted'updated: Wed Mar 17 2010 08:55:00

The Vatican's chief exorcist tells CNN's Morgan Neill that the devil is present in the Vatican.

Pope's ex-diocese suspends sex-abuse priestupdated: Tue Mar 16 2010 15:11:00

A priest who was accused of sexually abusing children -- and whose subsequent move from one location to another the pope approved when he was a German cardinal -- has been suspended, his archdiocese announced Monday. The priest was later convicted.

Pope to visit Britain in Septemberupdated: Tue Mar 16 2010 15:09:00

Pope Benedict XVI will visit England and Scotland from September 16-19, Queen Elizabeth II announced.

Vatican in alleged sex scandalupdated: Sun Mar 07 2010 02:03:00

Investigators say a Vatican choir member allegedly set up an honorary usher with prostitutes. CNN's Morgan Neill reports.

Vatican choir singer involved in gay liaisons scandalupdated: Fri Mar 05 2010 21:58:00

A Nigerian man who sang in a Vatican choir arranged gay liaisons for an Italian government official who served in the unpaid role of papal usher, according to transcripts of wiretaps collected by Italian authorities.

Pope to address child abuseupdated: Tue Feb 16 2010 15:37:00

The Pope will meet with Irish bishops to reassure them that child abuse will not be tolerated. CNN's Jim Clancy reports

Pope condemns child abuse as 'heinous crime'updated: Tue Feb 16 2010 15:37:00

The sexual abuse of children is not just a "heinous crime" but a "grave sin" that offends God and wounds human dignity, Pope Benedict XVI said Tuesday after a two-day meeting with Irish Catholic bishops at the Vatican.

Pope meets Irish bishops over abuse reportupdated: Mon Feb 15 2010 16:02:00

Alleged victims of child abuse by Catholic priests in Ireland called on the Vatican Monday to hold its own investigation into the scandal and punish those responsible.

Book: Pope John Paul II self-flagellated to get closer to Jesusupdated: Fri Jan 29 2010 18:31:00

Pope John Paul II used to beat himself with a belt and sleep on a bare floor to bring himself closer to Christ, a book published Wednesday says.

Intriguing people for January 28, 2010updated: Thu Jan 28 2010 09:19:00

Rep. Carol Shea-Porter Want to get health care legislation passed in Congress? Send the elected men home, one congresswoman reportedly suggests. Shea-Porter, a New Hampshire Democrat, said as much at a Manchester town hall meeting last weekend, according to The Hill.com. It reports someone released 55 seconds of her remarks, which went viral and made national headlines.

Pope summons bishops over abuse reportupdated: Wed Jan 20 2010 11:16:00

The pope has summoned several Irish bishops to the Vatican to discuss a report documenting child abuse by Irish clergy members, the Vatican spokesman said Wednesday.

Pope visits synagogue, calls for dialogueupdated: Sun Jan 17 2010 19:43:00

Pope Benedict XVI visited the main Jewish synagogue in Rome on Sunday, a trip that unfolded amid heightened tension between Catholics and Jews.

Pope stuck in 'Groundhog Day' scenario with Jews, expert saysupdated: Sun Jan 17 2010 08:22:00

Pope Benedict XVI is set to take one step forward in Catholic-Jewish relations Sunday when he becomes the first pope since 1986 to visit the main Jewish synagogue in Rome, Italy.

Pope forgives Christmas trespasserupdated: Wed Jan 13 2010 19:22:00

Pope Benedict XVI met privately on Wednesday with the woman who dragged him to the ground on Christmas Eve, the Vatican said.

Pope delivers Christmas message after Mass attackupdated: Fri Dec 25 2009 11:24:00

The pope looked unscathed Friday as he delivered his Christmas message in St. Peter's Square, just hours after a woman jumped a barrier and dragged him down during Christmas Eve Mass.

Pope attack caught on cameraupdated: Fri Dec 25 2009 11:24:00

A woman jumped a barrier and dragged Pope Benedict XVI down during Christmas Eve Mass.

Woman knocks down pope at Mass; Christmas celebrations beginupdated: Thu Dec 24 2009 22:00:00

A woman jumped a barrier at the start of Christmas Eve Mass at St. Peter's Basilica and knocked down the pope, briefly disrupting ceremonies.

Pope ends year as he began it -- with apology to Jewsupdated: Thu Dec 24 2009 14:02:00

Pope Benedict XVI ended 2009 much as he began it -- with a major gaffe that angered Jews.

Second Irish bishop resigns over sex abuse scandalupdated: Wed Dec 23 2009 22:21:00

An Irish bishop resigned Wednesday following a government report into the sexual abuse of children by Catholic clergy -- the second to do so.

Jewish leaders condemn Vatican's plan to venerate Pope Pius XIIupdated: Tue Dec 22 2009 15:24:00

It was a Vatican announcement guaranteed to spark controversy.

Pope 'deeply disturbed' over abuse by Irish clergyupdated: Mon Dec 14 2009 02:45:00

Pope Benedict XVI is "deeply disturbed and distressed" by a recent report showing the Irish Catholic Church covered up child sex abuse by clergy for decades, the Vatican said Friday.

Tupac song selected for Vatican playlistupdated: Fri Dec 04 2009 14:19:00

Music from late rapper Tupac Shakur has been included as part of the Vatican's official MySpace Music playlist.

Italy debates public crossesupdated: Mon Nov 23 2009 10:15:00

The crucifix is at least two feet tall, with the figure of Jesus wearing a crown of thorns and hangs centered on the wall behind the judge. Even at the murder trial of Amanda Knox, the cross is a constant symbol of Italian history, identity and justice.

Italy debates public crossesupdated: Mon Nov 23 2009 10:15:00

CNN's Paula Newton reports on the debate in Italy over whether crosses should be displayed in public places.

'New Moon' sets midnight showing recordupdated: Fri Nov 20 2009 16:16:00

The second installment in the "Twilight" saga, starring Robert Pattinson as vampire Edward Cullen, Kristen Stewart as his star-crossed love and Taylor Lautner as the wolfboy who loves her, has already ripped through a box office record.

Vatican welcomes Anglicans into Catholic Churchupdated: Tue Oct 20 2009 22:08:00

The Vatican said Tuesday it has worked out a way for groups of Anglicans who are dissatisfied with their faith to join the Catholic Church.

Pope out of hospital, in a cast, after breaking wristupdated: Fri Jul 17 2009 10:35:00

Pope Benedict XVI had surgery on his right wrist Friday after he broke it in a fall, the Vatican said.

Vatican, White House: Abortion one topic of Obama-pope chatupdated: Fri Jul 10 2009 18:24:00

U.S. President Obama and Pope Benedict XVI discussed current affairs, the Catholic Church's teachings and abortion as they met for the first time Friday, according to the White House and the Vatican.

Commentary: Celibacy should be rethoughtupdated: Fri May 22 2009 11:55:00

It's an issue that simply won't go away. In spite of signals from the Vatican discouraging even discussions of obligatory celibacy for Catholic priests, the almost 1,000-year-old rule is under the microscope. And it will be for decades to come. Here's why.

Church of the Annunciationupdated: Thu May 14 2009 14:42:00

CNN's Ben Wedeman reports from the Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth - another stop on the Pope's journey.

Pope on 'high-wire act' tour of Middle Eastupdated: Sat May 09 2009 03:18:00

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."

'Angels & Demons' fails to draw Vatican's ireupdated: Mon May 04 2009 17:52:00

If director Ron Howard hopes religious controversy will help sell tickets to "Angels & Demons" the way it boosted his "Da Vinci Code," the Catholic Church is not playing along with his script.

First papal visit for Charles since divorceupdated: Mon Apr 27 2009 10:49:00

Prince Charles visited the Vatican on Monday for his first meeting with a pope since his 1996 divorce from Princess Diana.

Pope to visit Italian earthquake zoneupdated: Sat Apr 18 2009 09:36:00

Pope Benedict XVI will visit the earthquake-ravaged town of L'Aquila on April 28 -- three weeks after the disaster struck -- the Vatican said Saturday.

Pope visits Africa, reaffirms ban on condomsupdated: Wed Mar 18 2009 20:22:00

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.

Vatican: Holocaust denier's apology not enoughupdated: Fri Feb 27 2009 11:32:00

The Vatican said Friday it is not satisfied by the apology issued by a Catholic bishop who denied the Holocaust, saying the cleric must still clearly "distance himself" from the controversial comments.

Holocaust denier removed as head of Argentine seminaryupdated: Sun Feb 08 2009 23:16:00

A Holocaust denier Pope Benedict XVI welcomed back into the Roman Catholic Church last month has been removed from his position as head of a seminary in Argentina.

Bishop denies Holocaustupdated: Sun Feb 08 2009 23:16:00

Argentines respond to comments by a controversial bishop. Brian Byrnes reports.

Tear gas fired on Vatican office in Venezuelaupdated: Wed Feb 04 2009 21:38:00

Three tear gas canisters were fired Wednesday at the Vatican's diplomatic headquarters in Venezuela, the second such attack in less than three weeks, church officials and local media reports said.

Vatican: Bishop must recant Holocaust denialupdated: Wed Feb 04 2009 12:20:00

The Vatican says it has ordered a controversial bishop who denies the Holocaust to "distance himself" from his views "in an absolutely unequivocal and public manner."

Pope urged to act on Holocaust-denying bishopupdated: Tue Feb 03 2009 20:53:00

German Chancellor Angela Merkel demanded Tuesday that Pope Benedict XVI firmly reject denial of the Holocaust, a week and a half after the Vatican rehabilitated a bishop who denied the Nazis had intentionally murdered 6 million Jews.

Pope outrages Jews over Holocaust denierupdated: Mon Jan 26 2009 12:25:00

Jewish officials in Israel and abroad are outraged that Pope Benedict XVI has decided to lift the excommunication of a British bishop who denies that Jews were killed in Nazi gas chambers.

Pope launches YouTube channelupdated: Fri Jan 23 2009 11:35:00

Pope Benedict XVI launched his own channel on YouTube Friday in an effort to use new technology to reach a younger audience.

Tear gas fired at Vatican diplomatic center in Venezuelaupdated: Mon Jan 19 2009 17:48:00

Three tear gas attacks were reported in Venezuela on Monday, one of them at the Vatican's diplomatic headquarters in Caracas.

Pope celebrates midnight Massupdated: Thu Dec 25 2008 07:34:00

Pope Benedict XVI delivers a message during Mass at the Vatican that urges the end of child exploitation.

Pope's Christmas Eve homily calls for Mideast peaceupdated: Thu Dec 25 2008 07:34:00

Pope Benedict XVI called for peace in the Middle East and an end to the exploitation of children in the homily he delivered early Thursday during the annual Christmas Eve Midnight Mass in St. Peter's Basilica.

The Vatican and the Beatlesupdated: Wed Nov 26 2008 14:14:00

The Vatican responds to controversial comments made by John Lennon. CNN's Alessio Vinci reports.

Time.com: Vatican Launches Catholic-Islamic Dialogueupdated: Tue Nov 04 2008 09:00:00

While not playing down differences, the Pope is as keen as many Muslim scholars to promote mutual understanding rather than enmity

Bible-reading marathon beginsupdated: Mon Oct 06 2008 10:48:00

A week-long Bible-reading marathon is under way on Italian RAI state TV on its program called "The Bible Day and Night."

Time.com: Anne Hathaway's Ex Pleads Guiltyupdated: Wed Sep 10 2008 14:00:00

A smooth-talking Italian businessman who once dated actress Anne Hathaway and claimed to have friends in high places at the Vatican is headed to prison after pleading guilty Wednesday in a Manhattan real estate fraud case

Time.com: Was a Would-Be Saint Gay?updated: Thu Aug 28 2008 13:05:00

The Vatican says it wants to move the remains of Cardinal John Henry Newman to allow the faithful to pray to him. But gay rights activists see another reason

Time.com: A Pope Who Engages Secularistsupdated: Fri Jul 25 2008 07:00:00

As the Catholic Church marks a key anniversary of a traditionalist ascendancy, its leader is still keen to grapple with doubters

Millions watch Pope speakupdated: Sun Jul 20 2008 22:28:00

Pope Benedict XVI urged young people to be 'agents of change' as he wrapped up a six-day World Youth Day festival.

Time.com: Italy's Terri Schiavo Caseupdated: Fri Jul 18 2008 12:00:00

An Italian appeals court rules that a father can cut off life support to his comatose daughter in a case that has echoes of a U.S. controversy three years ago

Vatican 'regrets' female bishops decisionupdated: Tue Jul 08 2008 16:07:00

The Vatican said Tuesday it regrets the decision by the Church of England's governing body to allow the ordination of women as bishops.

People.com: Vatican Bans Tom Hanks from Filming in Churchesupdated: Tue Jun 17 2008 14:16:00

The new Da Vinci Code flick cannot shoot inside any of Rome's Catholic sites

Vatican sends threat over women priestsupdated: Mon Jun 02 2008 12:13:00

The Vatican announced Thursday in a general decree that it will excommunicate anyone who would attempt to ordain a woman as a priest and the woman herself.

Time.com: Vatican: Excommunication for Female Priestsupdated: Fri May 30 2008 18:30:00

The Vatican insisted Friday that it is properly following Christian tradition by excluding females from the priesthood as it issued a new warning that women taking part in ordinations will be excommunicated

Time.com: Vatican: It's OK to Believe in Aliensupdated: Tue May 13 2008 18:00:00

Believing that the universe may contain alien life does not contradict a faith in God, the Vatican's chief astronomer said in an interview published Tuesday

Padre Pio's body on displayupdated: Thu Apr 24 2008 18:35:00

The body of the Italian saint Padre Pio goes on public display in southern Italy.

Body of Saint goes on displayupdated: Thu Apr 24 2008 18:35:00

Thousands flock to see the exhumed body of St. Padre Pio on the exhibit's opening day. CNN's Jennifer Eccleston reports.

Time.com: What the Pope Said -- and Didn't Sayupdated: Sun Apr 20 2008 22:20:00

Benedict dealt forthrightly with the sex-abuse scandal, but his US tour was more pastoral than policy oriented

Time.com: A Catholic's Take on the Pope's Tripupdated: Sat Apr 19 2008 19:00:00

Viewpoint: No, we are not the Da Vinci Code heretics the Vatican might suspect. We look instead to the Boccaccio Code

Time.com: The Vatican Rethinks Laws on Abuseupdated: Sat Apr 19 2008 00:00:00

A top official suggests that the Vatican may be reconsidering canon laws concerning sex abuse, giving victims more latitude

Time.com: The Pope Tackles the Sex Abuse Issue updated: Thu Apr 17 2008 22:00:00

A private meeting with victims of priest sex abuse is the surprise culmination of Benedict's effort to confront the scandal

Time.com: The Pope's Geopolitical Agendaupdated: Mon Apr 14 2008 14:00:00

His first Papal visit to the U.S. gives Benedict a chance to define his role in global affairs

Time.com: The Pope's Sex Abuse Challengeupdated: Fri Apr 11 2008 15:50:00

Benedict XVI has decided to address the church's pedophilia crisis on his trip to the U.S. But will it be enough to satisfy disillusioned American Catholics?

Time.com: Pope to Address Church Abuseupdated: Tue Apr 08 2008 17:00:00

The Vatican's No. 2 official says Pope Benedict XVI recognizes the damage and pain caused by the clergy sex abuse crisis and will seek healing during his U.S. trip

Time.com: The Heartthrob from the Vaticanupdated: Sat Apr 05 2008 18:00:00

Pope Benedict XVI may not have the charisma of John Paul II but don't discount his staff -- especially Fr. Georg Gänswein, the gatekeeper-in-chief

Time.com: Vatican: Islam World's Largest Faithupdated: Mon Mar 31 2008 11:00:00

Islam has surpassed Roman Catholicism as the world's largest religion, the Vatican newspaper said Sunday

Time.com: A Muslim Critic Turns Catholicupdated: Mon Mar 24 2008 12:00:00

Pope Benedict himself performed the baptism, in a rite with reverberations for Church relations with the Muslim world

Easter at the Vaticanupdated: Sun Mar 23 2008 14:36:00

Pope Benedict XVI celebrates Easter Mass.

Easter vigil at the Vaticanupdated: Sun Mar 23 2008 08:31:00

Christians mark Easter with a vigil at St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican.

Time.com: A Church in Saudi Arabia?updated: Wed Mar 19 2008 13:15:00

Other faiths have long been banned from operating openly in Islam's birthplace. A Vatican-Saudi dialogue may change that

Vatican official: New sins on horizonupdated: Fri Mar 14 2008 00:42:00

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.

Vatican lists new deadly sinsupdated: Fri Mar 14 2008 00:42:00

Excessive wealth is a sin, says the Vatican which has updated its list of sins. CNN's Jennifer Eccleston reports.

Time.com: Washington's Woman at the Vaticanupdated: Tue Mar 11 2008 12:00:00

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 to hold seminar with Muslimsupdated: Wed Mar 05 2008 13:27:00

Pope Benedict XVI plans to meet with Muslim scholars and religious leaders this autumn at a Catholic-Muslim seminar in Rome, the Vatican said Wednesday.

Time.com: The Last Triumph of Fatimaupdated: Fri Feb 29 2008 16:00:00

The fast-tracking of the sainthood process for the nun who, as a child, encountered the Virgin Mary at Fatima reflects the importance of that apparition to Pope John Paul II

Time.com: Raul Castro's First Guest: The Vaticanupdated: Wed Feb 20 2008 11:00:00

The Pope's Secretary of State is the first important figure to visit Cuba, part of the Catholic Church's attempt to mediate a post-Fidel transition

Time.com: Jews and the Vatican: A New Clash updated: Thu Feb 07 2008 11:00:00

The Pope has revised a section of the old Latin liturgy that castigated the Jews. But it still calls for their conversion. Jewish leaders are up in arms

Galileo protest halts pope's visitupdated: Tue Jan 15 2008 14:31:00

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.

Time.com: Jesuits to Elect a New 'Black Pope'updated: Fri Jan 04 2008 10:15:00

All the incense and intrigue of another papal conclave is upon us again. Well, sort of

Vatican Midnight Massupdated: Mon Dec 24 2007 20:50:00

Pope Benedict XVI ushers in Christmas at the Vatican with a Midnight Mass at Saint Peter's Basilica.

Time.com: Iran's Secret Weapon: The Popeupdated: Mon Nov 26 2007 09:25:00

As a showdown with the US looms, Tehran is looking to the Pontiff to intervene -- and is finding a lot of sympathy

Time.com: Catholic Group Elects Chicago Priestupdated: Tue Nov 13 2007 14:00:00

Chicago Cardinal Francis George, a defender of Catholic orthodoxy with extensive experience in Rome, was elected Tuesday as president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

Time.com: The Vatican and the Knights Templarupdated: Wed Oct 24 2007 11:00:00

Da Vinci Code fans, get ready. The Vatican is about to release its official chronicle of the last years of the Crusader knights whose power has inflamed the imagination of conspiracy theorists for centuries

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