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Thieves steal Pope John Paul's blood from Italy church

Thieves broke into a small church in the mountains east of Rome over the weekend and stole a reliquary with the blood of the late Pope John Paul

Thieves broke into a small church in the mountains east of Rome over the weekend and stole a reliquary with the blood of the late Pope John Paul

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Pope Benedict defrocked nearly 400 priests over abuse claims

The Vatican has confirmed that close to 400 priests were defrocked in 2011-2012 by Pope Benedict XVI over claims of child abuse. The statistics

The Vatican has confirmed that close to 400 priests were defrocked in 2011-2012 by Pope Benedict XVI over claims of child abuse. The statistics

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Two Popes meet for Christmas prayers

Pope Francis has paid a Christmas visit to Pope Emeritus Benedict during which they said prayers together before have a private

Pope Francis has paid a Christmas visit to Pope Emeritus Benedict during which they said prayers together before have a private

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Former Pope denies child abuse cover up

Former Pope, Benedict XVI has denied any role in a child abuse cover up as head of the Catholic church. Now known by the title of the Emeritus

Former Pope, Benedict XVI has denied any role in a child abuse cover up as head of the Catholic church. Now known by the title of the Emeritus

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Message from God to resign

“God told me to do it,” former pontiff Benedict XVI is reported to have said in an explaination of the reasons behind his shock departure earlier

“God told me to do it,” former pontiff Benedict XVI is reported to have said in an explaination of the reasons behind his shock departure earlier

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Former pope Benedict moves back into the Vatican

Two months after his resignation Pope Emeritus Benedict is to move back into the Vatican. Benedict whose former name was Joseph Ratzinger has been

Two months after his resignation Pope Emeritus Benedict is to move back into the Vatican. Benedict whose former name was Joseph Ratzinger has been

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Pope meets former pope in historic encounter

A reigning pope and a former pope faced each other for the first time in at least 600 years on Saturday when Pope Francis travelled south of Rome for

A reigning pope and a former pope faced each other for the first time in at least 600 years on Saturday when Pope Francis travelled south of Rome for

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Benedict XVI's troubled relationship with Germany

On February 11, 2013, Benedict XVI caused dismay for many in the church when he announced he was stepping down from the papacy, a job that is

On February 11, 2013, Benedict XVI caused dismay for many in the church when he announced he was stepping down from the papacy, a job that is

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Conclave day 1: No white smoke, no pope

On the first day of the papal conclave thousands of followers watched as the black smoke billowed telling them no decision on a new pope had been

On the first day of the papal conclave thousands of followers watched as the black smoke billowed telling them no decision on a new pope had been

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No Pope for Sunday mass at St. Peter's

March 3 marked an exceptional Sunday at St. Peter’s Square in Rome without a pope to lead the mass. Benedict XVI stepped down on February 28

March 3 marked an exceptional Sunday at St. Peter’s Square in Rome without a pope to lead the mass. Benedict XVI stepped down on February 28

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Don't exaggerate Church problems - senior cardinal

Sede vacante, vacant seat. No one is sitting on the throne of the Bishop of Rome, lately Pope Benedict XVI, who has retired. His successor will have

Sede vacante, vacant seat. No one is sitting on the throne of the Bishop of Rome, lately Pope Benedict XVI, who has retired. His successor will have

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Vatican invites cardinals to elect next Pope

Who will be the next Pope to enter the now locked papal apartments? The Catholic Church is temporarily leaderless following Benedict XVI’s

Who will be the next Pope to enter the now locked papal apartments? The Catholic Church is temporarily leaderless following Benedict XVI’s

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Jewish and Muslim leaders praise Benedict and look to future

Leaders of non-Christian faiths in Italy have been giving their reactions to Benedict’s departure and looking ahead to a new era. Despite angering

Leaders of non-Christian faiths in Italy have been giving their reactions to Benedict’s departure and looking ahead to a new era. Despite angering

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Benedict leaves a church primed for change

These are momentous days for the Vatican as the Catholic community rallies round the pope. The church is now leaderless, but primed for renewal

These are momentous days for the Vatican as the Catholic community rallies round the pope. The church is now leaderless, but primed for renewal

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From Pope to Pilgrim, Benedict XVI's final hours in office

The hour has rung for the final farewell to Benedict XVI. As of 8 o’clock local time on Thursday he was no longer pope. The 85-year-old German

The hour has rung for the final farewell to Benedict XVI. As of 8 o’clock local time on Thursday he was no longer pope. The 85-year-old German

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Castel Gandolfo: retreat where Benedict 'has everything'

The picturesque village of Castel Gandolfo is well used to popes: it has been their summer retreat for over 400 years. “Thank you, Benedict, we’re

The picturesque village of Castel Gandolfo is well used to popes: it has been their summer retreat for over 400 years. “Thank you, Benedict, we’re

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Benedict's last bow

The outgoing pope, Benedict XVI, has made a final public farewell at the end of his pontificate, blessing well-wishers in front of his temporary

The outgoing pope, Benedict XVI, has made a final public farewell at the end of his pontificate, blessing well-wishers in front of his temporary

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Anger as Italy cuts jail term for Thyssen sentence

There has been an angry response to an Italian appeals court’s decision to reduce the jail term of a businessman sentenced for manslaughter over a

There has been an angry response to an Italian appeals court’s decision to reduce the jail term of a businessman sentenced for manslaughter over a

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Who holds the key to the Vatican?

Pope Benedict the XVI has made history by being the first Pontiff to resign in over six hundred years. The question now is whether his successor

Pope Benedict the XVI has made history by being the first Pontiff to resign in over six hundred years. The question now is whether his successor

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Pope Benedict's sex scandal legacy

A look at protests during the papacy of Benedict XVI over sexual abuse and paedophilia scandals involving Catholic clergy. The pope has repeatedly

A look at protests during the papacy of Benedict XVI over sexual abuse and paedophilia scandals involving Catholic clergy. The pope has repeatedly

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How Benedict defended doctrine

Pope Benedict XVI led the Catholic Church for eight years. What did he do? What has he left for the next pope to do? His peers elected a

Pope Benedict XVI led the Catholic Church for eight years. What did he do? What has he left for the next pope to do? His peers elected a

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Mixed feelings among faithful over pope's successor

Among the professional Catholic community, feelings are mixed over who should be the next pontiff as well as what his exact role should be. Some

Among the professional Catholic community, feelings are mixed over who should be the next pontiff as well as what his exact role should be. Some

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Benedict will stay on as 'shadow pope' says theologian

Pope Benedict XVI will wield considerable influence inside the Vatican after stepping down, according to leading Swiss theologian Professor Hans

Pope Benedict XVI will wield considerable influence inside the Vatican after stepping down, according to leading Swiss theologian Professor Hans

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A rainbow day at Vatican City

The Roman Catholic faithful from all over the world converged on St Peters Square in Vatican City to attend the pope’s final General Audience

The Roman Catholic faithful from all over the world converged on St Peters Square in Vatican City to attend the pope’s final General Audience

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The Vatican and the future

Euronews correspondent Manuela Scarpellini looks at the prospect for change in the Vatican following the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI. “How

Euronews correspondent Manuela Scarpellini looks at the prospect for change in the Vatican following the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI. “How

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'Joy and difficulty' as Benedict XVI says goodbye

Pope Benedict XVI bade an emotional farewell to tens of thousands of pilgrims gathered at St Peters Square in Vatican City for the final General

Pope Benedict XVI bade an emotional farewell to tens of thousands of pilgrims gathered at St Peters Square in Vatican City for the final General

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Benedict XVI holds final audience

On Wednesday February 27, the last day before he officially steps down, Pope Benedict XVI will hold his last general audience in front of thousands

On Wednesday February 27, the last day before he officially steps down, Pope Benedict XVI will hold his last general audience in front of thousands

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Brown shoes and a simple white cassock for a pope in retirement

Pope Benedict XVI is to keep his honorific “His Holiness” after he leaves office on Thursday. He will also be known as “pope emeritus” and wear a

Pope Benedict XVI is to keep his honorific “His Holiness” after he leaves office on Thursday. He will also be known as “pope emeritus” and wear a

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Retiring Pope 'not abandoning' the Church

Pope Benedict XVI said he is not abandoning the Roman Catholic Church – during his final Sunday blessing at the Vatican before stepping down on

Pope Benedict XVI said he is not abandoning the Roman Catholic Church – during his final Sunday blessing at the Vatican before stepping down on