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# Pope Benedict XVI

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# The Pope
In pictures: From Cardinal Ratzinger to Pope Benedict XVI
The life and times of the 265th Pope.
# Vatican
Vatican receives around 600 abuse cases every year, says prosecutor
The Vatican’s new chief prosecutor said many of the cases date back to the 1960s, 70s and 80s.
# Appointments
Dublin priest Brendan Leahy appointed as new Bishop of Limerick
Leahy succeeds Donal Murray, who resigned in 2009 after being criticised by the Murphy Report into clerical abuse.
# Abortion
What did the Pope say about abortion yesterday?
Was Benedict referring to Ireland when he spoke of laws that “unjustly alter the balance” between mother and baby?
# Vatican
Bank card payments suspended in Vatican
Bank of Italy says the Vatican failed to fully implement anti money laundering legislation.
# Gay Marriage
Labour TD calls Pope's gay marriage comments "deeply insulting"
John Lyons claims this is second time in a week that Vatican has “targeted the international LGBT community”.
# Gay Marriage
Pope says mankind at stake over gay marriage
He said, “when God is denied, human dignity also disappears”.
# Gay Marriage
Vatican newspaper slams gay marriage as communist 'utopia'
“Why repeat the same mistake and chase after an unattainable utopia?” read the daily’s front-page editorial.
# Vatican
Gay rights activists protest at Pope's Sunday morning prayer
Demonstrators held placards condemning homophobia after Pope Benedict said same-sex unions “destabilise marriage”.
# pontifex
12 intelligent questions Twitter users are asking the Pope
He finally tweeted! But he hasn’t told us whether he likes sausages yet.
Column: So the Pope has joined Twitter. What will he learn there?
Social media is all about debate and dissent, writes Fr Tony Flannery – so perhaps it can teach the Vatican a lesson.
# pontifex
13 of the best fake tweets from the Pope
“Shark Week’s going off on the Discovery Channel.” Twitter welcomed Benedict XVI in its own special way…
# Catholic Church
New Bishop of Cloyne accepts appointment with 'apprehension'
The Bishop-elect William Crean, from Kerry, has said he had accepted the post with “considerable trepidation”.
# doooooooom
Pope calls on faithful to ignore doomsday warnings for 21 December
Ding ding ding! It’s round one of Pope Benedict XVI versus the Mayan prophets of doom.
# Vatican
Vatican court convicts accomplice in leaks scandal
The court gave Claudio Sciarpelletti a suspended sentence of two months in prison with a probationary term of five years.
# vatileaks
Vatican casts doubt on pardon for Pope's Butler as jail looms
Paolo Gabriele won’t appeal his conviction, and will go to prison – while a Vatican statement says his sentence is ‘just’.
# Vatican
Surprise cardinal appointments spark pope health concerns
Pope Benedict XVI today announced the unexpected appointment of six cardinals from outside Europe.
# vatican ii
Pope marks 50th anniversary of Vatican II
Homily at Mass in St Peter’s Square recalls the changes in Church in 1962 – and Benedict urges the faithful to return to the “letter”.
# vatileaks
Pope's butler gets 18 months in jail for stealing secret Vatican documents
The butler said he had “acted out of visceral love for the Church of Christ and of its leader on earth”.
# vatican leaks
Pope's ex-butler to take the stand in leaks trial today
Paolo Gabriele, 46, faces up to four years in prison if he is convicted of aggravated theft in the worst security breach in the Vatican’s recent history.
# vatileaks
Former butler to Pope on trial over leaked documents
Vatican judges have refused to admit key evidence in the trial and Gabriele’s hearing has been fixed for Tuesday.
# vatileaks
Vatileaks: Pope's butler to stand trial tomorrow - but may be pardoned
Vatican watchers believe that Pope Benedict could pardon Paolo Gabriele for leaking sensitive papers to a journalist.
# Enda
Video: Enda Kenny checks his phone during Pope Benedict speech
Checking the Mayo team news? Updating his Facebook? Or taking a sneaky snap? Just what was Enda doing as he checked his phone a number of times during the audience with the Pope on Saturday?
# Catholic Church
No comment from Taoiseach after meeting with Pope Benedict
It was the first meeting of the pair since Kenny’s landmark speech in the Dáil last July.
# Rome
Taoiseach in Rome to meet Monti ahead of papal audience
Mario Monti will greet the Taoiseach after meeting with another bailed-out premier, Greek leader Antonis Samaras.
# popemobile
Pope to whizz around Vatican in new electric car
New electric vehicle gets nod of approval from green minded pope.
# Syria
Syria latest: Jordan's refugee camp, the Pope's plea and Aleppo assaults
The Pope has appealed for an end to violence as Syria’s army continues its ferocious attacks on the city of Aleppo.
# vatileaks
Pope speaks of human weakness in sinful church
The pontiff described the “destructive power of evil” affecting the Church as the Vatican battles a series of scandals.
# Vatican
Vatican hires Fox News journalist to improve communications strategy
Greg Burke has likened his new role to that of the White House communications advisor.
Sitdown Sunday: 7 deadly reads
The very best of the week’s writing from around the web.
# Daily Fix
The Daily Fix: Sunday
All the day’s main news, plus a few bits and pieces you may have missed along the way…
# In Pictures
Eucharistic Congress: 80,000 pilgrims gather in Croke Park for closing Mass
Enda Kenny and Michael D Higgins joined the crowds at Croke Park today for the closing Mass.
# IEC2012
Clerical abuse 'remains a mystery', says Pope Benedict XVI
“They abused people and undermined the credibility of the Church’s message.”
# Abuse
Brady never offered his resignation to the Vatican - Catholic Church
A report in a newspaper today said the Vatican had turned down Cardinal Brady’s resignation in 2010 – but the Catholic Church says this never happened.
# Urbi et Orbi
In full: Pope Benedict's Easter urbi et orbi address
The full text of Pope Benedict’s Easter morning address the world’s Catholics, as delivered in Rome this morning.
# Cuba
Pope meets Fidel Castro in Cuba
The Pope gave an unusually political speech before hundreds of thousands of people in Cuba today.
# Cuba
Pope arrives in Cuba for three-day visit
The Pope was welcomed by Cuban President Raul Castro, who told him that his country favours complete religious freedom.
# Apostolic Visitation
Vatican visitors propose Church reforms to deal with abuse fallout
An Apostolic Visitation sent by Pope Benedict XVI suggests reforming admissions to seminaries, and organisation of dioceses.
# Clerical Abuse
Vatican visitors to publish report on Church child abuse
Pope Benedict’s hand-picked ‘Apostolic Visitation’ will publish a summary of their findings later this morning.
# Eau de Pope
Papal Perfume: Pope gets own fragrance
The Pope has commissioned a celebrity perfume-maker to create his own heavenly scent.