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# Pope Benedict XVI

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# Daily Fix
The Daily Fix: Wednesday
Your evening round-up of the day’s biggest news stories, plus the bits you may have missed along the way…
# IEC 2012
No update on whether Pope will visit Ireland for Congress
The secretary-general of the International Eucharistic Congress says the Pope was enthusiastic about the event, but that there is no indication about whether he’ll attend in person.
# IEC 2012
Pope Benedict ‘vigorously rings bell’ to promote Eucharistic Congress
The pontiff promotes the International Eucharistic Congress by ringing a bell presented by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin.
# Gay Marriage
Catholic Church moves against gay marriage proposals
The Pope has denounced the “powerful” US gay marriage lobby, while Catholics in Britain have been urged to defend heterosexual unions.
# Spiritual Olympics
The Eucharistic Congress: what we know so far
Ireland is hosting the 50th annual event for the first time since 1932. So, what will go down?
# Catholic Church
Pope says marriage is only place 'worthy' of conception
Pope Benedict also said that infertile couples should shun artificial procreation.
# GOD B Wit U
The Pope is getting his own Twitter account
Pope Benedict is set to spread the Christian message in 140-character nuggets, though his username hasn’t been confirmed yet.
# Cardinals
Pope appoints 22 new Cardinals - including 18 who will pick his successor
Pope Benedict XVI appoints 22 new Cardinals, all but four of them under the age of 80, at a ceremony at the Vatican.
# Child Abuse
People 'should be grateful to Pope for handling abuse scandal' - cardinal
Cardinal William Levada told a Vatican conference on healing that the pontiff “has had to suffer attacks by the media”.
# Sex Abuse
Pope must ask forgiveness from abuse victims, says survivor Marie Collins
Collins is due to speak at a Vatican conference on ‘Healing and Renewal’ in Rome next week.
Column: Let the extremists speak - if only so we can fight back
This week, regular columnist Lisa McInerney argues that everyone is entitled to their opinion – because it gives us a chance to stand up against odious claptrap.
# Baby Jesus
The Vatican's Baby Jesus is rather big
After a spate of Baby Jesus statue robberies in the US (and Ireland), the Pope is clearly taking no chances.
# tired pope
Pope Benedict "tired" and "weak"
A resignation from the 84-year-old pontiff looks unlikely even though he has started to use a moving platform to get him up the aisle at St Peter’s Basilica.
# Vatican
Pope Benedict: I know Christmas will be difficult this year
The pontiff said the festive season will be difficult for many in the recession – but added there is more to Christmas than buying presents.
# Pope Benedict
Pope says sex abuse is 'a scourge which affects every level of society'
Pope Benedict’s latest remarks have not done well with abuse victims’ advocacy groups.
# Pope
Gun fired ahead of Pope's mass in Germany
Police have arrested one person after a shooting incident this morning. Meanwhile, the Pope met with clerical abuse victims last night during his four-day visit to Germany.
# Pope
Pope Benedict lands in Germany for official visit
More than 250,000 people have signed up to attend Mass delivered by the pontiff during his trip.
Abuse victims ask International Criminal Court to prosecute Pope
Two groups representing victims have brought a case against the Vatican for crimes against humanity.
# World Youth Day
Pope ends World Youth Day with appeal to 'become missionaries'
Pope Benedict XVI urges the 1.5 million attending the festival in Madrid not to “keep Christ to yourselves”.
# World Youth Day
Pope makes Spanish saint "doctor" of the Catholic Church
Patron saint of Spanish clergy gets the nod for one of Vatican’s highest honours in the hope that his example will “enlighten all priests”, says Benedict at World Youth Day Mass.
# Papal Visit
Pope says modern society suffering "amnesia" about God
Pope Benedict is on a visit to Spain which has been met with a number of protests.
# Papal Visit
Thousands march in Madrid against Pope's visit
Protesters chanted “Nothing for the Pope from my taxes” in a demonstration against the cost of the papal trip.
# Pope Attack
Student arrested for planning gas attack on papal visit protesters
A Mexican student studying in Spain has been arrested on suspicion of planning to attack people demonstrating against Pope Benedict’s visit to Madrid.
# Summer Reading
Pope reveals his recommended summer reading... yes, it’s the Bible
If people are looking for a challenging read, says Pope Benedict XVI, then why not bring a copy of the Bible on holiday?
# rate your priest
'Rate your priest' website hands power to the faithful
The German site lets users air feelings about their local “shepherd” – and Pope Benedict could be in for a shock…
# Philadelphia
Pope accepts Cardinal's resignation after clerical abuse scandal Philadelphia
It’s not just in Ireland, you know. Cardinal Justin Rigali steps down as Archbishop of Philadelphia over sex abuse.
# Cloyne Report
Government won't rest until the Vatican responds to the Cloyne Report
The Tánaiste has met with the Pope’s ambassador who has expressed his distress at the report’s findings. Meanwhile the Taoiseach has said that the church must act within the law at all times.
# Cloyne Report
The Cloyne Report - What does the Vatican think?
Eamon Gilmore will seek an urgent meeting with the Vatican which was “entirely unhelpful” according to the report into clerical child sex abuse.
# Week in Photos
The week in photos
This is the week that was, in pictures.
Column: Cardinal Rules - On helping the Pope to tweet
This week, the (not) Primate of All-Ireland is drafted in to help his Holiness to get to grips with Twitter. “He receives a tweet from the Dalai Lama. ‘Dude,’ it says. We just ignore it.”
# Pope Tweets
Watch: Pope Benedict sends his first tweet from an iPad
The Pope got to grips with tweeting in the Vatican yesterday.
# Sexual Abuse
HIV-positive Italian priest arrested over paedophilia claims - in diocese of key anti-paedophilia Bishop
A key ally of Pope Benedict in establishing a tough policy on how bishops handle abuse allegations is hit with problems of his own.
# beatification
Pope John Paul II beatified before more than a million people in Rome
The beatification was carried out by the current pontiff Pope Benedict XVI and moves the former pontiff one step closer to sainthood.
# beatification
Thousands gather for John Paul II's beatification ceremony as body brought to St Peter's
Ceremony will mark former pope’s next step toward sainthood, but a second miracle must be attributed to John Paul before canonisation is possible.
# easter
Pope uses traditional Easter message to appeal for diplomacy in Libya
The Urbi et Orbi message focuses on developments in Africa and the Middle East, as Benedict urges Europe to accept refugees.
Urbi et Orbi: Pope Benedict XVI's Easter message
The full text of Pope Benedict’s address to the world’s Catholics, praying for diplomacy and dialogue in the Middle East.