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# Pope Benedict XVI

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Vatican sanctions Belgian bishop who abused nephew
A Belgian bishop who resigned last year after admitting he had sexually abused his nephew has been sanctioned by the Vatican – and will no longer be permitted to act as a priest in public.
# Atheism
New Vatican initiative will 'reach out to atheists'
The Church unveils a plan to open dialogue with non-believers – but there’s no room for the likes of Richard Dawkins.
# Catholic Church
Vatican kicks off countdown to beatification of John Paul II
The Vatican has begun the countdown to the beautification of Pope John Paul II by posting videos on YouTube and creating a dedicated Facebook page.
# Papal Visit
Pope Benedict expected to visit Ireland in 2012
The Vatican has not confirmed reports of a papal visit as part of the International Eucharistic Congress in June next year.
# Death of Jesus
Pope's new book: Jews not totally to blame for Jesus's death
Excerpts of Benedict XVI’s new book, ‘Jesus of Nazareth’, show the Pope arguing that Jews were not solely responsible.
# Baby Names
Saints alive! The unusual Christian names we should use more often
Top 10 suggestions for the Catholic who wants to observe Pope Benedict’s call to give Christian names to children but wants something other than John or Concepta…
# sainthood?
John Paul II is one step from sainthood - but holding out for a miracle
Pope Benedict confirms the late pope will be beatified on May 1 but where will they find the extra miracle to make him a saint?
# Egypt
Egypt arrests 17 as church bomb video released
New video footage shows the moment a church in Alexandria was hit by a bomb, suspected to be the work of Al-Qaeda.
# Ooo-er
Holy show! Acrobats perform topless for Pope Benedict
But the Vatican has not changed its stance on homosexuality.
# Church Abuse
Ratzinger 'failed to deal with suspected paedophile' - reports
A German magazine says new documents show that Pope Benedict allowed a suspected paedophile to work with children.
# Catholic Church
The pope softens his stance on condoms
The change is message from the Catholic church could influence millions of people across the world.
# Clerical Abuse
Church abuse victims march on the Vatican
The international protest by victims of clerical sexual abuse ends with a candlelit march toward St Peter’s Square.
# CountMeOut.ie
Church defection website suspends service over legal vagueness
CountMeOut.ie puts itself on hold because of “lack of clarity” over whether the church now acknowledges defections.
Voices
Apostolic visitation is self-serving, window-dressing nonsense
Abuse survivor and children’s rights campaigner Andrew Madden says to engage with the process would be to give it credibility.
# Pope
Sixth man arrested in Pope threat
# Pope
Pope warns kids against celebrity culture
Down with that sort of thing, says Benedict XVI.
# Pope
Five arrested over plot to harm Pope Benedict
Police say papal visit remains secure and unchanged despite arrests.
# Pope
Pope speaks of "sadness" over child abuse revelations en route to UK
Pontiff met Queen today before Edinburgh crowds.
# Pope In The UK
Britain "ignorant about religion" as Pope tickets remain unsold
Brits knows more about Paul Newman than John Henry Newman, says an Opus Dei spokesman, as Ian Paisley plans a protest.
Voices
The Case of the Pope: Vatican Accountability for Human Rights Abuses
Terry Eagleton welcomes Geoffrey Robertson QC’s “coolly devastating” inquiry into the church sex abuse scandal.
# Pope Benedict XVI
Pope chooses rap song as UK visit soundtrack
Bet you thought you’d never see the Pope in the Daily Edge.
# Pope In The UK
Vatican tells UK: Don't bring guitars, candles or cutlery
Pilgrims hoping to see the Pope on his British visit are issued a list of do’s and don’ts.
# Pope In The UK
UK will change the law to stop Pope being arrested
Government “seriously concerned” over Richard Dawkins’ plans to arrest Pope Benedict.