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# Pope Benedict

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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: 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.
Pope's butler to stand trial over Vatileaks scandal
Paolo Gabriele is accused of stealing secret documents and leaking them to the press.
Vatican number two: Many journalists try to imitate Dan Brown
Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone has taken issue with the media’s coverage of the ongoing Vatileaks scandal drawing comparisons with the controversial fiction author Dan Brown.
Pope's butler arrested over Vatican leaks - report
Vatican says man arrested today was caught in possession of secret documents.
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.
Pope Benedict will not attend Eucharistic Congress in Dublin
The news was confirmed as the Pope appointed a Cardinal as his personal Legate to the event in June.
Vatican calls off conference on medical use of stem cells
The Irish Stem Cell Foundation has expressed regret over the decision, saying the Vatican’s willingness to host the conference had been seen as the beginning of “a dialogue” on the issue.
Pope in a Sombrero Pic of the Day
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Archbishop calls for 'renewed' and 'more humble' Catholic church
Archbishop Diarmuid Martin made the call as he welcomed the new Papal Nuncio to Ireland in Dublin today.
The Daily Fix: Saturday
Your evening round-up of the day’s biggest news stories, as well as the bits and pieces you may have missed.
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.
Taoiseach: Bailout funds are not dependent on fiscal compact
Enda Kenny says the EU-IMF bailout supersedes the new European deal, and that Ireland’s access to funding is safe.
Ireland may reopen 'modest' Vatican embassy in future, says Gilmore
Eamon Gilmore says it’s possible that a recovery in the public finances may allow Ireland to reopen its Holy See embassy.
Ireland seeking election to UN Human Rights Council, says Taoiseach
Taoiseach Enda Kenny made the announcement on the 45th World Day of Peace as he welcomed Pope Benedict XVI’s messsage marking the event.
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.
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.
Doomsday is when, again? The world will end in 2012, 2023, 2026…
…Take your pick of apocalyptic deadlines as prophesied and theorised by various groups, clerics and writers.
Vatican rejects Taoiseach's criticism over Cloyne sex abuse report
The Vatican has issued its response to the Cloyne report saying it is “sorry and ashamed” for the suffering of victims and their families.
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”.
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.
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?
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.”
Watch: Pope Benedict sends his first tweet from an iPad
The Pope got to grips with tweeting in the Vatican yesterday.
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.
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.
The Daily Fix: Friday
Deadly protests in Syria; arrests in Northern Ireland; riots in Bristol; the Pope in space (not really); and men being nailed to a cross (really). It’s all the Daily Fix…
"PB phone home"....Pope Benedict to give the International Space Station a call
A satellite phone hook up with the ISS is planned for 4 May.
Vatican embarrassed over error-filled book suggesting it supports contraception and euthanasia
Translation and interpretation issues plague Vatican-sanctioned catechism book.
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.
Pope's donor card 'invalid' because the Vatican owns his body
Despite carrying an organ donor card, Benedict will not be able to donate his organs after his death because they are the property of “the entire church”.
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…