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Pope Benedict XVI greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013. Pope Benedict XVI greeted the Catholic masses in St. Peter's Square Wednesday for the last time before retiring, making several rounds of the square as crowds cheered wildly and stopping to kiss a half-dozen children brought up to him by his secretary. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
Pope recalls 'joy' of papacy, and difficulties
February 27, 2013 - 6:57am
February 26, 2013
Pope to be called 'emeritus pope,' will wear white
February 26, 2013 - 7:02am
February 25, 2013
Pope changes conclave rules, allows earlier start
February 25, 2013 - 7:31am
February 14, 2013
In this file photo taken on March 25, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI waves from the popemobile wearing a Mexican sombrero as he arrives to give a Mass in Bicentennial Park near Silao, Mexico. Turin's La Stampa newspaper reported Thursday that Benedict hit his head and bled when he got up in the middle of the night in an unfamiliar bedroom in Leon, Mexico. The report said blood stained his hair, pillow and floor. (AP Photo/Osservatore Romano)
Litany of secrets after papal retirement bombshell
February 14, 2013 - 3:39pm
February 12, 2013
A view Tuesday of the Mater Ecclesiae Monastery inside the Vatican State where Pope Benedict XVI is expected to live after he resigns. For months, construction crews have been renovating a four-story building attached to a monastery on the northern edge of the Vatican gardens where nuns would live for a few years at a time in cloister. Only a handful of Vatican officials knew it would one day be Pope Benedict XVI's retirement home. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
Retiring Pope Benedict XVI in uncharted territory
February 12, 2013 - 10:32am
February 11, 2013
Vatican: Pope too weary at his age for the job
February 11, 2013 - 1:11pm
Pope's mission to revive faith clouded by scandal
February 11, 2013 - 10:09am
Text of pope's announcement he will resign Feb. 28
February 11, 2013 - 6:30am
This April 19, 2005, file photo shows Pope Benedict XVI greeting the crowd from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica moments after being elected, at the Vatican. On Monday, Feb. 11, 2013 Benedict XVI announced he would resign Feb. 28, the first pontiff to do so in nearly 600 years. The decision sets the stage for a conclave to elect a new pope before the end of March. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis/FILE)
Pope resigning on Feb. 28, conclave in March
February 11, 2013 - 5:53am
December 12, 2012
Pope Benedict XVI pushes a button on a tablet at the Vatican, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, brought to him at the end of his general audience. It read: "Dear friends, I am pleased to get in touch with you through Twitter. Thank you for your generous response. I bless all of you from my heart.". (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Pope hits 1M mark as he tweets: 'Dear Friends... '
December 12, 2012 - 6:58am
December 25, 2010
Pope Benedict XVI blesses the faithful during the "Urbi et Orbi" (to the City and to the World) message in St. Peter's square at the Vatican, Saturday, Dec. 25, 2010. Pope Benedict XVI in his Christmas Day message Saturday urged Catholics loyal to him in China to courageously face limits on religious freedom and conscience. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Pope urges courage for Catholics in China, Iraq
December 25, 2010 - 3:13pm
July 15, 2010
Vatican issues new sex abuse guidelines after crisis
July 15, 2010 - 2:58pm
March 26, 2010
John Pilmaier from Milwaukee, left, and Peter Isely of the SNAP bureau (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) show pictures of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger now Pope Benedict XVI, left, and of father Lawrence Murphy, as they stage a press conference in front of The Vatican Thursday, March 25, 2010. SNAP members denounce Benedict's handling of the case that involved father Murphy, who died in 1998, accused of molesting some 200 deaf boys as he worked at the former St. John's School for the Deaf in St....
Vatican defends actions in Wis. abusive priest case
March 26, 2010 - 9:48am
February 4, 2009
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Vatican demands Holocaust-denying bishops recant from positions
February 4, 2009 - 4:00am