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Recent Summary.     Click for More > Pope Benedict speaks in final papal audience. Vatican Pope Benedict to resign at end of month    Vatican: The spiritual leader of 1.2 billion Catholics surprised the world Monday by saying he will resign at the end of the month 'because of advanced... Mexico crowds cheer Pope Benedict Pope calls for peace around world. Vatican Pope prays for peace at Rome Mass. Vatican Condoms OK in some cases - Pope. Vatican Thousands attend Mass in Glasgow. Scotland Pope hit by new child abuse allegations. Vatican Pope accused of failing to act on abuse   Vatican: Benedict XVI has been accused of failing to act on complaints from two archbishops in the US about a priest who allegedly abused 200 deaf bo... Pope says 'sorry' for Irish church abuse. Vatican Pope falls in incident at midnight Mass. Vatican Pope addresses Holocaust on Israel visit. Tel Aviv Pope begins Mid-East pilgrimage. Jordan Pope visits Africa, reaffirms condom ban   Cameroon: Benedict XVI refused to soften the Vatican's ban on condom use as he arrived in Africa for his first visit to the continent as pope Warm US welcome for Pope Benedict. Washington Pope visits mosque. Istanbul Muslims blast pope's Islam speech. Arab Countries Rapturous German welcome for Pope. Ruhr Benedict XVI installed as pope. Vatican Ratzinger elected as new Pope   Vatican: 78-year-old German cardinal Joseph Ratzinger is taking the name Pope Benedict XVI
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  Ex-Pope defrocked nearly 400 priests    Vatican: Close to 400 priests were defrocked in only two years by the former Pope Benedict XVI over claims of child abuse, the Vatican has confirmed Pope Francis meets his predecessor. Rome   Benedict XVI steps down from papacy    Vatican: Pope Benedict XVI has officially resigned, saying that he now 'will simply be a pilgrim' starting his last journey on earth   Benedict XVI quits Vatican City for last time as pope
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Sep.24  Benedict denies abuse cover-up
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Mar.22  Pope Francis to visit Benedict XVI
Feb.28
  Amid pomp and ceremony, Benedict XVI left Vatican City for the last time as pope, ahead of his historic resignation as leader of the world's Catholics
 The 85-year-old pontiff is being flown by helicopter to the papal retreat at Castel Gandolfo, near Rome
Feb.27   Pope Benedict speaks in final papal audience    Vatican: Benedict XVI spoke of moments of struggle as well as joy Wednesday during his final public address from a stage set up in St. Peter's Square Feb.26 Pope to hold final Vatican audience  Benedict XVI to be called 'emeritus' Feb.25  Pope amends Roman Catholic conclave law Feb.24  Pope delivers final public blessing Feb.20  Pope may change rules for quicker replacement Feb.17  Tens of thousands hear Pope prayer Feb.13  Pope Benedict holds last public Mass Feb.12  Pope has pacemaker, Vatican says Feb.11  Benedict 'to stand back' on new pope Pope Benedict to resign at end of month
   Vatican: The spiritual leader of 1.2 billion Catholics surprised the world Monday by saying he will resign at the end of the month 'because of advanced age'.    The news startled and shocked the Catholic world and l...


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Dec.25  Pope in Christmas plea on Syria Dec.22  Pope Benedict pardons ex-butler Oct.21  Pope names new saints including Native American Sep.16  Pope peace call at Beirut mass Apr.8 Pope calls for end to Syria bloodshed. Vatican Mar.26  Pope arrives in Cuba on key visit Mar.23 Mexico crowds cheer Pope Benedict   Thousands of supporters greet Pope Benedict XVI on his first visit to Mexico, as he denounces the 'evil' of drug-related violence in the cou...

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Dec.25  Pope prays for Syria and Myanmar Dec.24 Pope berates Christmas 'glitter'
. Vatican Apr.24 Pope calls for peace around world   Vatican: Benedict XVI called for peace amid ongoing conflicts in Africa and the Middle East and mentioned Japan during annual Easter message

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Dec.25 Pope calls for end to conflicts
. Vatican Dec.24 Pope prays for peace at Rome Mass    Vatican: Pope Benedict has prayed for peace as he delivered his traditional Christmas Eve homily in Rome Nov.20 Condoms OK in some cases - Pope   Vatican: Benedict XVI has said the use of condoms is acceptable 'in certain cases', according to a new book Nov.7 Pope consecrates Gaudi's Sagrada Familia. Barcelona Sep.16  Papal state visit moves to London Thousands attend Mass in Glasgow   Scotland: Pope Benedict XVI has celebrated an open-air Mass in Glasgow, attended by tens of thousands of people, on the first day of his visit to Brit... Pope: Abuse cases a 'shock'. Scotland Jun.27 Pope deplores Belgian 'sex abuse' raids. Vatican Apr.22 US man names Pope in abuse lawsuit. Wisconsin Apr.17  Abuse raised as Pope visits Malta Apr.9  Vatican defends Pope in letter row Pope hit by new child abuse allegations   Vatican: Benedict XVI is facing allegations he was responsible for delaying Church action against a paedophile priest Mar.25 Pope accused of failing to act on abuse
   Vatican: Benedict XVI has been accused of failing to act on complaints from two archbishops in the US about a priest who allegedly abused 200 deaf boys.    An archbishop wrote letters in 1996 to the Vatican watchdog led by Cardinal Ratzinger calling for disciplinary proceedings against Fr Lawrence M...
Mar.24 Pope accepts resignation of Irish bishop. Ireland Mar.20 Pope says 'sorry' for Irish church abuse
   Vatican: Benedict XVI said he is 'truly sorry' for the abuse suffered by victims at the hands of Catholic priests in Ireland Mar.13  Vatican defends Pope in German scandal Jan.17  Pope: Vatican helped Jews at Holocaust

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Dec.25 Pope delivers Christmas message
. Vatican Dec.24 Pope falls in incident at midnight Mass    Vatican: A commotion at the start of Christmas Eve Mass at St. Peter's Basilica briefly disrupted ceremonies and caused the pope to fall Dec.19  Pope to expedite sainthood for John Paul II Dec.11  Pope 'disturbed' by Irish clergy abuse Nov.21 Archbishop of Canterbury, Pope agree. Vatican May.12 Pope visits holy sites. Jerusalem May.11 Pope addresses Holocaust on Israel visit  Tel Aviv: Benedict XVI started his visit by acknowledging the millions killed in the Holocaust and endorsing a two-state solution to the Palestinian c... May.8 Pope begins Mid-East pilgrimage   Jordan: Benedict XVI stressed his 'deep respect' for Islam as he arrived in Jordan to begin a Middle East visit Apr.28 Pope visits quake zone. Italy Mar.22 Pope Mass draws big crowds. Angola Mar.17 Pope visits Africa, reaffirms condom ban
   Cameroon: Benedict XVI refused to soften the Vatican's ban on condom use as he arrived in Africa for his first visit to the continent as pope
Feb.8  Merkel phones pope over Williamson

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Dec.24 Pope calls for Mideast peace at Mass. Vatican Dec.23  Gay groups angry at Pope remarks Jul.18 Pope sorry for 'evil' of clergy sex abuse. Sydney May.10  Pope: Sex can become 'like a drug' Apr.20  Stadium Mass ends Pope's US visit Pope offers prayer at Ground Zero. Manhattan Apr.18  Pope promotes friendship at synagogue Pope Benedict makes speech to UN. UN Gen. Assembly Apr.16 Pope attacks US sex abuse record. Washington  Pope in landmark White House trip Apr.15   Warm US welcome for Pope Benedict  Washington: Pope received an unprecedented presidential greeting from Bush as he arrived for his first official visit to the US Mar.22  Pope baptises Muslim at Easter vigil

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May.13  Pope condemns LatAm 'autocrats' May.11  Pope canonizes native-born saint in Brazil May.10  Pope urges youths to resist snares of evi' May.9 Pope lays down law on abortion
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Dec.25  Pope: Worship God not technology Dec.24  Pope appeals for world's children Nov.30 Pope visits mosque
  Istanbul: Benedict XVI is visiting the Blue Mosque in what is being seen as an attempt to mend relations with the Muslim community Nov.29 Pope holds Mass at Turkish shrine
. Turkey Nov.28  Pope calls for Christian-Muslim dialogue  Pope begins landmark visit Sep.25 Pope: My respect for Muslims. Italy Sep.16  Security tight for Pope blessing Pope 'sorry' for offence to Islam. Vatican Sep.15  Merkel defends Pope amid protests  Pope 'meant no offence' to Islam Sep.14   Muslims blast pope's Islam speech
  Arab Countries: Muslim leaders have condemned Benedict over comments he made about Islam in Germany and demanded he apologize May.28  Pope meets Auschwitz survivors Apr.16  Benedict leads first Easter Mass as pope Jan.24  First Pope encyclical is on love

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Dec.24 Pope leads his first Christmas service
. Vatican Aug.20  Pope meets German Muslim leaders Aug.19  Pope issues anti-Semitism warning Aug.18 Rapturous German welcome for Pope   Ruhr: Benedict XVI has arrived in his native country for a Catholic youth festival in the city of Cologne May.13  Pope seeks to beatify John Paul May.1 New Pope delivers first blessing. Vatican Apr.24 Benedict XVI installed as pope   Vatican: New Pope was formally installed at a Mass outside St. Peter's Basilica in front of an audience of hundreds of thousands Apr.20 Benedict XVI sets out goals. Vatican Apr.19  Benedict XVI prepares for first Mass Ratzinger elected as new Pope
   Vatican: 78-year-old German cardinal Joseph Ratzinger is taking the name Pope Benedict XVI
 The College of Cardinals took only 2 days to choose the successor to John Paul II. The crowd clapped as the smoke billowed over Vatican City and waited for the ringing of bells. At 6:43 p.m. Cardinal Jorge Arturo Medina Estevez announced Ratzinger's election in Latin. Bush called Benedict XVI 'a man of great wisdom and knowledge'.