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‘Spying’ on the pope: Vatican leaks reveal dirty dealings

The latest scandal to hit the Vatican has unearthed claims of theft, debauchery and betrayal within the Catholic Church.

Pope Benedict says goodbye in front of 150 000 strong audience

Pope Benedict XVI bid an emotional farewell in front of his last general audience, saying he understood the gravity of his decision.

British cardinal steps down amid rumours of improper behaviour

Pope Benedict has accepted the resignation of Britain's most senior Roman Catholic cleric, who has been accused of inappropriate behavior.

The pope advises his followers to use Twitter

Pope Benedict has urged Catholics to use social networks like Twitter and Facebook to win converts, as he launched his own smartphone app.

Pope pardons butler as ‘paternal gesture’, expels him from Vatican

The pope has pardoned his former butler, who was sentenced to 18 months in jail for leaking secret papal memos, but banished him from the Vatican.

Pope’s third book on Jesus reaffirms virgin birth

Pope Benedict published the last part of his trilogy on the life of Jesus which reaffirms the the virgin birth as an "unequivocal" truth of faith.

Pope scrambling to ‘restore trust’ in the church following Vatican leaks

The Pope has called for a series of meetings to "restore trust" in the church after documents exposing corruption in the Catholic Church were leaked.

Pope’s visit to Mexico not welcome by all

Pope Benedict arrived in Mexico this weekend promising to "unmask the evil" of drug trafficking in a country ravaged by gang violence.

Emerging world embraces the rigid faith spurned by secular Europe

The Vatican's view of issues such as abortion, homosexuality and female priests looks increasingly at odds with modern secular realities.

Is he a hard hat or a prophet?

He's a man of temperate habits with a love of cats and classical music. Yet his image is that of God's rottweiler. John Hooper profiles the pope.

Pope’s move unpopular

The scale of criticism is unprecedented in the four years of Benedict's pontificate.

Fur flies over pope

Pope Benedict's fondness for fur trim on his hats and capes has come under fire from an Italian animal rights group.

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