Vatican plans big send off for Pope Benedict, consultations on succession begin

February 12, 2013

(St Peter’s Basilica is pictured at the Vatican February 12, 2013. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi )

Vatican official thanks media for uncovering sexual abuse in the Catholic Church

February 6, 2013

(Father Robert Oliver, the Vatican’s new Promoter of Justice, attends a news conference at the Pontificial Gregorian University in Rome February 5, 2013.
REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi )

After abuse scandal, Pope Benedict appoints new head of the Irish Catholic Church

January 18, 2013

(Cardinal Sean Brady speaks to members of the media outside Armagh cathedral in northern Ireland May 2, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer)

Pope’s secretary “Gorgeous George” on cover of Italian Vanity Fair

January 15, 2013

(Bishop Georg Gänswein gestures before Pope Benedict XVI meets Prince Albert of Monaco and his wife Princess Charlene in a private audience at the Vatican January 12, 2013. REUTERS/Vincenzo Pinto)

The S-word “spread” goes from financial pages to papal speeches

January 8, 2013

(A Swiss Guard stands as he waits for the arrival of Pope Benedict XVI before a meeting with the diplomatic corps at the Vatican January 9, 2012. REUTERS/Pier Paolo Cito)

Pope says Catholic Church must stand firm against “intolerant agnosticism”

January 6, 2013

(Italian outgoing Prime Minister Mario Monti looks on as Pope Benedict XVI arrives to lead the Epiphany mass in Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican January 6, 2013. REUTERS/Max Rossi)

Pope Benedict signals inter-faith alliance against legalising gay marriage

December 21, 2012

(Pope Benedict XVI attends Christmas greetings with the Roman curia at the Clementine hall at the Vatican December 21, 2012. REUTERS/Alessandra Tarantino)

Vatican crows that Pope Benedict beats Justin Bieber on re-tweets

December 20, 2012

(Pope Benedict XVI’s twitter account is pictured with his first tweet on an iPad tablet in this photo illustration taken in Milan December 12, 2012. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini)

Pope gets over half million Twitter followers a day after joining as @Pontifex

December 5, 2012

(Pope Benedict XVI’s twitter account is pictured on a smart phone in front of the Twitter logo displayed on a laptop in this photo illustration taken in Rome December 3, 2012. Benedict’s new handle on Twitter will be @pontifex, beating out other contenders that had been considered to showcase the thoughts of one of the world’s most visible leaders. The Vatican said on Monday that the pope will start tweeting on December 12. REUTERS/Max Rossi )

Read all about it: Pope Benedict is not the Grinch that stole Christmas!

November 28, 2012

(Pope Benedict XVI, wearing the white fur-trimmed red bonnet reserved to Popes and called camauro, arrives to celebrate his general audience in St. Peter’s square at the Vatican December 21, 2005.REUTERS/Alessia Pierdomenico)