Pope Benedict, 85, says he’s in last stretch of life but God helps him go on

April 16, 2012

(Children dressed in traditional Bavarian costumes dance for Pope Benedict XVI during the Pontiff's 85th birthday celebrations in the Clementine Hall at the Vatican April 16, 2012. REUTERS/Gregorio Borgia/Pool)

Pope Benedict marks milestones this week amid signs of frailty and succession talk

April 16, 2012

(Pope Benedict XVI leaves at the end of the Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican April 15, 2012. REUTERS/Tony Gentile )

Pope Benedict reaffirms ban on women priests, assails Austrian “call to disobedience”

April 6, 2012

(Pope Benedict XVI looks on as he leads the Chrismal mass in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican April 5, 2012. REUTERS/Max Rossi )

Pope Benedict slams U.S. embargo on Cuba, meets Fidel Castro

March 29, 2012

(Pope Benedict XVI meets former Cuban leader Fidel Castro in Havana March 28, 2012. REUTERS/Alex Castro )

What does a pope do? Fidel Castro asks Pope Benedict

March 29, 2012

(Pope Benedict XVI meets former Cuban leader Fidel Castro in Havana March 28, 2012. REUTERS/Osservatore Romano)

Cuba quashes hopes for reform as Pope Benedict meets Raul Castro

March 28, 2012

(Pope Benedict XVI is welcomed by Cuban President Raul Castro (R) at Revolution Palace in Havana March 27, 2012. REUTERS/Tony Gentile )

Pope Benedict visits Latin America in the shadow of Pope John Paul

March 23, 2012

(A car drives past a poster of Pope Benedict XVI, which reads "welcome to Cuba" in Havana March 21, 2012. Pope Benedict will visit Cuba on March 26-28. REUTERS/Enrique de la Osa )

Irish Catholic Church leaders were negligent about abuse, Vatican report says

March 20, 2012

(Celtic cross at Ballinskelligs Priory, 18 March 2008/Ulrich Hartmann)

A Vatican report on the sexual abuse of Irish children by Catholic clergy accused Ireland’s religious leaders of negligence and called for more reforms there to avoid a similarly “shameful” scandal in the future.

Ahead of pope’s trip, the Vatican says U.S. Cuba embargo is useless

March 16, 2012

(People wait as children are baptized near a poster of Pope Benedict in a catholic church in the village of Marti in the province of Matanzas in central Cuba, around 160 km (99 miles) east of Havana March 10, 2012. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan)

Vatican issues one-month ultimatum to traditionalist Catholic group SSPX

March 16, 2012

(Bishop Bernard Fellay meets the faithful after an ordination ceremony in Econe, southwest Switzerland, June 29, 2009. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse)