Cardinal’s departure darkens mood as pope allows early conclave

February 25, 2013

(A senior cleric resigned under duress on Monday and Pope Benedict took the rare step of changing Vatican law to allow his successor to be elected early, adding to a sense of crisis within the Roman Catholic Church.)

Vatican accuses Italian media of “false and damaging” reports ahead of conclave

February 23, 2013

(Tourists and pilgrims line up in the rain in Saint Peter’s Square to visit Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican February 23, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard)

Special Report: The loneliness of the short distance pope

February 22, 2013

(Pope Benedict XVI waves as he arrives to lead the Wednesday general audience in Saint Peter’s square, at the Vatican October 24, 2012. REUTERS/Giampiero Sposito)

Pope Benedict may change conclave rules before leaving on Feb 28: Vatican

February 21, 2013

(The Vatican emblem is seen inside  Vatican Citye February 20, 2013. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi )

Conclave electing the new pope could start before March 15: Vatican

February 16, 2013

(Archbishop Piero Marini closes the doors to the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel as cardinals begin the last conclave on April 18, 2005, which elected Pope Benedict. REUTERS/Osservatore Romano)

Ex-Pope Benedict will have security and immunity by remaining in the Vatican

February 15, 2013

(The Vatican’s defensive walls, 19 Dec 2005/Vincent de Groot)

Pope Benedict’s decision to live in the Vatican after he resigns will provide him with security and privacy. It will also offer legal protection from any attempt to prosecute him in connection with sexual abuse cases around the world, Church sources and legal experts say.

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)