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Feb 9, 2014
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A year after resignation, ex-Pope Benedict has no regrets – Gänswein

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(Pope Francis (L) embraces Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI as he arrives at the Castel Gandolfo summer residence March 23, 2013. REUTERS/Osservatore Romano )

A year after his shock resignation, Pope Emeritus Benedict has no regrets and believes history will vindicate his tumultuous and much-criticised papacy, the man closest to him told Reuters in a rare interview.

Feb 9, 2014
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Reuters Q&A with Archbishop Georg Gänswein in English and Italian

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(Pope Benedict XVI and his personal secretary Georg Gänswein at the Vatican February 16, 2013. REUTERS/Alessandra Tarantino/Pool )

Following is the Q&A text of our interview with Archbishop Georg Gänswein. The original Italian text is attached below the English. For the accompanying news story, click here.

Feb 9, 2014

A year after resignation, ex-Pope Benedict has no regrets

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – A year after his shock resignation, Pope Emeritus Benedict has no regrets and believes history will vindicate his tumultuous and much-criticized papacy, the man closest to him told Reuters in a rare interview.

Archbishop Georg Ganswein, who now works for the former pope as well as being the head of Pope Francis’s household, shed new light on how Benedict spends his days, his health, his feelings about his momentous decision and the relationship between the two popes.

Feb 6, 2014
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Disgraced Catholic order denounces founder Maciel, apologises to victims

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(Pope John Paul II blesses Father Marcial Maciel during a special audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican on November 30, 2004. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

A disgraced Catholic religious order whose late founder lived a double life as a paedophile, womanizer and drug addict officially denounced him on Thursday and apologized to his “many victims”.

Feb 6, 2014
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The real-life Philomena meets Pope Francis and says all is forgiven

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(Philomena Lee poses following a news conference in downtown Rome, February 6, 2014. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi)

Philomena Lee, whose long search for the son she was forced to give up as an unwed teenager in Catholic Ireland inspired the Oscar-nominated film bearing her name, says that after meeting Pope Francis she feels forgiven and has forgiven.

Feb 6, 2014

The real-life Philomena meets pope, says all is forgiven

ROME (Reuters) – Philomena Lee, whose long search for the son she was forced to give up as an unwed teenager in Catholic Ireland inspired the Oscar-nominated film bearing her name, says that after meeting Pope Francis she feels forgiven and has forgiven.

“He really made me feel so good inside because I carried the guilt inside me for 50 years, without telling anybody,” Lee, 80, said on Thursday, a day after a brief meeting with the pope.

Feb 6, 2014

Disgraced Catholic order denounces founder, apologizes to victims

ROME (Reuters) – A disgraced Catholic religious order whose late founder lived a double life as a paedophile, womanizer and drug addict officially denounced him on Thursday and apologized to his “many victims”.

The Legionaries of Christ, which former members said was run like a cult rooted in secrecy, accused Father Marcial Maciel of “reprehensible and objectively immoral behavior” as head of the order from 1941 until former Pope Benedict removed him in 2006.

Feb 5, 2014

Scathing U.N. report demands Vatican act against child sex abuse

GENEVA/VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The United Nations demanded that the Vatican “immediately remove” all clergy who are known or suspected child abusers and turn them over to civil authorities, in an unprecedented and scathing report on Wednesday.

Church officials had imposed a “code of silence” on clerics, to prevent them reporting attacks to police, and moved abusers from parish to parish “in an attempt to cover-up such crimes,” the U.N.’s Child Rights watchdog said.

Feb 4, 2014

Reach out and touch the poor, Pope says in Lent message

ROME (Reuters) – Pope Francis called for a fair distribution of wealth and equal access to education and health care on Tuesday in a Lenten message where he urged people to reach out and touch “the poverty of our brothers”.

In his message for the period between Ash Wednesday and Easter, he also said Christians should help those suffering from moral poverty, such as the “thrall” of alcohol, drugs, gambling and pornography.

Jan 31, 2014
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You’ve got mail, Pope Francis. Lots of it…

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(Pope Francis receives a postcard with a photograph of himself as a gift at the end of his Wednesday general audience in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican May 8, 2013. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini)

He’s nowhere near Santa Claus yet, but Pope Francis gets so much mail that the tiny office that deals with it is swamped and working overtime.