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Stories with person: Pope Benedict XVI
  • Religion builds bridges in ethnically split Cyprus 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 6:40 am
  • FAMAGUSTA, Cyprus - An unexpected moment during the Good Friday service in a long-abandoned church in Cyprus' breakaway north illustrated how religion is helping to bring together Christian Greek Cypriots and Muslim Turkish Cypriots on this ethnically divided island.

  • UN to grill Vatican again on clergy sex abuse 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 2:16 pm
  • NEW YORK - A second U.N. committee plans to question Vatican officials on failures to stop clergy sex abuse.

  • Pope assumes responsibility for priest sex abuse 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 2:20 pm
  • VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis said Friday he took personal responsibility for the "evil" of priests who raped and molested children, asking forgiveness from victims and saying the church must be even bolder in its efforts to protect the young. It was the first time a pope has taken personal responsibility for the sex crimes of his priests and begged forgiveness.

  • Pope presses anti-AIDS chastity strategy in Africa 
    Updated: Apr-07-14 11:40 am
  • VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis has praised church workers in Africa who promote chastity as a key way to prevent the spread of HIV.

  • No-frills canonization for Popes JPII, John XXIII 
    Updated: Mar-31-14 9:22 am
  • VATICAN CITY - The low-frills style of Pope Francis is having an effect on the upcoming canonizations of Popes John Paul II and John XXIII.

  • Obama, Francis find common ground - and divisions 
    Updated: Mar-27-14 6:36 pm
  • VATICAN CITY - Face to face for the first time, President Barack Obama and Pope Francis focused publicly on their mutual respect and shared concern for the poor on Thursday. But their lengthy private discussion also highlighted the deep differences between the White House and the Catholic Church on abortion and birth control.

  • WHITE HOUSE NOTEBOOK: Obama meets Your Holiness 
    Updated: Mar-27-14 5:16 pm
  • VATICAN CITY - The exchange of gifts is a de rigueur part of every papal audience but Thursday's presentation had an unusually loud element to it. A metal support holding up the top of President Barack Obama's gift - a chest of seeds from the White House garden - twice crashed onto the marble floor of the pope's library as reporters and photographers rushed to get into position to record the moment for posterity.

  • Church official: Pope's trip to Israel in doubt 
    Updated: Mar-27-14 12:23 pm
  • JERUSALEM - A top Roman Catholic official in the Holy Land said Thursday that a trip to Israel by Pope Francis in late May is now in doubt because of a strike by Israeli diplomats, even as the Vatican said travel preparations were going ahead.

  • President says Pope Francis to visit Nigeria 
    Updated: Mar-22-14 1:43 pm
  • ABUJA, Nigeria - Nigeria's president says Pope Francis is promising to visit Africa's most populous nation.