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Pope Benedict XVI

Vatican media chief resigns over doctored letter scandal

A letter by retired Pope Benedict is seen in this photo released on March 13, 2018 that the Vatican admitted was doctored, by blurring its final two lines, where retired Pope Benedict begins to acknowledge that he didn’t read an 11-volume set of books about Pope Francis’ theology, seen at …

‘Modest’ 90th birthday party for retired pope Benedict XVI

His personal secretary and long-time aide, Monsignor Georg Gaenswein, told an Italian Catholic news agency Saturday that Benedict’s birthday, which falls on Easter Sunday this year, will be celebrated on Monday in Bavarian style, in keeping with the emeritus pontiff’s roots. “There will be a small moment of celebration in …

Vatican confirms papal trip to Egypt under study

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican is confirming a papal trip to Egypt is under consideration but that no dates or itinerary have been finalized. The statement Saturday by spokesman Greg Burke came after Italy’s state-run RAI reported Francis would visit Cairo’s Al-Azhar, the leading center of learning of Sunni …

Top China leader says Catholics must act ‘independently’

BEIJING (AP) — One of China’s top leaders told Chinese Catholics that they need to operate “independently” of outside forces and promote socialism and patriotism through religion. Yu Zhengsheng’s Thursday speech came at the end of a meeting of China’s official Catholic church that was being closely watched by the …

Pope says mind of predecessor Benedict is still ‘perfect’

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Pope Francis has said his predecessor as pontiff is having trouble getting around, but remains sharp of mind and memory, according to an interview published Sunday. “His mind and his memory are intact, perfect,” Francis said of Benedict XVI in the remarks published by La …