Pope Benedict has promised "unconditional obedience" to his successor. He was speaking during his final hours as pontiff. Benedict greeted cardinals for the last time before officially stepping down at 8pm
The head of the Catholic Church has issued very strong words against the Vatican's bureaucracy. At a Christmas meeting, he said members of the clergy were "amassing material goods, not out of need, but to feel safe."
Pope Francis has named 15 new "cardinal electors" from 14 nations in a move that further shifts the Catholic power center away from the developed world. Only three come from European nations. None come from the US.
Pope Paul VI has been beatified at a Mass in the Vatican. Although remembered widely for reaffirming the Catholic Church's ban on artificial contraception, he also left a legacy of reform.
Francis has traveled to Castel Gandolfo for a meeting with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. The Vatican released few details about the unprecedented event, leading to speculation about what they would discuss.
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