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
At an event attended by former Pope Benedict and stars such as Andrea Bocelli, Pope Francis criticized the treatment of the elderly. He called upon societies to value pensioners and not simply "discard" them.
Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki has taken over the Cologne archdiocese, one of the richest in the world. He is determined to spread Pope Francis' message of charity and the importance of sharing.
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.
The first pope to resign in 600 years, Benedict XVI has told Catholics he will live out his life "simply a pilgrim." He left the Vatican and flew to the papal summer residence of Castel Gandolfo to remove his ring.
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