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
Pope Francis has appointed Catholic leaders from some the world’s smallest and poorest nations to the College of Cardinals. Former Pope Benedict XVI also joined the ceremony in a rare public outing.
The Vatican has confirmed reports that former Pope Benedict XVI defrocked nearly 400 priests for child sex abuse in the last two years of his pontificate - a dramatic increase over previous years.
Pope Francis has announced his first appointees as cardinals since taking office last year. Most of the new cardinals will be eligible to elect his successor.
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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