Many Germans hoped a German pope would bring an end to the schism between catholics and protestants that began here, centuries ago. But those hopes were dashed.
Pope Francis has asked for forgiveness from victims of sexual abuse by Catholic priests. This is the first time he has made such an apology since being elected as pontiff last year.
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.
Jorge Mario Bergoglio has been leading the Catholic Church for a year now. The first Latin American pope remains as much a priest as pontiff, as conservative as he is reformatory. What makes Francis so special?
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.
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