Pope Benedict has bid farewell to worshippers at his final general audience. Tens of thousands gathered at the Vatican. The Pope told them he'd resigned for the good of the church.
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.
A Paraguayan bishop accused of protecting a suspected pedophile priest has been dismissed by Pope Francis. Earlier this week, the Vatican charged a Polish prelate for allegedly abusing minors while posted abroad.
Rainer Maria Woelki is moving back to his native Cologne to serve as archbishop of Germany's largest Catholic diocese. Despite close ties to his conservative predecessor, Woelki surprised Berlin with his modern outlook.
Pope Benedict XVI is due to end his eight-year pontificate shortly and has left the Vatican. A day earlier he imparted his final blessing as he held his last general audience at the Vatican.
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