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.
The Pope has accepted the resignation of German Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst, who came under fire because of the high cost of building a new residence.
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 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?
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