Benedict XIV's announcement he'll be stepping down this month as pope came as a shock to people in his home country, Germany. The German government quickly expressed its respect for the resigning pontiff's work.
Pope Francis is a man of words, yet often he simply says what comes to his mind. He recently spoke of an "Arab invasion" in Europe. The pope has just used another rather unfitting term, writes DW's Christoph Strack.
From enemy to friend: an upcoming papal visit is bringing about a "political spring" for the Catholic Church in Cuba. Yet, the church has to be prepared for change, too, not just the Cuban government.
The Vatican has categorically denied a report in an Italian newspaper that Pope Francis might have a small, yet curable brain tumor. But the newspaper insists that its account is true.
Pope Francis has established a new tribunal with powers to judge bishops accused of covering up sexual abuse of minors. The move follows years of criticism that the church has failed to punish the guilty.
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