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
The Pope has said he will elevate 14 Roman Catholic churchmen to the position of cardinal. He made the surprise announcement in front of pilgrims and tourists in St. Peter’s Square.
In an unprecedented move, all 34 bishops from Chile offered their resignations to Pope Francis over a cover-up of sexual abuse of children. Previously, the pope summoned the bishops' conference to Vatican.
Visitors have been taking a look around the summer residence of Pope Francis, after the pontiff decided Castel Gandolfo was too grand for him. The property, east of Rome, is larger than Vatican City.
Cardinal Lehmann, who held the highest representative post of the Catholic Church in Germany for 21 years, has died. He has been described as a "bridge-builder" between the religions.
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