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
Pope Francis is the first to have opened the sumptuous papal summer villa Castel Gandolfo to the public. Visitors can now ride up to the palace by train and bus every Saturday.
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls says Cardinal Philippe Barbarin must "take responsibility" over an alleged pedophilia cover up. He is one of six people implicated in an investigation into a 70-year-old priest.
A Congolese-born priest has quit his parish in Bavaria after enduring anonymous murder threats and racist remarks from two local politicians. The state's Green party has called on premier Horst Seehofer to intervene.
A former high official in the Vatican, Cardinal Bertone is donating 150,000 euros to medical research. His penthouse apartment was reportedly renovated using funds from a Vatican-owned children's hospital.
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