Pope Benedict surprised the world on Monday by announcing he will resign at the end of the month. The pontiff said he was too infirm to carry on.
Joseph Ratzinger was "an attractive man" who and struggled with the decision to become celibate, says Peter Seewald. Seewald's compilation of interviews with the former pontiff is due to be released later this week.
Two Swedish doctors have been fired over their role in hiring a controversial transplant surgeon. Paolo Macchiarini, famous for using stem cells in windpipe transplants, is under investigation for falsifying results.
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 opened the "Holy Door" in the walls of St Peter's Basilica in the Vatican, launching an extraordinary Catholic jubilee year. The theme of the Holy Year will be mercy.
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