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
Cardinal Donald Wuerl has stepped down from his post as the archbishop of Washington DC. The embattled cardinal faced growing calls to resign after he was accused of covering up sexual abuse in the US Catholic Church.
US prelate Theodore McCarrick has already been suspended from public ministry duties following child abuse allegations. The cardinal denies that he fondled a 16-year-old teenager nearly 50 years ago.
The scope of sex abuse within Germany's Catholic Church has been laid out for all to see following a four-year investigation. Head bishop Cardinal Reinhard Marx admitted that the church has lost public trust.
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.
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