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.
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.
Five years ago, Benedict XVI resigned as head of the Catholic Church. By doing so, he launched a new era for the Vatican. And he taught us how to face old age with dignity, DW's Christoph Strack writes.
The Vatican has renewed its clergy sexual abuse panel amid criticism over how Pope Francis is handling a scandal in Chile. A key Chilean victim has talked to a Vatican investigator in an hours-long meeting in New York.
He was regarded as aloof and conservative - as a "transitional pope." Indeed, his eight-year papacy, which ended with his resignation, was relatively short. Here are little known sides of the German pope.
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