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Pope Benedict's official ring cancelled

Pope Benedict's official ring cancelledVatican City, March 7 - Pope Benedict XVI's gold papal ring, the symbol of his power used to officially seal documents and ensure their authenticity, has been cancelled, Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said.

Known as the Fisherman's Ring, it was due to be destroyed with a special silver hammer after Benedict's resignation Feb 28, symbolising the end of his authority.

Earlier, Claudio Franchi, the goldsmith who crafted the ring said he hoped his work would not be destroyed once the pontiff stepped down.


Parish priest sets ablaze Benedict XVI's photo

Pope-Benedict-XVIRome, March 5 : A parish priest near the Italian port city of Genoa stunned members of his congregation when he held up a photo of emeritus pope Benedict XVI and set it alight during Sunday mass, a media report said.

Andrea Maggi said he did not regret his behaviour, Italian daily Repubblica reported.

He likened Benedict to Francesco Schettino, the Italian captain who abandoned his sinking cruiseliner off the Tuscany coast in January last year, after allegedly causing the shipwreck in which 32 people died.


Pope Benedict spends first night after retirement in front of TV

Pope Benedict spends first night after retirement in front of TV London, Mar 2 : The Vatican authorities have revealed that former Pope Benedict XVI spent his first night in retirement watching TV after dinner and having a stroll around his new house.

Archbishop Georg Ganswein, his private secretary, said that the Pope Emeritus, as he is now known, had also "slept well" after watching TV news bulletins.

He disclosed the details of the 85-year-old ex-pope's new life in a telephone call with Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi, Sky news reports.


Benedict XVI to be known as ‘pope emeritus’ following retirement

Benedict XVI to be known as ‘pope emeritus’ following retirement London, Feb 27 : Vatican officials have said that Pope Benedict XVI will be known as `pope emeritus' and will retain the honorific `His Holiness' after he steps down on Thursday.

He will also continue to be known by his papal title of Benedict XVI, rather than reverting to Joseph Ratzinger.

The Pope will wear his distinctive white cassock without any cape or trimmings.


Pope's resignation shocks Meghalayan Catholics

Pope-Benedict-XVIShillong, Feb 12 : Pope Benedict XVI's announcement to resign due to his frailty has shocked and surprised everyone in the predominantly Christian Meghalaya.

Archbishop of Shillong archdiocese Dominic Jala expressed surprise at the decision but said he respects the Pope's decision, which was matter of conscience before God.

"We all admire his humility and sincerity and pray for him, thanking God for having given him as a shepherd and we pray for light that we may have a successor worthy of this ministry," Jala told IANS Tuesday.


Twitter flooded with papal jokes as Benedict decides to step down

Twitter flooded with papal jokes as Benedict decides to step downLondon, Feb 12 : Users of micro blogging platform Twitter have posted some amusing theories on why Pope Benedict XVI has decided to step down.

According to one Twitter users, `the Pope said he''s resigned because he didn''t have the strength to go on. It''s Monday. We all feel like that'.

Another user joked `it''s nothing more than someone realising that white is not their colour #pope.'


We have no room for others amid our hectic hi-tech lives, says Pope

Pope-Benedict-XVI_London, December 26 : New technology and instant communication is leaving people with no room for the important things in life, the Pope has said.

Benedict XVI, who has recently joined Twitter, likened people in the 21st Century to the innkeepers in Bethlehem who had no space for Mary and Joseph, meaning that Jesus was born in a stable.

In his address at Christmas mass in St Peter's Basilica, the Pope said that we all have become too busy and full of ourselves to make room for others, the Telegraph reported.


'Too busy' Pope snubs Prince Charles: Report

Pope Benedict XVI, Prince CharlesLondon, July 11:  Pope Benedict XVI has turned down the invitation to meet Prince Charles on his first state visit to Britain in September, claiming he is "too busy", a media report said Sunday.

The two men will not get together even though Prince Charles will be in Scotland when the Pontiff starts his three-day trip by calling on the Queen and Prince Philip at Holyrood House in Edinburgh, the Mail Online reported.


UK visit of the Pope could cost 12 million euros to the taxpayers

UK visit of the Pope could cost 12 million euros to the taxpayersThe government has announced that the cost of the Pope’s visit to UK could cost around 12 million euros to the taxpayers.

The cost has risen up to 4 million euros more than that of the estimated figure earlier.

A government official has said that the bill for the trip does not include the policing costs of the government otherwise it will exceed that figure.

The main event to be held has been moved to a smaller venue out of Birmingham from the Coventry airport.


Belgium police raid on church property lambasted by Pope

Belgium police raid on church property lambasted by PopePope Benedict XVI, in a rare rebuke of a sovereign nation, criticized Belgium for a raid on church property by police investigating alleged sex abuse by clerics.

The New York Times reported on Sunday that the pontiff stressed the Catholic Church's "autonomy" to conduct its own investigations while characterizing last week's raid by Belgian police searching for documents as "surprising and deplorable."


Pope names a Boston cardinal to assist Archdiocese of Dublin in Ireland

Pope names a Boston cardinal to assist Archdiocese of Dublin in IrelandThe Vatican also said that Pope Benedict XVI has named a Boston cardinal to assist the Archdiocese of Dublin in Ireland, mired in a sexual abuse crisis.

The Boston Globe reported on Monday that Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley will remain archbishop of Boston but assume new duties as "apostolic visitor" to the Dublin archdiocese.

Ireland's Catholic Church has been under fire following accusations of multiple abuse cases in church-connected institutions in the country.


Pope may cancel visit to Britain after a memo mocked him and criticized the Catholic Church

Pope-Benedict-XVIAccording to a published report, Pope Benedict XVI may cancel a planned visit to Britain after a memo by government workers mocked him and criticized the Catholic Church.

The memo prompted the pope to consider scuttling the trip, scheduled for Sept. 16-19, the Daily Telegraph and The Times of London Online cited Vatican sources saying.

The office has said that the memo, titled "The Ideal Visit," was written by junior Foreign Office workers after a brainstorming session on ways to welcome the pontiff.


German bishop, accused of thrashing orphans wrote to Pope offering to resign

German bishop, accused of thrashing orphans wrote to Pope offering to resignThe diocese said on Thursday that the bishop of Augsburg, Germany, accused of thrashing orphans with a carpet beater, wrote to Pope Benedict XVI offering to resign.

The diocese also said that Walter Mixa, 68, told the pope in his letter that his diocese needed a "new start."

He would also resign as bishop of the German armed forces, he said.


A Catholic priest in Massachusetts call for Pope Benedict XVI to step down

A Catholic priest in Massachusetts call for Pope Benedict XVI to step downAccording to some media reports, a Catholic priest in Massachusetts has used his pulpit to call for Pope Benedict XVI to step down.

The Boston Globe reported on Monday that the Rev. James Scahill of St. Michael's Parish in East Longmeadow said during his sermon Sunday the pontiff has not been truthful about the sex abuse scandal that has rocked the church in the past several years. Scahill called for more protection of children and greater accountability by the church hierarchy.


Archbishop of San Antonio to take over as the archdiocese of Los Angeles

Archbishop of San Antonio to take over as the archdiocese of Los AngelesThe Archbishop of San Antonio was named to take over the archdiocese of Los Angeles by Pope Benedict XVI, when Cardinal Roger Mahoney retires.

The Los Angeles Times has reported that Jose Gomez is to take over the Los Angeles archdiocese in February, when Mahoney reaches the mandatory retirement age of 75.

The Times further informed that Gomez has been the archbishop of San Antonio for five years. He is a member of Opus Dei, a controversial, conservative order,.


Abuse scandal has not 'intimidated' Pope

Abuse scandal has not 'intimidated' PopeHe would not be "intimidated" by criticisms of the Vatican over its handling a clerical sex abuse, Pope Benedict XVI said in a Palm Sunday mass.


Pope''s letter of apology disappoints Irish sex abuse victims

Irish sex abuse victimsLondon, March 21 : The Pope''s historic apology has failed to comfort the victims of sex abuse by Catholic priests in Ireland.

Pope Benedict XVI, in an unprecedented papal decree, apologised following a string of shocking revelations claiming senior bishops in Ireland had been involved in covering up the crimes relating to the mistreatment of children.

He acknowledged there had been cover-ups of paedophile priests and expressed his "shame and remorse" for the "sinful and criminal acts", The Telegraph reported.


Pope calls Turkey 'bridge between Islam and the West'

Pope calls Turkey 'bridge between Islam and the West'Rome, Jan 7 : Pope Benedict XVI called Turkey a "bridge between Islam and the West," during a discussion with the new Turkish ambassador to the Vatican Thursday.

But the pontiff also said the Catholic Church should receive a recognised legal status in the country.

Such a status would help the Church to "enjoy complete freedom of religion and help to build up (Turkey's) society," Benedict told Ambassador Kenan Gursoy.


Hindus laud Pope''s synagogue visit, calling it a "step in the right direction"

Hindus laud Pope''s synagogue visit, calling it a "step in the right direction"Nevada (US), Dec 30 : Hindus have applauded Pope Benedict XVI''s proposed historic visit to Great Synagogue of Rome on January 17, calling it a "step in the right direction".

Acclaimed Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, commenting on the proposed visit, said that it was wonderful to watch the world''s two major religions coming together and opening a new chapter of understanding.


Questions raised over Vatican security arrangements after woman attacks Pope

Questions raised over Vatican security arrangements after woman attacks PopeLondon, Dec. 26 : Vatican security arrangements have come under fire after Pope Benedict XVI was toppled during the Christmas Eve mass by a woman who had attempted a similar attack last year.

Susanna Maiolo, a Swiss-Italian national with psychiatric problems, jumped the barricade at the start of the service mass in St Peter''s Basilica and was able to push past security guards to reach the Pope, knocking him down in a chaotic papal mishap.


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