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Pope wheeled up St Peter's instead of walking

Philip Pullella Reuters 10/18/2011
Pope ends Africa trip with giant mass in voodoo heartland

Pope Benedict XVI ended his second trip to Africa on Sunday with a mass for tens of thousands in the voodoo heartland of Benin and by issuing a grand vision for his Church's future on the continent.

Pope wheeled up St Peter's instead of walking

Pope Benedict was wheeled up the main aisle of St Peter's Basilica on a mobile platform at a ceremony on Sunday to spare him the unnecessary fatigue of walking, but the Vatican said there was no concern for his overall health.

Pope denounces "inhuman" mafia in southern Italy

Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday denounced the "inhuman" mafia that plagues southern Italy and urged residents there to respond to the region's suffering by caring for one another and the common good.

Pope 'deeply shaken' in meeting with sex abuse victims in Germany

Pope Benedict XVI met Friday with a group of people who had been sexually abused by clergy in his native Germany, where disenchantment with the Roman Catholic Church has grown in the wake of the scandal.

Abuse victims seek int'l court case against pope

MIKE CORDER and RACHEL ZOLL Breitbart.com 09/14/2011
Pope to hold mass in Berlin's 'Hitler's Stadium'

Berlin's Olympic Stadium where Pope Benedict XVI will hold a giant mass Thursday is steeped in history, from the 1936 Games showcasing Hitler's dreams of racial supremacy to the 2006 World Cup final.

Abuse victims seek int'l court case against pope

Clergy sex abuse victims upset that no high-ranking Roman Catholic leaders have been prosecuted for sheltering guilty priests have turned to the International Criminal Court, seeking an investigation of the pope and top Vatican cardinals for possible crimes against humanity. The Vatican called the move a "ludicrous publicity stunt."

Storm lashes pope, pilgrims at youth festival

A violent storm lashed Pope Benedict XVI and around one million pilgrims at an open-air service in Madrid, forcing him to cut short his speech and drenching the faithful who had waited for hours in blistering heat.

Pope denounces 'disintegration' of Europe families

Pope Benedict XVI wrapped up his visit to Croatia on Sunday by denouncing the "disintegration" of family life in Europe and calling for couples to make a commitment to marry and have children, not just live together.

Pope warns of alienation risk in social networks

Philip Pullella Reuters 01/25/2011
Pope warns of alienation risk in social networks

Pope Benedict gave a qualified blessing to social networking on Monday, praising its potential but warning that online friendships are no substitute for real human contact.

Pope's Comments Set Off Firestorm; Vatican Rushes to Clarify Comments

The Vatican on Sunday rushed to clarify a recent interview by Pope Benedict XVI, in which the pontiff states for the first time that there may be some cases in which the Roman Catholic Church's ban on condoms isn't absolute.


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