Benedict XVI fetes 90th birthday at Vatican with suds, pretzels

Apr 18, 2017

Benedict XVI fetes 90th birthday at Vatican with suds, pretzels

Benedict XVI, who resigned as pontiff in 2013, has celebrated his 90th birthday with a mug of beer and the company of visitors from his native Bavaria in Germany. Photos by the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano of the celebration showed Benedict sipping a beer. ...

What's in a name? A lot if you're pope

Mar 14, 2013

What's in a name? A lot if you're pope

From Pius to Clement, Hilarius to Simplicius, papal names from down the centuries are inextricably linked to the brilliant or wretched legacies of the men who have ruled the Vatican. Cardinals gathered in a secret conclave to elect a new pope to head up ...

Pope considers new election rules and date

Feb 22, 2013

Pope considers new election rules and date

Pope Benedict XVI may enact a new law governing the upcoming conclave to elect a new pope amid continued uncertainty over when the voting can begin. The Vatican’s spokesman said Wednesday he didn’t know for sure if the law would address the timing of ...