At U.N., Vatican seeks limit on sex abuse responsibilities

May 5, 2014

At U.N., Vatican seeks limit on sex abuse responsibilities

In its second grilling at the United Nations this year, the Vatican on Monday sought to limit its responsibility for the global priest sex abuse scandal by undercutting arguments it has violated an international treaty against torture and inhuman treatment. The Vatican delegation’s appearance ...

Obama tells Pope Francis he is a 'great admirer'

Mar 27, 2014

Obama tells Pope Francis he is a 'great admirer'

President Barack Obama called himself a “great admirer” of Pope Francis as he sat down at the Vatican Thursday with the pontiff he considers a kindred spirit on issues of economic inequality. Their nearly hourlong first meeting comes as Obama’s administration remains deeply split ...

Mar 3, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI bows out

Big problems — from child sex-abuse cases to Vatican politics — probably proved too much for an aging academic theologian like the outgoing pope.

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 ...

Church scrambles after pope's exit bombshell

Feb 13, 2013

Church scrambles after pope's exit bombshell

Pope Benedict XVI says he will resign this month because of his advancing age in a fast-changing world, becoming the first pontiff in 600 years to step down of his own free will. The 85-year-old said Monday he will step down on Feb. 28 ...

Pope leaves legacy of impartial governance

Feb 13, 2013

Pope leaves legacy of impartial governance

by Jason Horowitz

Yes, Pope Benedict XVI came into the Vatican with the reputation as God’s Rottweiler. Yes, he was an archconservative who seemed to care a lot more about liturgical orthodoxy than the plight of the church’s progressives. Yes, he never escaped the shadow of the ...