Latest Pope Benedict XVI News

Pope cracks down on new Catholic religious start-ups

Jun. 15, 2022 13:21 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis has taken another step to reign in new religious groups in the Catholic Church after their unregulated proliferation in recent decades led to abuses in governance that allowed spiritual and sexual misconduct to go unchecked. Francis issued a new decree...

Report finds 196 clerics abused minors in German diocese

Jun. 13, 2022 11:57 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A report released Monday found that at least 196 clerics in the German Catholic diocese of Muenster sexually abused minors between 1945 and 2020, adding to findings from other dioceses that have shaken the church in the country. The study, commissioned by the diocese...

Pope cancels trip to Congo and South Sudan due to bad knee

Jun. 10, 2022 15:13 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis canceled a planned July trip to Africa on doctors' orders because of knee problems, the Vatican said Friday, dashing hopes of the faithful there and raising further questions about the health and mobility of the 85-year-old pontiff. The Vatican said...

Pope Francis fuels new speculation on future of pontificate

Jun. 05, 2022 02:22 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis added fuel to rumors about the future of his pontificate by announcing he would visit the central Italian city of L'Aquila in August for a feast initiated by Pope Celestine V, one of the few pontiffs who resigned before Pope Benedict XVI stepped down in 2013. ...

Sex abuse suit filed against Oklahoma City Catholic school

May. 18, 2022 17:10 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Ten current and former students of Mount St. Mary Catholic High School in Oklahoma City and six parents or guardians are suing the private school, alleging it fostered “a rape culture” for more than 10 years. School officials have known since 2011 that...

Arrested Hong Kong cardinal a fiery critic of Beijing

May. 12, 2022 07:20 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Cardinal Joseph Zen, the 90-year-old Catholic cleric arrested by Hong Kong police on national security charges, has long been a fiery critic of Beijing's control of religion and political monopoly, along with efforts by the Vatican to reach a working arrangement with the ruling...

Minister: Pope postpones visit to Lebanon for health reasons

May. 09, 2022 11:45 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Pope Francis has postpone a planned visit to Lebanon next month due to health reasons, a Lebanese Cabinet minister said Monday. Minister of Tourism Walid Nassar did not specify the ailment, but the pope is known to be suffering acute knee pain that has greatly...

Today in History: May 1, Americans hear of bin Laden's death

May. 01, 2022 00:22 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Sunday, May 1, the 121st day of 2022. There are 244 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 1, 2011, President Barack Obama announced the death of Osama bin Laden during a U.S. commando operation. (Because...

Today in History: April 24, hostage rescue mission fails

Apr. 24, 2022 00:05 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Sunday, April 24, the 114th day of 2022. There are 251 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 24, 1962, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology achieved the first satellite relay of a television...

Vatican clears aide to John Paul II of negligence claims

Apr. 22, 2022 09:20 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — A Vatican investigation into allegations that the former top aide to St. John Paul II was negligent in handling sex abuse claims in his native Poland has cleared him of wrongdoing, the Vatican’s embassy in Poland said Friday. A statement from the embassy, or...