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Former Pope Benedict complains of attempts to 'silence' him

May 04, 2020 - 4:14 PM

Joseph Ratzinger claims in 'Benedict XVI - A Life' that he has fallen victim to a 'malignant distortion of reality' in reactions to his interventions in theological debates

POPES BENEDICT AND FRANCIS. This handout picture taken and released by Vatican Media on December 21, 2018, shows Pope Francis (L) meeting with Pope Benedict XVI (R) at the Vatican. Handout photo by Vatican Media/AFP

7 years after stepping down, Benedict fuels 'two popes' headache

Feb 11, 2020 - 12:58 PM

As the 'emeritus' Pope Benedict XVI continues in his retirement to write on the great themes of the Church, friction has arisen, most recently over the topic of married priests

VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - DECEMBER 24, 2007 - Pope Benedict XVI holds the cross as he celebrates the Midnight Mass for Christmas, in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. shutterstock.com

Pope Francis repeats support for celibacy after Benedict outburst

Jan 14, 2020 - 4:07 PM

The head of the Vatican's press center, Matteo Bruni, quotes Pope Francis as saying: 'Personally I think that celibacy is a gift to the Church. Secondly, I don't think optional celibacy should be allowed. No.'

Pope Francis (C) has a lunch with people, on November 17, 2019, at the Paul VI audience hall in Vatican, to mark the World Day of the Poor. (Photo by Vincenzo PINTO / AFP)

Ex-pope Benedict rejects opening up priesthood to married men

Jan 13, 2020 - 8:49 AM

'I cannot keep silent!' Benedict writes in a book, which follows an extraordinary meeting of bishops last year that recommended the ordination of married men in certain circumstances

PONTIFFS. Pope Francis (L) meets with Pope Benedict XVI (R) at the Vatican. (Photo by Handout/Vatican handout/AFP)

Time for change

Jan 01, 2020 - 12:30 PM

The New Year prods us

Abdication becoming more frequent in the modern age

Apr 29, 2019 - 10:59 AM

As medical technology improves and lifespans grow, the concept of a lifetime of duty is gradually being eroded and abdications are becoming increasingly acceptable and frequent

(COMBO) This combination of file pictures shows Pope Benedict XVI (top-L)in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba on March 27, 2012, Spanish King Juan Carlos de Borbon (top-C) at La Moneda Presidential Palace in Santiago on June 5, 2012, Japan's Emperor Akihito (top-R) at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on January 2, 2018, Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani (bottom-L) in Doha on December 18, 2012, Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands (bottom-C) on April 30, 2013, King Albert II of Belgium (bottom-R) in Liege on July 19, 2013. When the 85-year-old Japanese Emperor Akihito steps down on April 30, 2019 it will be the latest in a string of historic abdications that have included the pope and several monarchs. CARL COURT, CLAUDIO SANTANA, KARIM JAAFAR, JOHN THYS, ESTEBAN FELIX, Kazuhiro NOGI / AFP / POOL / AL-WATAN DOHA

Sex and intrigue of Vatican court drama gets TV treatment

Apr 21, 2017 - 10:25 PM

Italy s Leone Film Group buys the rights to a series of books by Italian investigative journalist Gianluigi Nuzzi on the Vatileaks cases which rocked the Roman Catholic Church with their leaked accounts of mismanagement corruption and waste

DRAMA IN THE VATICAN. A journalist reads Pope Benedict XVI's encyclical 'Caritas in Veritate' (Charity in Truth) during a Vatican news conference for the release of the document on July 7, 2009. File photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Benedict to tell all about troubled time as pope

Jul 01, 2016 - 9:33 PM

Entitled Final Conversations in Italian the book is to be released in several languages and will take the form of an extended interview with German journalist Peter Seewald

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI (R) attends the Consistory ceremony in Saint Peter's Basilica, Vatican City, 22 February 2014. EPA/FABIO FRUSTACI

Vatican braced for fresh controversy as leaks trial resumes

Mar 14, 2016 - 12:06 PM

The spicy courtroom drama has already served up claims of sexually charged scheming blackmail and computer hacking behind the fortified walls of the secretive city state

View of St. Peter's Basilica during a ceremony at St. Peter's Square in the Vatican, December 19, 2014. Alessandro di Meo/EPA

Two years on, Benedict XVI sees out days in the shadows

Feb 26, 2015 - 11:07 AM

Two years after becoming the first leader of the Catholic church to resign in 7 centuries Benedict XVI has melted away from public view

RARE APPEARANCE. In this file photo, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI (R) attends the Consistory ceremony in Saint Peter's Basilica, Vatican City, 22 February 2014. Fabio Frustaci/EPA

Will Pope's visit boost Tagle’s chances as first Asian pontiff?

Jan 19, 2015 - 3:59 PM

To some the papal visit provides a preview of the Catholic Church s future

Quevedo: Pope combines heart and mind

Jan 13, 2015 - 9:08 PM

Pope Francis may be conservative in doctrine but his pastoral practice is more generous and compassionate says Cardinal Orlando Quevedo

'CHURCH OF THE POOR.' Children of Filipino food scavengers eat a 'pagpag' (recycled food) meal collected from the Payatas dump site ahead of Pope Francis' visit in Quezon City, eastern Manila, Philippines, January 13, 2015. Photo by Dennis Sabangan/EPA

Looking back: The visits of Paul VI and John Paul II

Jan 13, 2015 - 6:20 PM

God truly blessed us with their presence and most of all because in seeing them we were brought closer to Jesus Christ No doubt this is what we will experience with the coming of Pope Francis

Francis of the media and the millennials

Dec 26, 2014 - 5:00 PM

The Pope Francis of the media is the one ready to disturb tradition and innovate without however unsettling the existing social order

HANDSHAKE. Pope Francis reaches out to shake the hand of a young child on his arrival in St. Peter's Square on October 15, 2014 for the weekly Wednesday General Audience. Photo by Claudio Peri/EPA

Philippines' top Dominican 'humbled' by Vatican job

Oct 04, 2014 - 10:08 AM

Fr Gerard Francisco Timoner III also vice chancellor of the University of Santo Tomas tells Rappler his Filipino context will help in his new assignment

POPE'S APPOINTEE. Fr Gerard Francisco Timoner III, OP (right), receives the profession of faith made by a Dominican priest (left) on June 20. Months later, Timoner is named member of the International Theological Commission. File photo courtesy of opphil.org

Pope Francis to visit Turkey in late November: Vatican

Sep 12, 2014 - 9:27 PM

The pope has accepted the invitation of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to visit Turkey a predominantly Muslim country

PAPAL VISIT. Pope Francis will visit Turkey "in the final days of November" at the invitation of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Photo from AFP

Vatican says no 'two popes final' for World Cup

Jul 10, 2014 - 8:47 PM

The Vatican says football mad Pope Francis might watch the World Cup final on Sunday between his native Argentina and Germany but is unlikely to do so alongside his German predecessor Benedict XVI

IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER. An Argentina fan bearing a mask of Argentinian Pope Francis cheers during the semi-final football match between Netherlands and Argentina of the FIFA World Cup at The Corinthians Arena in Sao Paulo on July 9, 2014. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini / AFP

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI will attend sainthood ceremony

Apr 26, 2014 - 11:55 PM

The presence of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI at the ceremony will be the first time we see two living popes together to celebrate two deceased predecessors

WILL BE THERE. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI will attend the canonization ceremony to elevate John Paul II and John XXIII to sainthood and will celebrate mass with Pope Francis. AFP file photo

The Vatican’s leap of faith

Apr 18, 2014 - 10:27 AM

With a Pope who wants to have “a Church which is poor and for the poor ” liberation theologians have much to hope for

'No one has done more than Church' vs sex abuse – Pope

Mar 05, 2014 - 5:35 PM

Francis: The Catholic Church is perhaps the only public institution to have acted with transparency and responsibility No one else has done more

DARK CLOUDS. A monk walks on St Peter's square on March 6, 2013 at the Vatican. Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Pope appoints Quevedo, 18 others new cardinals

Feb 22, 2014 - 8:07 PM

Nine of the 19 cardinals appointed come from South America Africa and Asia

CONSISTORY. Pope Francis arrives to appoint new cardinals at the consistory in the St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on February 22, 2014. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Ex-pope Benedict in rare public appearance at cardinals ceremony

Feb 22, 2014 - 6:40 PM

Pope emeritus Benedict XVI who had sworn to remain hidden from the world sat at the front row of St Peter s Basilica for the ceremony to create 19 new cardinals

RARE APPEARANCE. Pope emeritus Benedict XVI (C-R) is greeted by cardinals at the consistory in the St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on February 22, 2014. Pope Francis will create his first batch of cardinals, with nine of the 19 coming from South America, Africa and Asia. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Former pope secretly leaves Vatican to visit brother in hospital

Jan 04, 2014 - 9:02 PM

The former pope s brother is admitted to a hospital after traveling from Germany to the Vatican for a check up on a minor heart condition

#PugadBaboy: Infallible no more punchline 2

Aug 03, 2013 - 5:00 AM

Pope Francis and Vatican tradition

#PugadBaboy: Infallible no more punchline 3

Aug 03, 2013 - 5:00 AM

Pope Francis and Vatican tradition

#PugadBaboy: Infallible no more

Aug 03, 2013 - 5:00 AM

On Pope Francis and Vatican traditions

Pope holds historic meet with predecessor Benedict XVI

Mar 23, 2013 - 9:42 PM

It is the first time a pontiff has met his predecessor

The Popes of my life

Mar 15, 2013 - 10:43 AM

The popes may be universal pastors but no one of them is a universal man Each has his own background experience talents strengths and weaknesses and each speaks from these


Choice of Pope Francis boosts Tagle's future chances

Mar 15, 2013 - 10:16 AM

If Tagle is able to create a stir among his peers in the next few years his being pope is not far fetched

TIMELINE: From Benedict XVI to Pope Francis

Mar 14, 2013 - 4:41 AM

What happened from the time Benedict XVI resigned until the election of Pope Francis?

BENEDICT XVI TO FRANCIS. This file picture taken on January 13, 2007 at the Vatican shows Pope Benedict XVI (L) meeting Pope Francis, who was then archbishop of Buenos Aires. AFP PHOTO / ARTURO MARI / OSSERVATORE ROMANO

Rappler Newscast | March 11, 2013

Mar 11, 2013 - 8:55 PM

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Masses in Rome ahead of conclave

Mar 10, 2013 - 8:50 PM

Parishioners picked their papal favorites 2 days before the conclave

CONCLAVE NEAR. Two Swiss guard stand at St Peter's square at the Vatican 2 days ahead of the cardinals conclave on March 10, 2013. AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE

Vatican readies Sistine Chapel for conclave to elect pope

Mar 09, 2013 - 10:01 AM

The giant window of the Sistine Chapel has been blacked out to prevent anyone being able to spy on the conclave and scrambling devices have been installed to prevent any type of communication with the outside world

AFP Photo

115 'cardinal electors' complete but conclave talks put off

Mar 08, 2013 - 12:22 PM

Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi say all of theh 115 cardinal electors are now in Rome

The secret meetings before the conclave

Mar 05, 2013 - 8:03 PM

Cardinals get briefed take an oath of secrecy deal with finances among others

Cardinals begin pre-conclave talks

Mar 04, 2013 - 7:08 PM

Catholic cardinals will set the date for the start of the conclave this month

LAST GOODBYE. A file photo shows Pope Benedict XVI greeting priests and bishops on May 16, 2012

Tagle's words that struck the world

Mar 04, 2013 - 2:49 PM

Driving priests to tears and impressing journalists Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle blasts idols like the god of profit and hits special treatment for priests

Rappler Newscast | March 1, 2013

Mar 01, 2013 - 8:52 PM

14 people are dead as the stand off in Sabah ends in a shootout Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI officially steps down as pope

Benedict leaves mark on global politics

Mar 01, 2013 - 8:13 PM

Experts say the first truly modern pope through his resignation sets a good example for leaders around the world

Pope leaves Vatican for retirement

Mar 01, 2013 - 12:15 AM

Pope Benedict XVI left the Vatican aboard a helicopter on Thursday hours before his reign as pope was to officially end at 1900 GMT

In last tweet, a wish for joy from Benedict XVI

Mar 01, 2013 - 12:13 AM

Pope Benedict XVI thanks netizens for their love and support as he closes his Twitter account after nearly 3 months

Two popes, two resignations: Benedict XVI and Celestine V

Feb 28, 2013 - 10:20 PM

The shy retiring Pope Benedict XVI has much in common with 13th century humble hermit Celestine V who quit the papacy after only five months fed up with Vatican machinations

Tiny town prepares for pope's last goodbye

Feb 28, 2013 - 9:25 PM

A procession of local residents bearing torches and chanting prayers will mark Benedict s last ever public appearance on the loggia overlooking the square in a mediaeval town which for centuries has hosted popes escaping the Roman summer

CBCP to Pope: 'Many of us shed tears'

Feb 28, 2013 - 8:59 PM

CBCP sends a final letter to Pope Benedict XVI the outgoing head of the Catholic Church

Rappler Newscast | February 28, 2013

Feb 28, 2013 - 8:53 PM

Pope Benedict XVI vows unconditional obedience to his successor UNA links LP to release of COA report Bangsamoro transition annex signed

Benedict XVI vows to obey next pope

Feb 28, 2013 - 6:41 PM

UPDATED Pope Benedict XVI vows unconditional obedience and reverence to his successor on his last day in office

Priest-turned-chef talks about Benedict, church

Feb 28, 2013 - 12:17 PM

‘Next pope should be young and strong to fight power struggle pedophilia corruption ’ says a former priest

Pope would've slammed bid vs Team Patay

Feb 28, 2013 - 9:07 AM

Pope Benedict XVI warns the Church against transforming herself into a directly political subject that engages in partisan interests

Rappler Newscast | February 27, 2013

Feb 27, 2013 - 8:55 PM

The Philippines asks Malaysia to extend the deadline for Filipinos to leave Sabah | The son of top martial law military man Fabian Ver says Juan Ponce Enrile s memory is failing him | Pope Benedict XVI delivers his final speech a day before he steps down as Pope

The Pope, the world in 7 quotes

Feb 27, 2013 - 9:30 AM

The world leader in Benedict XVI attacks destructive progress drug trafficking and sex tourism He also warns against the pitfalls of new media