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  • Pope Benedict quits Vatican with promise to obey successor

    February 28, 2013 | 10:30 am

    Pope Benedict left the Vatican on Thursday after pledging unconditional obedience to whoever succeeds him to guide the Roman Catholic Church at one of the most crisis-ridden periods in its 2,000-year history.

    The first pope in six centuries to step down, Benedict flew off in a...

  • Netanyahu thanks Pope for deepening Christian-Jewish ties

    February 19, 2013 | 12:31 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked outgoing Pope Benedict on Monday for his efforts to shore up often troubled relations between the Roman Catholic Church and Jews, including with his 2009 visit to the Holy Land.

    That trip, in which the German-born Benedict paid...

  • Benedict’s papacy: a period of close Jewish relations with occasional bumps

    February 11, 2013 | 3:41 pm

    Pope Benedict XVI’s eight-year reign as head of the world’s 1 billion Catholics sometimes was a bumpy one for the Vatican’s relations with Israel and the wider Jewish community. But it was also a period in which relations where consolidated and fervent pledges made to continue...

  • Pope Benedict’s resignation announcement text

    February 11, 2013 | 3:45 am

    The following is the text of the speech that Pope Benedict delivered in Latin to members of a consistory, or church council, announcing his planned resignation on Monday. It was distributed by the Vatican in a statement:

    "Dear Brothers,

    I have convoked you to this Consistory,...

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  • Pope Benedict XVI to resign, citing frailty

    February 11, 2013 | 3:17 am

    Pope Benedict shocked the world on Monday by saying he no longer had the mental and physical strength to cope with his ministry, in an announcement that left his aides "incredulous" and will make him the first pontiff to step down since the Middle Ages.

    The German-born Pope, 85,...

  • Pope praises French rabbi’s essay against gay marriage

    December 21, 2012 | 2:03 pm

    In his Christmas address to Vatican officials, Pope Benedict reportedly praised an essay by France’s chief rabbi on the negative effects of gay marriage.

    According to Reuters, the Pope called the essay by Rabbi Gilles Bernheim “profoundly moving” during the Pope’s speech in the...

  • Pope skirts politics in Cuba

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    March 28, 2012 | 12:37 pm

    Rounding out his Latin American tour, Pope Benedict XVI celebrated Mass in Cuba today. There were lots of questions about what the pope would have to say about the plight of the Cuban people and the repressive Communist government. In the end, not much.

    The pope said “Cuba and the...

  • Pope Benedict renews commitment to Jewish dialogue

    May 13, 2011 | 11:04 am

    Pope Benedict XVI praised the development of Catholic-Jewish relations over the past four decades and renewed commitment to dialogue.

    “What has happened in these forty years must be seen as a great gift from the Lord and a reason for heartfelt gratitude towards the One who guides...

  • Local Couple Secures Pope’s Personal Blessing of Crucifix for Ailing Catholic Friend

    By Norma Zager

    November 22, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Local Couple Secures Pope's Personal Blessing of Crucifix for Ailing Catholic Friend

    Civic activists and philanthropists Faith and Jonathan Cookler recently returned from an Anti-Defamation League (ADL) National Leadership Mission led by Abraham Foxman, ADL national director, to...