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Vatican officials announced today that Pope Benedict XVI will be known as "pope emeritus" and will retain the honorific "His Holiness" after he abdicates on Thursday

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Vatican officials announced today that Pope Benedict XVI will be known as “pope emeritus” and will retain the honorific “His Holiness” after he abdicates on Thursday. He will also continue to be known by his papal title of Benedict XVI, rather than reverting to Josef Ratzinger. Pope Benedict will wear his distinctive white cassock without any cape or trimmings. He will sur...

Pope Benedict XVI has sent his first much-anticipated Twitter message using his personal account

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Pope Benedict XVI has sent his first much-anticipated Twitter message using his personal account @pontifex. The Pope was shown pressing a button on an iPad tablet. The message read: “Dear friends, I am pleased to get in touch with you through Twitter. Thank you for your generous response. I bless all of you from my heart.” A spokesman said earlier the pontiff would “reach out to...

Reeva Steenkamp's messages paint a picture of Oscar Pistorius as a jealous and possessive boyfriend prone to anger

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...rt at Oscar Pistorius’ trial that he had been able to extract some 35,000 pages’ worth of text messages from Reeva Steenkamp’s phone. Capt. Francois Moller said that 90% of the messages between the couple “were loving”, but he had picked out exceptions. Correspondents say some of these messages could prove extremely damaging for Oscar Pistorius. Reeva Steenkamp’s messages paint a...

Pope Benedict XVI has amended Roman Catholic Church law so that the conclave selecting his successor can be brought forward

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...rch 1st, officials said. A conclave beginning in mid-March would have left little time to have a new pope installed for one of the most important periods in the Catholic calendar, as Easter Holy Week begins on March 24. Pope Benedict XVI has amended Roman Catholic Church law so that the conclave selecting his successor can be brought forward The news about the timing of the conclave comes as the...

Pope Benedict XVI and the former Cuban leader Fidel Castro had a meeting today for the first time after the Pontiff saying mass in Havana

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Pope Benedict XVI and the former Cuban leader Fidel Castro had a meeting today for the first time after the Pontiff saying mass in Havana, in which he demanded greater freedom in the country and denounced Communist “fanaticism”. The meeting comes towards the end of the Pope’s three-day visit to the Communist-run island, during which the pontiff called for a bigger role for the Roman Catholi...

Italian media have named the arrested man in Vatileaks scandal as Paolo Gabriele, a personal butler and assistant to Pope Benedict XVI and one of very few laymen to have access to the Pope's private apartments

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...s of confidential documents and letters to the media. Reports citing unnamed sources said he was the Pope Benedict’s personal butler. The “Vatileaks” scandal, as it is known, has enraged the Holy See. The leaks have revealed alleged corruption, mismanagement and internal conflicts. The Vatican said the person detained was being questioned by Vatican magistrates. Last month, Pope...

Pope Benedict XVI prays during the Mass held in Erfurt after the shooting incident.

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..., Germany, around one mile (1,6 kilometers) from the city’s main cathedral (Saint Mary), where Pope Benedict XVI was to celebrate Mass.   The shooting incident has occurred on the edge of the security zone about an hour before the Pope started his celebration of the Mass for around 30,000 people. The gun fires aimed at a security guard. Eckhard Deutschmann, a local police spokesman told...

More than 6.6 million people attended the papal events presided by Pope Francis from his election in March to the end of 2013

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...figures released by the Vatican, more than 6.6 million people attended the papal events presided by Pope Francis from his election in March to the end of 2013, compared to 2.3 million for former Pope Benedict in all of 2012. The figures were based on the number of tickets issued for papal events where they are needed, such as general audiences, Masses and private audiences. They were also based o...

The app automatically color codes incoming messages, making them green for positive, red for negative and blue for neutral

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A new mobile phone app made by a team from the University of Portsmouth’s School of Computing, UK, will prepare users for receiving good or bad news on their phones, say researchers. The app distinguishes good messages from bad and neutral ones, and color codes them accordingly. Users may choose not to open negative messages if they are already having a stressful day. But some experts think...

Khloe Kardashian has unveiled several candid snaps on her blog of her family celebrating Easter at their Calabasas home

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Khloe Kardashian has unveiled several candid snaps on her blog of her family celebrating Easter at their Calabasas home. One of Khloe Kardashian’s best shot was the picture of half-sister Kendall Jenner, who looked ultra-cute in a pair of fuzzy bunny ears. Khloe Kardashian has unveiled several candid snaps on her blog of her family celebrating Easter at their Calabasas home The Kardashian-...

East Coast line is expected to face a nor’easter winter storm from Tuesday to Thursday, potentially casting a shadow over Election Day

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Thousands of Christian Orthodox pilgrims have celebrated Easter's Holy Fire ceremony at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem

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...Sepulchre was unlocked by a Muslim family which has held the keys for centuries. Meanwhile in Rome, Pope Francis called on Catholics to spread the message of God “to the very ends of the Earth”. Pope Francis called on Catholics to recover “the fire which Jesus has kindled in the world and to bring that fire to all people”. The pontiff was addressing followers at an Easter...

The Kardashian clan came together for Easter Sunday as they walked into church in Los Angeles

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The Kardashian clan came together for Easter Sunday as they walked into church in Los Angeles. Kourtney Kardashian, 33, carrying baby Penelope, wore a sheer white maxi that was reminiscent of the seventies overtop a short, white, spaghetti-strapped mini dress. The Kardashian clan came together for Easter Sunday as they walked into church in Los Angeles Kendall Jenner and Mason Disick in the firs...

The Vatican is considering calls from cardinals to hold a papal conclave earlier than planned, after Pope Benedict XVI steps down on February 28

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...is is a question that people are discussing”, he said. Officials in charge want to ensure that Pope Benedict’s successor is installed well in time for the liturgical celebrations at Easter, the most important date in the church’s calendar. As there is no precedent in modern times for the resignation of a pope, ecclesiastical lawyers are having to re-examine very carefully the rul...

Pope Benedict XVI warned yesterday that gay marriage is one of several threats to the traditional family unit

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Pope Benedict XVI warned yesterday that gay marriage is one of several threats to the traditional family unit that undermines “the future of humanity itself”. Pope Benedict XVI told diplomats from nearly 180 countries that the education of proper of children needed proper “settings” and that “pride of place goes to the family, based on the marriage of a man and a woman”. The pontiff made his comm...

A thunderstorm has forced Pope Benedict XVI to cut short his yesterday speech during a prayer vigil at the Catholic Church of World Youth Day 2011 festival in Madrid. (

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Madrid: violent protests against the cost of Pope’s visit.   [googlead tip="lista_medie" aliniat="stanga"]A thunderstorm has forced Pope Benedict XVI to cut short his yesterday  speech during a prayer vigil at the Catholic Church of World Youth Day 2011 festival in Madrid, Spain.   More than 1.5 million young pilgrims gathered at the church of World Youth Day 2011 festival on Saturday to be...

Paolo Gabriele, the Pope's butler, has been charged with illegally obtaining private papal documents and memos

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Pope Benedict XVI has broken his silence on the Vatileaks scandal, expressing his anger at the way some parts of the media are covering the story. Pope Benedict said “exaggerated” and “gratuitous” reports were painting a false image of the Holy See. A series of leaks has revealed allegations of corruption, mismanagement and internal conflicts. Paolo Gabriele, the Pope̵...

Pope Benedict XVI is to resign at the end of this month in an entirely unexpected development

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Pope Benedict XVI is to resign at the end of this month in an entirely unexpected development, the Vatican has confirmed. He became Pope Benedict XVI in April 2005 following the death of John Paul II. The reasons behind the 85-year-old pontiff’s surprise resignation have yet to emerge. At 78, the former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was one of the oldest new popes in history when elected. Resig...

Paolo Gabriele pleaded not guilty to charges of aggravated theft but said he had abused the Pope's trust

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...and abetting a crime. He had exerted his right to stay away from the hearing. Paolo Gabriele was the Pope’s trusted servant for years and held the keys to the papal apartments. The “Vatileaks” scandal has been one of the most difficult crises of Pope Benedict’s seven-year papacy, correspondents say. Related search articles:navy prt scores 2013 coca cola Theresa Gerhard c...

Pope Benedict XVI has given his final Sunday blessing at the Vatican before he steps down on February 28

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Pope Benedict XVI has given his final Sunday blessing at the Vatican before he steps down on February 28. In his last Angelus in St Peter’s Square, the Pope told thousands of cheering pilgrims his decision did not mean he was abandoning the Church. Pope Benedict, 85, announced his resignation last week, saying ill-health meant he could not continue. Cardinals are gathering to choose the nex...

As South Korean ferry Sewol began to sink, some of those on board sent harrowing text messages to their loved ones

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As South Korean ferry Sewol began to sink, some of those on board sent harrowing text messages to their loved ones. With almost 300 people still unaccounted for one day after the accident, reports of desperate text messages from some of those trapped on board have surfaced in local media. “This might be the last chance to say I love you,” one student named as Shin Young-jin is reporte...

Pope Francis has delivered his first Easter Sunday message since being elected with a passionate plea for peace

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Pope Francis has delivered his first Easter Sunday message since being elected with a passionate plea for peace. The newly-elected Pope used his “Urbi et Orbi” address to call for peace in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and across the globe. Pope Francis singled out “dear Syria”, saying: “How much blood has been shed! And how much suffering must there still be before...

Easter's Way of the Cross procession in Rome has been led by Pope Francis, with prayers for the poor and the abandoned

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Easter’s Way of the Cross procession in Rome has been led by Pope Francis, with prayers for the poor and the abandoned. Via Crucis ceremony marks Christians’ commemoration of Christ’s crucifixion on Good Friday. Tens of thousands of people lined the route near the 2,000-year-old Colosseum. Pope Francis heard the Vatican’s official preacher deliver a sermon denouncing greed...

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama kicked off White House Easter Egg Roll 2013

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...m their favorite books. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama kicked off White House Easter Egg Roll 2013 The theme of this year’s event was Be Healthy, Be Active, Be You! – fitting with Michelle Obama’s campaign to lower childhood obesity rates by encouraging physical activity. “We are so excited. The Easter Egg Roll is the biggest event that we have here on the...

Pope Francis led his second Easter Mass in front of tens of thousands of people gathered in St. Peter’s Square

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Pope Francis led his second Easter Mass and delivered the Urbi et Orbi message on Easter Sunday in front of tens of thousands of people gathered in St. Peter’s Square. After leading the ceremony that marks the holiest day in the Christian calendar, Pope Francis delivered his traditional blessing and address. The pontiff prayed for peace in Syria and Ukraine and “an end to all war and every...