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Pope Benedict XVI to Resign on Feb. 28

Pope Benedict XVI to Resign on Feb. 28

Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images(VATICAN CITY) — Pope Benedict XVI’s unprecedented announcement Monday that he will resign Feb. 28 brings to a close one of the shortest papacies in history, for which the pontiff will leave a legacy as a leader with views i…

How a New Pope Will Be Chosen to Replace Pope Benedict XVI

How a New Pope Will Be Chosen to Replace Pope Benedict XVI

L’Osservatore Romano Vatican Pool via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — A new pope is elected by the College of Cardinals in Rome, who gather under Michelangelo’s famous frescoes in the Sistine Chapel under strict security measures.  Only cardinals under …

Saying ‘Merry Christmas’ Around the World

Saying ‘Merry Christmas’ Around the World

TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The pope, in his annual Christmas message today, wished Christians all over the world a Merry Christmas in 65 languages. So anytime, anywhere, no matter where you and your friends and loved ones are today, here’s how to wish them — and everyone around you – a Merry Christmas:  Merry Christmas in Hawaiian:Mele KalikimakaMerry Christmas in Spanish:¡Feliz NavidadMerry Christmas in German:Frohe WeihnachtenMerry Christmas in French:Joyeux NoëlMerry Christmas in Italian:Buon NataleMerry Christmas in Portuguese:Feliz NatalMerry Christmas in Japanese:メリークリスマス (pronounce:  Kurisumasu Omedeto)Merry Christmas in Russian:С Рождеством (pronounce: Pozdrevlyayu s prazdnikom Rozhdestva s Novim Godom)Merry Christmas in Dutch:Vrolijk KerstfeestMerry Christmas in Swedish:God JulMerry Christmas in Czech:Veselé VánoceMerry Christmas in Turkish:Mutlu NoellerMerry Christmas in Hebrew:חג המולד שמח(pronounce: Chag Hamoled Sameoch)Merry Christmas in Chinese:聖誕節快樂 (pronounce: Kung His Hsin Nien bing Chu Shen Tan)Merry Christmas in Arabic: عيد ميلاد مجيد(pronounce: I’d Miilad Said Oua Sana Saida)Merry Christmas in Croatian:Sretan BožićMerry Christmas in Greek:Καλά Χριστούγεννα (pronounce: Kala Christouyenna)Merry Christmas in Hungarian:Boldog KarácsonytMerry Christmas in Gaelic:Nollaig ShonaMerry Christmas in Welsh:Nadolig LlawenCopyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Pope Benedict XVI Sends His First Tweet

Pope Benedict XVI Sends His First Tweet

Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images(VATICAN CITY) — Pope Benedict XVI on Wednesday sent his first tweet since opening his Twitter account earlier this month.The post from his account, @Pontifex, read: “Dear friends, I am pleased to get in touch with you throu…

Computer Expert Convicted in Pope Theft Case

Computer Expert Convicted in Pope Theft Case

Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images(VATICAN CITY) — The Vatican court has found a second person guilty in connection with the theft and leaking of secret papal documents. The Vatican court has convicted a computer expert in connection with the theft and leaki…

Pope Benedict XVI to Join Twitter

Pope Benedict XVI to Join Twitter

L’Osservatore Romano Vatican Pool via Getty Images(VATICAN CITY) — The Vatican announced on Thursday that Pope Benedict XVI would start tweeting from his own Twitter account.Benedict, 85, sent a tweet last year from a Vatican account.  It’s…

Pope Benedict XVI Is No Fan of Russian Punk Rockers Pussy Riot

Pope Benedict XVI Is No Fan of Russian Punk Rockers Pussy Riot

L’Osservatore Romano Vatican-Pool/Getty Images(MOSCOW) — The Pussy Riot trial last summer captured worldwide attention and support from cultural icons like Madonna, Sting and Paul McCartney.  Now, the case has attracted attention from a higher po…

Paolo Gabriele: Pope’s Butler Convicted; Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison

Paolo Gabriele: Pope’s Butler Convicted; Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison

Franco Origlia/Getty Images(LONDON) — Pope Benedict XVI’s butler Paolo Gabriele was convicted Saturday morning of stealing the pope’s private papers and leaking them to journalist Gianluigi Nuzzi who published them in a best-selling book. It took the …

Vatileaks Butler Pleads Not Guilty, Admits to Abusing Pope’s Trust

Vatileaks Butler Pleads Not Guilty, Admits to Abusing Pope’s Trust

Franco Origlia/Getty Images(VATICAN CITY) – Pope Benedict XVI’s butler was in Vatican Court Tuesday, where he pleaded not guilty to aggravated theft charges.
According to the BBC, Paolo Gabriele, 46, admitted to abusing the Pope’s tru…

Pope’s Butler Stands Trial for Vatileaks

Pope’s Butler Stands Trial for Vatileaks

Franco Origlia/Getty Images(VATICAN CITY) — The Vatileaks scandal continues as Pope Benedict’s personal butler stood trial Saturday for releasing sensitive church documents to the public. Similar to Wikileaks, Vatileaks contains reams and reams …

Pope Will Get Dangerously Close to Syria This Weekend

Pope Will Get Dangerously Close to Syria This Weekend

L’Osservatore Romano Vatican-Pool/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Pope Benedict XVI will be just 30 miles from a major war zone starting Friday.The leader of the Roman Catholic Church has no plans to cancel his three-day visit to Beirut, Lebanon, even as fig…

Pope Will Get Dangerously Close to Syria This Weekend

Pope Will Get Dangerously Close to Syria This Weekend

L’Osservatore Romano Vatican-Pool/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Pope Benedict XVI will be just 30 miles from a major war zone starting Friday.The leader of the Roman Catholic Church has no plans to cancel his three-day visit to Beirut, Lebanon, even as fig…

Vatican Documents Leaked: Did Butler Paolo Gabriele Do It?

Vatican Documents Leaked: Did Butler Paolo Gabriele Do It?

Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images(VATICAN CITY) — He is always at the Pope Benedict XVI’s side. Butler Paolo Gabriele helps the pope dress in the morning and serves him his meals through the day. But now the pope’s loyal butler is under arrest, acc…

Pope Benedict’s Butler Arrested

Pope Benedict’s Butler Arrested

L’Osservatore Romano Vatican Pool/Getty Images(VATICAN CITY) — Pope Benedict XVI’s butler was arrested on Saturday after being suspected of leaking hundreds of Vatican documents to the press earlier this year.According to the Italian news agency ANSA,…

Pope Benedict XVI Meets with Fidel Castro in Cuba

Pope Benedict XVI Meets with Fidel Castro in Cuba

Joe Raedle/Getty Images(HAVANA, CUBA) — Pope Benedict XVI met privately with Fidel Castro after saying Mass in Havana’s Revolutionary Square — the centerpiece of this trip — before tens of thousands Wednesday morning.During the morning service, with…

Pope Benedict XVI Visits Cuba; Catholics Hope Trip Will Spur Change

Pope Benedict XVI Visits Cuba; Catholics Hope Trip Will Spur Change

L’Osservatore Romano Vatican-Pool/Getty Images(HAVANA) — Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Cuba this week marks a historic visit to a country in the midst of transition, which the country’s Catholics hope will spur further political and social change.Bened…

Pope Benedict XVI Goes to Cuba; Thousands Wait

Pope Benedict XVI Goes to Cuba; Thousands Wait

Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Pope Benedict XVI arrives in Cuba from Mexico on Monday, a huge event for any small country, but particularly one ruled by a Communist party that banned Christmas until John Paul II visited in 1998. The governme…

Pope Benedict Condemns Violence in Mexico

Pope Benedict Condemns Violence in Mexico

Carlos Alvarez/Getty Image(MEXICO CITY, MEXICO) — Pope Benedict XVI was greeted by supporters upon his arrival in Mexico on Friday.The Pope condemned the violence that has plagued the country resulting in thousands of deaths. In speaking to reporters,…

Pope Benedict Has Custom Designed Cologne

Pope Benedict Has Custom Designed Cologne

TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images(ROME) — Italian celebrity perfume-maker Silvana Casoli has created her most heavenly scent yet for a very special client, Pope Benedict XVI. Speaking to Rome’s daily paper, Il Messaggero, the aroma designer known as “the …

Archbishop Timothy Dolan Elevated to Cardinal

Archbishop Timothy Dolan Elevated to Cardinal

Franco Origlia/Getty Images(VATICAN CITY) — It was a ceremony with all the sobriety and ritual usually associated with the Catholic Church. But as the sun pierced the windows of a very chilly St. Peter’s Basilica, one man’s smile warmed th…

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