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On anniversary of resignation, Benedict XVI has no regrets

Pope Benedict XVI, now retired and living in seclusion inside the Vatican, believes history will vindicate his difficult eight-year papacy.

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The Pope, a Bishop, and the Scandal of Wealth

Francis is seen as a pope who is seeking to liberate Catholicism from its own pretensions.

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Pope Francis is Neither ‘Liberal’ nor ‘Conservative’ — He’s Catholic

While Pope Francis’s ideas may be “liberal” in a secular American political context, they are anything but liberal in a Catholic context.

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The Pope Francis Effect: 8 Ways He’s Changing the Catholic Church

So we know by now that Pope Francis is different. But is he changing more than just the tone of … Continued

Pope Francis is lots of hope, very little change

In this photo provided by the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano, Pope emeritus Benedict XVI, left, is welcomed by Pope Francis … Continued

In Brazil, a pope who heals and converts

Pope Francis waves to the faithful as he arrives at St. Peter’s Square on June 16, 2013. (Giorgio Cosulich/Getty Images) … Continued

Catholic Church promises time off purgatory to Twitter followers

Pope Francis waves to the faithful as he arrives at St. Peter’s Square on June 16, 2013. (Giorgio Cosulich/Getty Images) … Continued

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Francis, a pope for all Catholics (especially Millennials)

Francis’ papacy is cause for Catholics, especially millennials, to bring back the word “papist.”

An American church in Paris

(LOIC VENANCE/AFP/GETTY IMAGES) Recently The New York Times ran an article about Europe’s ongoing resistance to Christianity and it’s symbols. … Continued

Can Pope Francis finish the job that Benedict began?

In this photo provided by the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano, Pope emeritus Benedict XVI, left, is welcomed by Pope Francis … Continued

Babies and breasts in church? Oh my!

Pope Benedict XVI walks past a figurine of baby Jesus as he leads the Christmas Mass in Saint Peter’s Basilica … Continued

Catholic Church still plagued by cardinal sin

View Photo Gallery: Cardinals from around the world gathered inside the Vatican for their first round of meetings before the conclave … Continued

Pope Benedict XVI’s humble courage

Andrew Medichini AP Pope Benedict XVI walks away after addressing the crowd from the window of the Pope’s summer residence … Continued

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Pope Benedict no more: What you need to know about the ‘sede vacante’

The Catholic Church entered a period called the sede vacante, the empty chair, a period between two papacies.

Call him ‘pope-emeritus’

JAVIER BARBANCHO AFP/GETTY IMAGES Picture taken on July 8, 2006 of Pope Benedict XVI waving to pilgrims on arrival at … Continued

Benedict XVI leaves as popular Pope, but no John Paul II

Pope Benedict XVI steps down with an uptick in personal popularity and wide support for his decision to retire, according … Continued

The Catholic Church must change

Philippe Wojazer AP In this Friday, Sept. 12, 2008 file photo, Pope Benedict XVI waves to wellwishers as he leaves … Continued

The Catholic Church can’t change

Alessandra Tarantino AP Pope Benedict XVI arrives for his weekly general audience at the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, … Continued

Pope Benedict’s Jewish legacy

STEFANO RELLANDINI REUTERS Pope Benedict XVI waves during a meeting with youths in Bkerke in Harissa, near Beirut September 15, … Continued

Pope Benedict resigns: The power of letting go

Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation with grace and humility. He was heeding the call of conscience and recognizing his … Continued