Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI. It was ‘overwhelmingly likely’ he knew about abusing priests in his archdiocese, investigators have found. File photograph: Getty

Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI has conceded he did not tell the truth to an investigation into clerical sexual abuse in the Munich archdiocese, blaming an(...)

Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI said he still had a good long-term memory so that, whenever he said he had no memory of something, he was ‘convinced that I have not met the person or that I did not know the facts or the document’. Photograph: Tiziana Fabi/AFP via Getty

in Berlin German investigators say it is “overwhelmingly likely” that Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI was aware of at least four abusing and paedophile p(...)

Pope Francis delivers his Christmas address to the Roman curia in the Vatican’s Clementina hall. Photograph: Andreas Solaro/Reuters

It is clear that Pope Francis’s pre-Christmas address to the Roman curia this week did not sit well with many of its members. It was a coruscating (...)

Pope Francis (right) and US president Barack Obama exchange gifts during a private audience at the Vatican today. Photograph: EPA

Was there a certain chill in the Vatican air? When Pope Francis and US president Barak Obama stood to pose for the cameras in the Vatican Libra(...)

Pope Benedict XVI waves from a balcony of St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican after being elected by the conclave of cardinals in April 2005. Photograph: Reuters/Max Rossi

A year after his shock resignation, Pope Emeritus Benedict has no regrets and believes history will vindicate his tumultuous and much-criticised papac(...)