Msgr John Joseph Kennedy, right, and Msgr Armando Matteo

An Irish priest, Msgr John Kennedy has been put in charge by Pope Francis of leading investigations into child abuse allegations against the Catholic (...)

Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI  in St Peter’s Basilica in Rome in December 2015. Photograph: Gregorio Borgia/AP

Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI has reiterated he did no wrong on clerical sex abuse during his time as archbishop of Munich, but conceded his “profound sh(...)

Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI has been named as a potential accessory in an abuse file. Photograph:  Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI has been named by Munich investigators as a potential accessory to child abuse in a file made available to state prosecutor(...)

Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI: ‘Overwhelmingly likely’ he was aware of at least four child abusing priests among his clergy while he was archbishop of Munich from 1977 to 1982. Photograph: Tiziana Fabi/AFP via Getty Images

Last week a report by German investigators found it “overwhelmingly likely” that Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI was aware of at least four child abusing p(...)

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(...)

Pope Benedict XVI. Photograph: Andreas Solaro/AFP via Getty

In a lengthy article published after his retirement in 2013 , Pope Benedict XVI, formerly Joseph Ratzinger, responded to a critic: “As far as you ment(...)

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 receiving in audience the Community of the Belgian Pontifical College on the occasion of the 175th anniversary of its foundation, at the Vatican City last Thursday. PHotograph: EPA

Language matters. In 1986 then dean of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, later Pope Benedict X(...)

 Pope Francis  in the Paul VI hall, in Vatican City on  Wednesday. Photograph: EPA/Vatican media handout

Questions swirled on Thursday about the origins of Pope Francis’s bombshell comments endorsing same-sex civil unions, with all evidence suggesting he (...)

Anthony Hopkins and and Jonathan Pryce in The Two Popes

The world has largely forgotten Morris West and the 1968 adaptation of his bestseller The Shoes of the Fisherman. Yet that Michael Anderson film, sta(...)

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