A pilgrim holds a candle while attending a mass at the Catholic shrine of Fatima, Portugal, in 2010. Thousands of pilgrims made their way to the Fatima Shrine to attend a mass by Pope Benedict XVI to mark the 93rd anniversary celebrations of the first appearance of the Virgin Mary to three shepherd children in 1917. Rafael Marchante/Reuters
Members of the Catholic Women´s Ordination (WCO) group hold a vigil outside Westminster Cathedral ahead of the Pope´s first state visit to Britain, in London, September 2010. The WCO is dedicated to the campaign for the ordination of women in the Roman Catholic Church. Newscom
Demonstrators opposing the visit of Pope Benedict XVI protest in front of Brandenburg Gate in Berlin on Sept. 22. Pope Benedict starts his most difficult visit yet to his German homeland on Thursday, touring mostly Protestant and atheist regions in the ex-communist east after previous visits to Catholic strongholds in the Rhineland and his native Bavaria. Pawel Kopczynski/Reuters
Therese Albrecht, a member of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), holds a photograph of herself as a child during a protest outside Saint Mary's Metropolitan Cathedral in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 2010. Dylan Martinez/Reuters
Catholic faithful pray as Pope Benedict XVI arrives to celebrate Mass, in 2008, in Lourdes, France for more than 150,000 people at the shrine where the faithful believe the Virgin Mary appeared to a peasant girl 150 years ago. Regis Duvignau/Reuters
Crowds of Londoners in Hyde Park, London, assemble for the visit of Pope Benedict XVI in 2010. Newscom
Tens of thousands of the faithful gather in St. Peter's square for Pope Benedict XVI's speech during his noon Angelus prayer at the Vatican in 2008. The pontiff thanked especially the students, politicians, and ordinary Romans. The Pope canceled his visit to Rome's secular La Sapienza university after protests by professors and students. AFP/Newscom
The Richmond Coalition Against the State Visit wait for Pope Benedict XVI as he visits St. Mary's University in Twickenham, London, for a Celebration of Roman Catholic education in 2010. The Coalition opposes the Pope's opinions on condom use, abortion, gay rights, and education. Newscom
Children wearing plastic raingear wait for Pope Benedict XVI to arrive for holy mass at St. Stephens Cathedral in Vienna in 2007. Pope Benedict urged Catholics to keep Sunday a special day for God and rest and make it a time to reflect on the need to protect God's endangered creation. Laszlo Balogh/Reuters
Riot police officers clash with demonstrators following a protest against Pope Benedict XVI's visit to Madrid in 2011. Arturo Rodriguez/AP
Pilgrims wait for the arrival of Pope Benedict XVI to lead a mass at the Cuatro Vientos aerodrome as part of World Youth Day festivities in Madrid on Aug. 21. Andrea Comas/Reuters
Cardinal sexual misconduct: Cardinal Keith O'Brien, who resigned as archbishop after admitting to sexual misconduct, is leaving Scotland for "spiritual renewal, prayer and penance."
Nicole Winfield, Associated Press /
May 15, 2013
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The Scottish cardinal who resigned as archbishop after admitting to sexual misconduct will leave Scotland for several months of prayer and atonement, the Vatican said Wednesday in a rare sanction against a "prince of the church."