If church face is 'disfigured,' honesty is needed Benedict XVI says while urging greater humility, unity.
Pope Benedict's brother says he won't move back to Germany: "You don't transplant an old tree," said Monsignor Georg Ratzinger. He says Pope Benedict will stay in Rome but won't have any writing published.
Pope Benedict's view that there might be rare cases where condom use is acceptable comes at a time when the Catholic church's image in Europe has been battered by child abuse scandals.
11/22/2010 01:33 pm
Today's revelation that a Minnesota priest charged in a 2007 sex abuse case involving a teenage girl still practices in India continues to put a spotlight on the Vatican and Pope Benedict.
04/05/2010 07:59 pm
Investigations into charges of sexual and physical abuse of children by German Catholic priests are getting under way, and involve a choir run by Pope Benedict's brother. Did the pontiff know about the allegations when he was a bishop in his home country? "We do not know," a German Catholic church spokesman said.
03/11/2010 01:40 pm
The Vatican is trying to clarify efforts to reconcile with a sharply right-wing set of bishops excommunicated in 1988.
02/06/2009 12:00 am
The gathering follows a successful Muslim-Catholic forum at the Vatican.
11/12/2008 12:00 am
Preaching universal values at the UN, Benedict will urge followers to strengthen their Catholic identity.
04/15/2008 01:00 am