Roman Curia http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/32029/all en Pope Benedict: diehard traditionalist who resigned his post http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/pope-benedict-diehard-traditionalist-who-resigned-his-post <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Pope Benedict XVI, who on Monday announced his intention to resign this month, will be remembered as a staunch defender of Roman Catholic orthodoxy, a diehard traditionalist and a lightning rod for controversy.</p> <p>The German intellectual succeeded the long-reigning and popular John Paul II in April 2005 aged 78 after serving nearly a quarter-century as the Church's doctrinal enforcer, earning himself the nickname "God's Rottweiler."</p> <p>The 85-year-old, who blamed his age for preventing him from continuing at the head of the papacy, will be the first pope to do so in centuries.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/pope-benedict-diehard-traditionalist-who-resigned-his-post" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Christian theology Christianity Entertainment Religion Roman Curia Social Issues Technology AFP Mon, 11 Feb 2013 11:45:49 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5752535 at http://www.globalpost.com How the pope is chosen http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/how-the-pope-chosen <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>On the death or abdication of a pope, his successor is elected by a college of cardinals meeting in conclave in the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican.</p> <p>The system of election has been changed several times over the 2,000 years of the papacy's existence.</p> <p>All recent popes have changed the rules governing the choice of their successor, except for John Paul I, whose death on September 29, 1978 left him no time to reform the system during his 33-day papacy.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/how-the-pope-chosen" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Christianity Election of the Pope Roman Curia AFP Mon, 11 Feb 2013 12:17:08 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5752576 at http://www.globalpost.com With Benedict resigning, can Latin American claim papacy? http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130211/benedict-resigning-can-latin-american-claim-papacy <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>(Fixes typos in paragraph 20)</p> <p>* Vatican prelates have speculated about Latin American</p> <p>* Scherer and Sandri seen well placed for the conclave</p> <p>* Italian Scola, Austrian Schoenborn also mentioned</p> <p>By Tom Heneghan, Religion Editor</p> <p>PARIS, Feb 11 (Reuters) - With Pope Benedict's stunning announcement that he will resign later this month, the time may be coming for the Roman Catholic Church to elect its first non-European leader and it could be a Latin American.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130211/benedict-resigning-can-latin-american-claim-papacy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Archbishops of Milan Entertainment International Theological Commission Religion Roman Curia Thomson Reuters Mon, 11 Feb 2013 13:00:20 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5752601 at http://www.globalpost.com Bookmakers tip Nigerian or Canadian as next pope http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/bookmakers-tip-nigerian-or-canadian-next-pope <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Francis Arinze of Nigeria, Peter Turkson of Ghana and Marc Ouellet of Canada were among the cardinals hotly tipped by bookmakers on Monday to take over from Pope Benedict XVI.</p> <p>William Hill bookmakers named 80-year-old Arinze as their favourite to replace the pontiff following Monday's shock announcement of the pontiff's resignation with odds of 2-1, followed by Turkson at 5-2.</p> <p>Coral also tipped Arinze as the likeliest successor with odds of 7-4, followed by Turkson at 2-1 and Ouellet in third place at 5-1.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/bookmakers-tip-nigerian-or-canadian-next-pope" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Election of the Pope Francis Arinze Human Interest Religion Roman Curia AFP Mon, 11 Feb 2013 14:16:07 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5752704 at http://www.globalpost.com Benedict: a conservative whose papacy was dogged by scandal http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130211/benedict-conservative-whose-papacy-was-dogged-scandal <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Benedict's papacy marked by strong conservative focus</p> <p>* Reserved style contrasted sharply with charismatic John Paul</p> <p>* Difficult relations with Muslims and Jews</p> <p>By Philip Pullella</p> <p>VATICAN CITY, Feb 11 (Reuters) - - Pope Benedict was cheered by conservatives for trying to reaffirm traditional Catholic identity but liberals accused him of turning back the clock on reforms and hurting dialogue with Muslims, Jews and other Christians.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130211/benedict-conservative-whose-papacy-was-dogged-scandal" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Christianity Human Interest Politics Pope Benedict XVI Religion Roman Curia Social Issues Thomson Reuters Mon, 11 Feb 2013 15:00:29 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5752731 at http://www.globalpost.com Pope's resignation shows 'great care' for church: US bishops http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/popes-resignation-shows-great-care-church-us-bishops <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The US conference of Roman Catholic bishops saluted Pope Benedict XVI's surprise decision to resign as "another sign of his great care for the Church."</p> <p>"We are sad that he will be resigning but grateful for his eight years of selfless leadership as successor of St Peter," said Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, the president of the conference.</p> <p>The 85-year-old pontiff stunned Catholics Monday by announcing that he would resign at the end of the month, saying that, "due to advanced age," he no longer felt strong enough to lead the church.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/popes-resignation-shows-great-care-church-us-bishops" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Christianity Health Labor Politics Religion Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee Roman Curia Social Issues AFP Mon, 11 Feb 2013 15:46:20 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5752782 at http://www.globalpost.com Britain shocked but praises pope's bridge-building visit http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/britain-shocked-praises-popes-bridge-building-visit <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Christian and political leaders in Britain said Monday they were shocked by Pope Benedict XVI's resignation but praised his efforts to build bridges with the largely Protestant nation.</p> <p>In 2010, Pope Benedict made a historic first state visit to Britain by a pope.</p> <p>Justin Welby, leader of the world's Anglicans -- who at 57 is 28 years younger than the pope -- said he understood the pontiff's decision "with a heavy heart".</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/britain-shocked-praises-popes-bridge-building-visit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> International Theological Commission Pope Benedict XVI Religion Roman Curia AFP Mon, 11 Feb 2013 16:01:12 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5752794 at http://www.globalpost.com Pope to leave behind a Church in crisis http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/pope-leave-behind-church-crisis <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Pope Benedict XVI will leave behind a Catholic Church grappling with crises from child abuse scandals involving priests to confronting radical Islam as well as struggling to find its place in an increasingly secular Western world.</p> <p>German cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who will step down at the end of this month after an eight-year pontificate, was elected pope on April 19, 2005 at a time when anger at clerical abuse was at its height in parts of Europe and North America, shaking the faith of many ordinary Catholics.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/pope-leave-behind-church-crisis" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Christian theology Christianity Roman Curia Social Issues AFP Mon, 11 Feb 2013 16:01:24 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5752799 at http://www.globalpost.com Pope to resign in historic move http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/pope-resign-historic-move-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Pope Benedict XVI announced on Monday he will resign because of old age, becoming the first pontiff in more than six centuries to step down in a move that stunned the world.</p> <p>The German-born leader of the world's 1.1 billion Catholics said he would resign on February 28 after just eight years as pope, one of the shortest pontificates in modern history.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/pope-resign-historic-move-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Christianity Pope Benedict XVI Roman Curia Social Issues Technology AFP Mon, 11 Feb 2013 16:15:47 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5752810 at http://www.globalpost.com The last 10 popes http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/the-last-10-popes <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Below is a list of the last 10 popes and the length of their pontificates following Monday's announcement by Pope Benedict XVI that he will step down on February 28:</p> <p>- John Paul II (October 1978-April 2005): 26 years. The first non-Italian pope since Adrian VI in the 16th century, and the first Polish pope</p> <p>- John Paul I (August 1978-September 1978): Died suddenly after only 33 days</p> <p>- Paul VI (June 1963-August 1978): 15 years. Named his three immediate successors as cardinals</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/the-last-10-popes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Catholicism Christianity Roman Curia AFP Mon, 11 Feb 2013 16:15:51 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5752811 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 6-Pope's sudden resignation sends shockwaves through Church http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130211/update-5-popes-sudden-resignation-sends-shockwaves-through-chur <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Resignation could mean uncertainty for Catholic Church</p> <p>* Vatican expects new pope before end of March</p> <p>* Pressure on cardinals to elect leader from developing world</p> <p>* Decision leaves close aides "incredulous", tributes pour in (Add more reaction, new quotes, further background)</p> <p>By Philip Pullella</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130211/update-5-popes-sudden-resignation-sends-shockwaves-through-chur" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Christianity Disaster Holy See Human Interest Politics Pope Benedict XVI Religion Roman Curia Social Issues Thomson Reuters Mon, 11 Feb 2013 16:45:15 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5752839 at http://www.globalpost.com Status quo or radical change? Church ponders next pope http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/status-quo-or-radical-change-church-ponders-next-pope <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Who will be the next pope? Cardinals tasked with electing Benedict XVI's successor after his resignation later this month must choose a leader capable of guiding the Church through a difficult period, marred by scandals, internal tensions and growing secularism.</p> <p>Benedict's rule has been criticised as overly "eurocentric" in some quarters and Vatican watchers say the college of cardinals set to meet in the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican for the secret vote may seize the moment to elect a Latin-American, African or Asiatic pope.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/status-quo-or-radical-change-church-ponders-next-pope" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Marc Ouellet Papal conclave Religion Roman Curia AFP Mon, 11 Feb 2013 17:01:05 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5752864 at http://www.globalpost.com Bookmakers see three-cardinal race to be next Pope http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130211/bookmakers-see-three-cardinal-race-be-next-pope <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>LONDON, Feb 11 (Reuters) - British and Irish bookmakers ranked Nigeria's Cardinal Francis Arinze, Peter Turkson of Ghana and Canadian Marc Ouellet on Monday as favourites to lead the Roman Catholic Church, setting odds swiftly after Pope Benedict's shock resignation.</p> <p>William Hill, Britain's largest bookmaker, offered odds of 3/1 against for Arinze, or a probability of 25 percent, while Ouellet and Turkson were priced at 7/2 against, meaning successful punters would win seven pounds for every two staked.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130211/bookmakers-see-three-cardinal-race-be-next-pope" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Entertainment Gambling Religion Roman Curia Technology Wagering Thomson Reuters Mon, 11 Feb 2013 17:15:18 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5752867 at http://www.globalpost.com Pope should have carried on, faithful tell Vatican http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/pope-should-have-carried-on-faithful-tell-vatican <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Shock, sympathy, mild indignation and even a degree of relief were among the emotions expressed as Roman Catholics around the world digested news of the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI on Monday.</p> <p>If there was one common theme that united the faithful, it was the idea that the papacy is a job for life, not one that can be given up on the grounds of ill health, frailty or old age.</p> <p>"I am surprised because I did not know the pope could resign. I thought he was pope until he died," said Spanish businessman Gabriel Gar, 46, expressing a sentiment that was echoed across the globe.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/pope-should-have-carried-on-faithful-tell-vatican" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Christianity Education Labor Law Politics Pope Benedict XVI Religion Roman Curia Social Issues War AFP Mon, 11 Feb 2013 18:30:53 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5752949 at http://www.globalpost.com Pope Benedict XVI to resign in historic move http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/pope-benedict-xvi-to-resign-in-historic-move <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Pope Benedict XVI announced on Monday he will resign due to old age, becoming the first pontiff in 700 years to step down because he could no longer fulfil his duties, in a move that stunned the world.</p> <p>The German-born leader of the world's 1.1 billion Catholics said he would resign on February 28 after just eight years as pope, making his one of the shortest pontificates in modern history.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/pope-benedict-xvi-to-resign-in-historic-move" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Christianity Pope Benedict XVI Roman Curia Social Issues AFP Mon, 11 Feb 2013 18:31:19 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5752955 at http://www.globalpost.com