Pope legacy: Teacher who returned to church roots
On Monday, April 4, 2005, a priest walked up to the Renaissance palazzo housing the Vatican's doctrine department and asked the doorman to call the official in charge: It was the first day of business after Pope John Paul II had died, and the cleric wanted to get back to work.
Pope flies to papal retreat in helicopter
Benedict XVI has left the Vatican for the last time as pope, flying by helicopter to the Vatican's vacation retreat hours before becoming the first pontiff to resign in 600 years.
Benedict to be called 'emeritus pope,' wear white
Two pontiffs, both wearing white, both called "pope" and living a few yards from one another, with the same key aide serving them.
Garcia guest speaker at St. John’s Lenten services
Alicia Williamson Garcia will be special guest at Lenten services at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, at St. John’s Evangelical Protestant Church in Christ Hall. The church is at 512 2nd Ave. SE, Cullman 35055.
Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church's Scout celebration
Leaders and members of Boy Scout Troop and Cub Scout Pack 321 celebrated National Boy Scout Sunday by taking part in the Mass service at Sacred Heart of Jesus this past weekend. They were Altar servers, ushers and Communion presenters, and following the service they served a pancake and sausage breakfast to the congregation in the Family Life Center.
British Cardinal to skip papal conclave
Cardinal Keith O'Brien, Britain's highest-ranking Catholic leader, says he is resigning as archbishop in the wake of misconduct allegations and will be skipping the conclave to elect a successor to Pope Benedict XVI.
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12 potential candidates for the next pope
The surprise announcement that Pope Benedict XVI is resigning set the stage for the Vatican to elect a new pope by mid-March, and opened up the possibility that the papacy could be filled by a non-European for the first time in the modern era.
UPDATED: Pope Benedict XVI to resign, citing age and waning energy
Recognizing what he described as his failing strength of "mind and body," Pope Benedict XVI announced Monday that he would step down as head of the Catholic church, the first pontiff to give up his duties since 1415.
Cardinal in church sex scandal stripped of duties
Cardinal Roger Mahony, who retired with a tainted career after dodging criminal charges over how he handled pedophile priests, was stripped of his archdiocese duties in an unprecedented move by his successor, who described the Roman Catholic church's actions during the growing sex abuse scandal as evil.
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