After 20 children and six adults were shot dead in Connecticut, Pope Benedict XVI offered his condolences, urging all to dedicate themselves to peace in the face of such "senseless violence."
Pope Benedict XVI on Friday promoted his personal secretary to head of the papal household, giving Msgr. Georg Gaenswein even larger influence in organizing the aging pontiff's schedule and meetings.
Gaenswein has been Benedict's closest aide since his election in 2005, and also served as secretary when then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger headed the Vatican's doctrinal office.
The German-born Gaenswein was appointed prefect of the papal household, replacing American Archbishop James Harvey, who was recently made a cardinal.
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The Vatican has stripped the founder of the Austrian Priests' Initiative of the title of monsignor days after he announced an international meeting of all reform groups for 2013
To celebrate the launch of his new Twitter account, Pope Benedict XVI will tweet the answers to a handful of questions from his followers.
The pope's rare question-and-answer exchange on the social media site shows the church doesn't just want to teach the truth, but also to listen to others, said Archbishop Claudio Celli, president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications.
The archbishop and other Vatican officials spoke at a news conference Monday to reveal the pope's new Twitter account @Pontifex.
Explaining why they found a Vatican computer technician guilty of aiding the papal butler who stole private papal correspondence, Vatican judges said they found much of his testimony hard to believe.
John Allen: The pope on Saturday published new papal rules directing bishops to exercise greater vigilance and control over Catholic charitable activity.
The Vatican on Thursday blasted the press for focusing too narrowly on whether animals were present when Jesus was born, saying media coverage of Pope Benedict XVI's new book on Jesus' childhood missed the book's key message.
Writing on the front page of L'Osservatore Romano, the Vatican's semiofficial newspaper, Spanish theologian Jose Maria Gil Tamayo labeled the "media confusion" as another "symptom" of the "widespread and silent marginalization of God" in contemporary society.
The consistory over Thanksgiving weekend that saw the elevation of six new cardinals belonged to the whole world, not just the West.