Pope Benedict visits German home

Pope Benedict visits German home

BERLIN, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Pope Benedict XVI returned to his native Germany Thursday to meet with political leaders and address as many as 70,000 people at Berlin's Olympic stadium.

Pope wanted to be Vatican librarian

VATICAN CITY, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- Pope Benedict XVI asked his predecessor, John Paul II, to allow him to become the Vatican's librarian, but his request was denied, a Vatican official said.

Pope Benedict XVI winning hearts and money

VATICAN CITY, July 7 (UPI) -- Contributions to the Roman Catholic Church have almost doubled under Pope Benedict XVI and the number of pilgrims in Rome has reached record levels.

The Catholic Church upset with BBC

LONDON, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- England's Roman Catholic Church is outraged with a BBC documentary, which alleges that the pope covered up child abuse by priests.

Pope gains German respect in first year

BERLIN, April 19 (UPI) -- In his first year as Pope Benedict XVI, German-born Joseph Ratzinger has won over many critics who feared he would live up to the title of "God's Rottweiler."

Pope's home to be made a museum

BAVARIA, Germany, Dec. 26 (UPI) -- The owner of Pope Benedict XVI's Bavarian birthplace is considering selling it to a German church group that wants to make it a museum.

Pope strips Franciscan friars of autonomy

VATICAN CITY, Nov. 22 (UPI) -- Pope Benedict XVI has put the friars of the shrine of St. Francis of Assisi under control of church officials, stripping them of autonomy granted in 1969. During their 36 years of independence, the friars, who follow the teachings of one of the Roman Cath

Communist secret police spied on Pope

BERLIN, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- The secret police of former communist East Germany, the Stasi, from 1974 on has kept a file on Pope Benedict XVI.

Diplomatic immunity for pope challenged

HOUSTON, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- A Texas lawyer with a suit pending against three Roman Catholic Church officials will challenge the constitutionality of granting the pope diplomatic immunity.

Bidders to pay $6 million for Pope house

MARKTL AM INN, Germany, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- Bidders have offered more than $6 million for the birth-house of Pope Benedict XVI, Deutsche Welle reported Tuesday.

Books offers guide to pope's Bavaria

BONN, Germany, July 11 (UPI) -- An Italian entrepreneur has developed a guidebook that will lead papal devotees on a tour of Pope Benedict XVI's German homeland.

Pope's birthplace for sale

MARKTL AM INN, Germany, June 24 (UPI) -- The home in Germany's Bavarian town of Marktl am Inn where the pope was born may be sold because its current owner is fed up with the tourist traffic.

Argentina congratulates new pope

BUENOS AIRES, April 20 (UPI) -- Argentina officially extended Wednesday its congratulations to Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany for his election as the new pope.

Argentina praises new pope

BUENOS AIRES, April 19 (UPI) -- Argentine religious leaders praised the appointment of Germany's Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger as the new pope, La Nacion reported in its Tuesday online edition.

U.S. welcomes new pope

WASHINGTON, April 19 (UPI) -- The U.S. State Department has officially welcomed the Tuesday election of German Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger as the Roman Catholic Church's new pope.
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