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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014
By United Press International
UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014
By United Press International
Pope requests Kia Soul as South Korean Popemobile

Pope requests Kia Soul as South Korean Popemobile

SEOUL , Aug. 14 (UPI) --Pope Francis requested a small, South Korea-built car as he visited the country this week, and got one, a tiny Kia Soul.
Ed Adamczyk
UPI Almanac for Wednesday, July 16, 2014

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, July 16, 2014

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, July 16, 2014
By United Press International
Pope not pleased over Argentina's World Cup loss

Pope not pleased over Argentina's World Cup loss

RIO DE JANEIRO, July 14 (UPI) --Pope Francis, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, was not pleased with the outcome of the World Cup Final match between Germany and Argentina.
Ed Adamczyk
Pope Francis: 'Door is always open' for priests to marry someday

Pope Francis: 'Door is always open' for priests to marry someday

JERUSALEM, May 27 (UPI) --Pope Francis took questions on priests possibly marrying someday, his zero tolerance sexual abuse policy and his possible retirement one day.
Aileen Graef
UPI Almanac for Sunday, May 11, 2014

UPI Almanac for Sunday, May 11, 2014

UPI Almanac for Sunday, May 11, 2014
By United Press International
Jon Stewart on Sarah Palin's waterboarding baptism comment: 'Huh?'

Jon Stewart on Sarah Palin's waterboarding baptism comment: 'Huh?'

NEW YORK, April 30 (UPI) -- Jon Stewart rips Sarah Palin on "The Daily Show" for comparing waterboarding terrorists to baptism.
Aileen Graef
UPI Almanac for Saturday, April 19, 2014

UPI Almanac for Saturday, April 19, 2014

UPI Almanac for Saturday, April 19, 2014
By United Press International
Pelosi, Boehner invite Pope Francis to address U.S. Congress

Pelosi, Boehner invite Pope Francis to address U.S. Congress

WASHINGTON, March 14 (UPI) -- Pope Francis has received a bi-partisan invitation to become the first head of the Catholic church to address a joint session of the U.S. Congress.
Pope Francis: There's room for non-marital civil unions

Pope Francis: There's room for non-marital civil unions

VATICAN CITY, March 5 (UPI) -- The Catholic Church could tolerate some types of non-marital civil unions as a way to guarantee property rights and healthcare, Pope Francis said Wednesday.

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UPI Almanac for Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014.
By United Press International
Benedict claims 'complete freedom' in decision to step down

Benedict claims 'complete freedom' in decision to step down

VATICAN CITY, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI said Wednesday he had freely resigned, dismissing speculation he was forced to step down as head of the Catholic church.
Two popes present as 18 clerics become Catholic cardinals

Two popes present as 18 clerics become Catholic cardinals

VATICAN CITY, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Pope Francis appointed 18 new cardinals Saturday in a Vatican ceremony noted for its uniqueness, officials said.

Controversial Catholic group apologizes to sex-abuse victims

VATICAN CITY, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- A Catholic church group that had been tainted by allegations of sexual abuse issued an apology to victims on Thursday.
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Pope Benedict XVI
Pope Benedict XVI acknowledges the crowd after delivering mass at Nationals Park in Washington on April 17, 2008. Approximately 50,000 people are expected in attendance for the Pope's mass. (UPI Photo/Kevin Dietsch)
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Pope Benedict XVI (Latin: Benedictus PP. XVI; Italian: Benedetto XVI; German: Benedikt XVI.; born Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger on 16 April 1927) is the 265th and current Pope, by virtue of his office of Bishop of Rome, the Sovereign of the Vatican City State and the head of the Roman Catholic Church. He was elected on 19 April 2005 in a papal conclave, celebrated his Papal Inauguration Mass on 24 April 2005, and took possession of his cathedral, the Basilica of St. John Lateran, on 7 May 2005. A native of Bavaria, Pope Benedict XVI has both German and Vatican citizenship.

After a long career as an academic, serving as a professor of theology at various German universities—most recently at the University of Regensburg—he was appointed Archbishop of Munich and Freising and cardinal by Pope Paul VI in 1977. In 1981, he settled in Rome when he became Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, one of the most important offices of the Roman Curia. From 2002 until his election as Pope, he was also Dean of the College of Cardinals, and as such the primus inter pares among the cardinals. Prior to becoming Pope, he was "a major figure on the Vatican stage for a quarter of a century" as "one of the most respected, influential and controversial members of the College of Cardinals"; he had an influence "second to none when it came to setting church priorities and directions" as one of Pope John Paul II's closest confidants.

Like his predecessor, Benedict XVI is theologically conservative and his teaching and prolific writings defend traditional Catholic doctrine and values. During his papacy, Benedict XVI has advocated a return to fundamental Christian values to counter the increased secularisation of many developed countries. He views relativism's denial of objective truth, and the denial of moral truths in particular, as the central problem of the 21st century. He teaches the importance of both the Catholic Church and an understanding of God's redemptive love. He has reaffirmed the "importance of prayer in the face of the activism and the growing secularism of many Christians engaged in charitable work." Pope Benedict has also revived a number of traditions including elevating the Tridentine Mass to a more prominent position.

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