Vatican takes first steps running pope-less church

VATICAN CITY (AP) – The Vatican took the first steps of governing a Catholic Church without a pope on Friday, making some ceremonial and practical moves to formalize the end of one pontificate and prepare for the conclave to start the next. Benedict XVI’s 8 p.m. resignation Thursday opened what is known as the “sede […]

Gossip scandal erupts in Vatican ahead of pope’s exit

VATICAN CITY (AFP): With just days to go before Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation, the Vatican is battling persistent rumours that his decision was triggered by an explosive report on intrigue in its corridors of power. The secret report compiled by a committee of three cardinals for the pope’s eyes only was the result of a […]

Next Pope: Nigeria’s Cardinal Arinze and Peter Turkson of Ghana among bookmakers favourites

AFP: 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. 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 […]

Nigeria’s Onaiyekan among new Cardinals appointed by Pope Benedict XVI

AFP: Six non-European Catholic prelates will join the Vatican’s College of Cardinals in a move which may influence the election of the future pope, amid uncertainty over Pope Benedict XVI’s health. The 85-year-old Benedict, who has been looking increasingly tired and worn, said Wednesday he will appoint cardinals from Colombia, India, Lebanon, Nigeria, the Philippines […]

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