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Pope turns to Twitter, new allies to battle for faith issues
Pope turns to Twitter, new allies to battle for faith issues

Pope Benedict XVI has galvanised Catholics at the close of 2012 to go on the offensive over key faith issues, forging new alliances and fighting secularism in the West with a media campaign.

Pope turns to Twitter, new allies to battle for faith issues
Pope ministers to Twitter flock
Pope ministers to Twitter flock

Pope Benedict XVI is due to send out his first, much-anticipated Twitter message on Wednesday, with hundreds of thousands of followers already signed up to receive the tweet.

Pope ministers to Twitter flock
Pope to start tweeting next week
Pope to start tweeting next week

Pope Benedict XVI will join Twitter from December 12, with regular tweets in eight languages from the account @pontifex just in time for Christmas.

Pope to start tweeting next week
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Vatican police under scrutiny in leaks trials

The Vatican gendarmerie has been an intriguing protagonist in the cloak-and-dagger "Vatileaks" case, set to wrap up on Saturday with a verdict in the trial of a Holy See computer technician.

Vatican police under scrutiny in leaks trials
 Pope to name seven saints including first Native American
Pope to name seven saints including first Native American

Pope Benedict XVI will name seven new saints on Sunday including the first Native American, marking the start of a "Year of Faith" aimed at countering the rising tide of secularism in the West.

Pope to name seven saints including first Native American
World bishops gather to counter decline of faith
World bishops gather to counter decline of faith

Catholic bishops from around the world are convening for a synod starting on Sunday to debate how to counter rising secularism on the 50th anniversary of the historic but controversial Second Vatican Council.

World bishops gather to counter decline of faith
'Vatileaks': A behind-the-scenes look at Vatican politics
'Vatileaks': A behind-the-scenes look at Vatican politics

The "Vatileaks" scandal that has led to the trial of Pope Benedict XVI's butler for theft involves hundreds of letters that passed across the pope's desk over several months in 2011 and early 2012.

'Vatileaks': A behind-the-scenes look at Vatican politics
Kazakhstan ratified agreement on relations with Vatican
Kazakhstan ratified agreement on relations with Vatican

Kazakhstan’s inter-confessional accord and positive results in parity relations with Vatican shows the need to enhance bilateral cooperation in this area: Kairat Lama Sharif.

Kazakhstan ratified agreement on relations with Vatican
Pope's butler goes on trial in 'Vatileaks' scandal
Pope's butler goes on trial in 'Vatileaks' scandal

Pope Benedict XVI's former butler Paolo Gabriele went on trial on Saturday for leaking confidential Vatican memos that revealed cloak-and-dagger politics among the pope's closest aides.

Pope's butler goes on trial in 'Vatileaks' scandal
World's smallest state, Vatican holds one-of-a-kind trial
World's smallest state, Vatican holds one-of-a-kind trial

The trial of Pope Benedict XVI's former butler and a Vatican computer technician for leaking secret papers starting on Saturday has no precedent since the Holy See became a sovereign state in 1929.

World's smallest state, Vatican holds one-of-a-kind trial
Vatican readies for historic trial of pope's butler
Vatican readies for historic trial of pope's butler

Pope Benedict XVI's former butler goes on trial on Saturday for leaking secret papers in the Vatican's biggest court drama in decades, revealing intrigue at the heart of the Catholic Church.

Vatican readies for historic trial of pope's butler
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'Wife' of Jesus theory attracts scepticism

A US professor has caused a sensation in Rome where she spoke about an ancient papyrus fragment that refers to the "wife" of Jesus.

'Wife' of Jesus theory attracts scepticism
US nuns ready to talk with Vatican after rebuke
US nuns ready to talk with Vatican after rebuke

American nuns in open conflict with the Vatican over claims they have "radical feminist" views and have strayed too far from Catholic doctrine offered Friday to talk with top Church leaders.

US nuns ready to talk with Vatican after rebuke
Pope appoints German archbishop to lead orthodoxy watchdog
Pope appoints German archbishop to lead orthodoxy watchdog

Pope Benedict XVI on Monday appointed German archbishop Ludwig Mueller, a conservative theologian with liberal leanings, to head up the Vatican's powerful orthodoxy watchdog.

Pope appoints German archbishop to lead orthodoxy watchdog