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Amid Heightened Security, Pope Ushers In Christmas

Pontiff heralds holiday without incident

(Newser) - Pope Benedict XVI ushered in Christmas Eve with an evening Mass today amid heightened security concerns following the package bombings at two Rome embassies and Christmas Eve security breaches at the Vatican the past two years running. Benedict made his way down the central aisle of St. Peter's Basilica at... More »

Pope Honors 'Courageous' Brits Who Resisted Nazis

Acknowledges personal experience for first time

(Newser) - On the 70th anniversary of the Nazis' attack on the British mainland, Pope Benedict paid homage to Britons who "courageously" resisted "the forces of that evil ideology" in an open-air Mass today near Coventry, which was shelled heavily. "For me as one who lived and suffered through... More »

Teary Pope: We'll Protect Young From Abuse

Benedict expresses shame in Malta visit

(Newser) - Pope Benedict met with a group of clerical abuse victims today and promised them the church would do everything in its power to punish abusive priests and protect young people in the future. The Vatican said Benedict expressed his shame and sorrow at the pain the men and their families... More »

Pope Benedict Leaves US After 6-Day Visit

Cheney says farewell to Benedict at departure ceremony

(Newser) - Pope Benedict XVI concluded his 6-day US visit today, boarding the papal jet at JFK aqirport to return to the Vatican. “The time has come for me to bid farewell to your country,” Benedict said. “May God bless America.” Dick Cheney attended the departure ceremony, which... More »

Abuse Victims Find Some Peace With Pope

Tears and inspiration at long-sought meeting

(Newser) - Victims of sexual abuse yesterday exited a long-sought meeting with Pope Benedict XVI moved by his compassion and inspired by hope. "He apologized," one of them told CNN after the talk in a Washington chapel. "He seemed to intrinsically understand what we were talking about." Benedict... More »

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