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Pope Laughs Off Popemobile Mishap

'I was punched, I'm fine'

(Newser) - Pope Francis laughed off an accident in the Popemobile on Sunday that left him with a bruised eye and a bloodstained cassock. The 80-year-old quipped: "I was punched. I'm fine," as he continued his tour of Cartagena, Colombia, the Telegraph reports. The Vatican said Francis received ice... More »

Vatican Gets New Popemobile

New dome said to be higher, roomier than old model

(Newser) - German automaker Daimler says it has delivered Pope Benedict XVI his new popemobile—a customized Mercedes-Benz M-Class SUV with special security features. The company says the new car was delivered today to the Vatican and people should be able to see the pope riding in it tomorrow in Rome during... More »

Eight 'Miracles' Reported in Pope-Crazed England

Free prawn crackers, anyone?

(Newser) - Ah, the power of citizen journalists at work. The Guardian is asking its readers to help it track Pope Benedict’s trip to England, requesting reports of popemobile sightings, protests and… miracles. So far, eight miracles have been reported, but we’re pretty sure most of them are jokes. Or... More »

Pope Draws 60K in Cameroon

(Newser) - Roughly 60,000 people packed a soccer stadium in Yaounde, Cameroon, today to hear Pope Benedict XVI’s first giant African mass, the BBC reports. The pontiff used his sermon to warn the throngs of the dangers of urbanization and materialism. Earlier, Benedict met with Cameroon’s Muslim leaders, and... More »

Benedict Brings Down the House That Ruth Built

Pope's homily brings 60,000 Catholics to their feet in Yankee Stadium

(Newser) - With pop music blaring and a roaring crowd, Yankee Stadium might have easily been hosting a rock concert today, reports the New York Times, rather than the rock star of Catholicism. The object of the adoration of 60,000 was Pope Benedict XVI, who finished up his US tour by... More »

25K Teens Rock at NY Pope Rally

Kelly Clarkson opens before Benedict XVI blesses followers

(Newser) - About 25,000 teens experienced Popemania today at a rocking rally in Yonkers, NY, the New York Daily News reports. After Kelly Clarkson belted out tunes, Benedict XVI emerged from a seminary meeting with disabled kids to receive gifts of bread and bless the crowd. "It's a once-in-a-lifetime thing,... More »

Vatican Offers Earthly Rewards

Employees get new corporate-style bonus system

(Newser) - The Vatican is offering corporate-style performance bonuses to its workers for the first time, the Times of London reports. Pope Benedict XVI is offering rewards based on "dedication, professionalism, productivity and politeness." The conditions will apply to the thousands of lay workers who do everything from run Vatican... More »

Man Tries to Hitch a Ride on Popemobile

German vaults barrier in St. Peter's Square, approaches pontiff's car

(Newser) - A German man made a leap of faith in St. Peter's Square in Rome today, apparently attempting to board Pope Benedict's Jeep. A Vatican spokesman said the 27-year-old was trying to "draw attention to himself" when he dove over a barricade toward the slow-moving Popemobile; the man was immediately... More »

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