Vatican http://wrkf.org en Benedict Dismisses Renewed Rumors About Why He Left The Papacy http://wrkf.org/post/benedict-dismisses-renewed-rumors-about-why-he-left-papacy Almost one year to the day since <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/02/28/173125276/on-benedicts-last-day-a-pledge-of-obedience-to-his-successor" target="_blank">Benedict XVI stepped down</a> as spiritual leader of the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, the former pope has issued his first public comment on recurring rumors in the Italian media that he didn't resign of his own will.<p>Such talk is "simply absurd," Benedict writes in a letter <a href="http://vaticaninsider.lastampa.it/en/the-vatican/detail/articolo/benedetto-xvi-benedict-xvi-benedicto-xvi-32340/" target="_blank Wed, 26 Feb 2014 14:02:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 23070 at http://wrkf.org Benedict Dismisses Renewed Rumors About Why He Left The Papacy Pope Welcomes New Cardinals, Many From Developing World http://wrkf.org/post/pope-welcomes-new-cardinals-many-developing-world In a solemn ceremony at the Vatican, Pope Francis on Saturday bestowed red hats on his first batch of cardinals.<p>Ten of the 19 new princes of the church come from outside Europe, including some of the poorest countries in the world.<p>Their selection is a sign that the reforms Francis is introducing include a restructuring of how the Catholic Church will be governed.<p>The first pope from the developing world chose many of his new cardinals from the periphery of the globe. Sun, 23 Feb 2014 14:47:39 +0000 Sylvia Poggioli 22944 at http://wrkf.org Pope Welcomes New Cardinals, Many From Developing World UN Report Raises Scathing Criticisms Of Vatican http://wrkf.org/post/un-report-raises-scathing-criticisms-vatican Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block. The Vatican is angered by a UN report issued today that looks into the church's record on child sexual abuse. A UN committee on the rights of children is demanding the Roman Catholic Church turn over archives relating to how it dealt with priests. It accuses the Vatican of policies that effectively allowed priests to rape and molest tens of thousands of children worldwide. Wed, 05 Feb 2014 21:41:00 +0000 Sylvia Poggioli 22197 at http://wrkf.org TUESDAY: Author Francis Rooney, Ornithologist Richard Gibbons, Carolyn Bennett http://wrkf.org/post/tuesday-author-francis-rooney-ornithologist-richard-gibbons-carolyn-bennett <p>Former Vatican ambassador Francis Rooney discusses his book, "Global Vatican"</p><p>Ornithologist Richard Gibbons talks the joys of Louisiana birdwatching, and his book, "The Birders Guide to Louisiana"</p><p>Carolyn Bennett, head of the Foundation for Historical Louisiana which is observing its 50th anniversary.</p><p></p><p><em>&nbsp;</em></p><p><em> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 14:55:25 +0000 Jim Engster 18396 at http://wrkf.org Vatican's Secretary Of State Says Celibacy Is An Open Question http://wrkf.org/post/vaticans-secretary-state-says-celibacy-open-question The Vatican's new secretary of state made some comments in an interview with a Venezuelan newspaper earlier this week that have surprised many.<p>Archbishop Pietro Parolin, whom Pope Francis appointed on Aug. Wed, 11 Sep 2013 19:10:00 +0000 editor 15998 at http://wrkf.org Vatican's Secretary Of State Says Celibacy Is An Open Question