Pope Benedict

The Francis Effect: Hamming Up the Holy See With Papal Wit And Holy Writ

Nick Fouche | Posted 09.05.2016 | UK
Nick Fouche

Whether as populist-opportunist or pastor bonis, what remains clear to us is that Francis already grasped this development early on in his pontificate when few would have argued with the idea that Jesus can be far more effectively sold today through web clicks and profile page ratings - a notion which aptly coincides with the current requirement to package a more hip holiness for mass consumption.

Thomas Gray and Horace Walpole, on the Grand Tour, Spread News of a Papal Election, 1739/1740

Robert McNamee | Posted 06.05.2013 | UK
Robert McNamee

On Sunday, 29 March 1739, two young men, aspiring authors and student friends from Eton College and Cambridge, departed Dover for the Continent.

WATCH: How The New Pope Is Chosen - A Handy Video Guide

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.03.2013 | UK Comedy

What really happens in the papal conclave? What rituals must the new Pope go through? All is revealed in our handy video guide above! (Created for ...

How Do You Pick a Pope?

Ben Blaine | Posted 26.04.2013 | UK Comedy
Ben Blaine

The transition between leaders of any movement is always hard to achieve. An audience gets used to a certain style and it's always tough to know when to go for more of the same and when to throw in something fresh.

'I Beg You To Continue Praying For Me'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.02.2013 | UK

Pope Benedict XVI blessed 50,000 followers from his window overlooking St Peter's Square on Sunday, in his first public appearance there since announc...

Caroline Frost

DOCUMENTARY: Sex, Lies And The Catholic Church, The Very Week Pope Benedict Resigns...

HuffingtonPost.com | Caroline Frost | Posted 13.02.2013 | UK Entertainment

Alex Gibney must be wondering what strange influence he wields from his documentary-making fingertips. The last few weeks have seen the premiere of...

Benedict XVI's Resignation Undoes the Damage of John Paul II's Final Period

Jonathan Romain | Posted 13.04.2013 | UK
Jonathan Romain

By resigning, rather than dying in office, Pope Benedict has at last earned his place in the history books alongside his predecessor, making a unique contribution that no one could have imagined.

Pope Benedict Resigns: Full Statement From Vatican

Posted 13.04.2013 | UK

Here is the full text of the Pope's resignation statement Dear Brothers, I have convoked you to this Consistory, not only for the three canoniza...

Pope Launches Latin Twitter Account

Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.01.2013 | UK

Pope Benedict has tweeted in Latin for the first time on Sunday, using an ancient language which Vatican officials claim is perfect for Twitter. Th...

'VatiLeaks' Butler Given Christmas Pardon By Pope

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.12.2012 | UK

In the spirit of the season of goodwill Pope Benedict XVI has granted a Christmas pardon to his former butler and close companion Paolo Gabriele, who ...

'No One Will Put Words In His Mouth.. He'll Tweet What He Wants'

Posted 03.12.2012 | UK

In a wholly modern venture, Pope Benedict XVI has joined Twitter - using the handle @pontifex. Greg Burke, senior media advisor to the Vatican, ex...

Pope's Butler Accuses 20 Whistleblowers Of 'VatiLeaks' Corruption Scandal

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 05.09.2012 | UK

The man reportedly behind the "VatiLeaks" scandal of hundreds of leaked Catholic documents, has claimed that more than 20 whistleblowers were involved...

Pope's Former Butler On Trial For Vatican 'Thefts'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.08.2012 | UK

The Roman Catholic Pope's former butler is to stand trial on allegations he stole documents from the pontiff's private house and leaked them to the pr...

Vatican Hires Opus Dei Fox News Reporter To Help Holy Image

Huffington Post UK | Felicity Morse | Posted 24.06.2012 | UK

Pope Benedict has hired a reporter from Fox News as its head of communications amid the Catholic institution's 'Vatileaks' scandal. The 52-year-old...

Government Sends A Muslim And Two Gay Men To The Vatican

PA/The Huffington Post | Posted 14.04.2012 | UK Politics

Religion must be given a greater role in public life to push back a wave of "intolerant secularisation", Cabinet minister Baroness Warsi will argue du...

Plot 'To Kill Pope': Benedict XVI 'Dead Within 12 Months', Memo Predicts

The Huffington Post UK | Cosima Ungaro | Posted 10.02.2012 | UK

An Italian newspaper has leaked what it claims is a classified document detailing a discussion about an assassination plot against Pope Benedict XVI. ...

Popes And Vile Tongues

Simon Napier-Bell | Posted 18.03.2012 | UK Entertainment
Simon Napier-Bell

Last week, the odious piety of Pope Benedict was again on display as he canted about the evils of homosexuality. While addressing the diplomatic corps at the Vatican, he said gay marriage could undermine "the future of humanity itself".