Pope Benedict XVI

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Poem The News: Justin Bieber’s Birthday Cookie Cake Of Doom

Poem the News — Poetry about the news?! Are you MAD?! POETRY AND THE NEWS DON’T GO TOGETHER. You’re crazy! Yes, reader, yes I am. I am crazy. Read these poems. The submit your own.

03/08/2013

People crowd the gallery on top of St Peter's Basilica as a helicopter carrying Pope Benedict XVI passes by on its way out of Vatican City on February 28, 2013 in Rome, Italy. The Pontiff is flying to Castel Gandolfo where he will cease to be Pope at 8:00pm local time. Pope Benedict XVI has been the leader of the Catholic Church for eight years and is the first Pope to retire since 1415. He will stay at the Papal Summer residence of Castel Gandolfo until renovations are complete at a monastery in the grounds of the Vatican and will be known as  Roman pontiff emeritus or pope emeritus.  (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

Catholics Offer Benedict Prayers As He Officially Steps Down

Pope Benedict XVI ended his eight-year pontificate of the Catholic Church on Thursday, becoming the first pontiff in 600 years to resign.

02/28/2013

Cardinal George arrives in Rome on Tuesday--a day earlier than expected. (CBS)

Cardinal George Arrives In Rome, Prepares For Emotional Farewell

Cardinal George arrived in Rome on Tuesday to pay homage to the retiring Pope Benedict before turning the attention toward choosing a new leader of the Catholic church.

02/26/2013

Pope Benedict XVI delivers his annual 'state of the world' address to accredited ambassadors at the Regia Hall on January 7, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. During his address Pope Benedict XVI appealed for an end to the conflict in Syria which he described as being "torn apart by endless slaughter". (Photo by Stefano Carofei - Vatican Pool via Getty Images)

Pope’s Resignation A Shock For Many Catholics

Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to step down has surprised many Catholics around the world, including church leadership in Chicago.

CBS Chicago–02/11/2013

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SNAP President: New Vatican Guidelines Not Likely To Stop Priest Sex Abuse

The worldwide priest sex abuse scandal is the focus of a gathering of hundreds of Catholic bishops and priests in Rome this week. But the president of the Survivors’ Network of Those Abused by Priests calls it a PR maneuver.

WBBM Newsradio–02/08/2012

Cardinal Francis George speaks to reporters during a visit to Children's Memorial Hospital on Christmas Sunday. (Credit: CBS)

Cardinal George Doesn’t Want To Retire As Chicago’s Bishop Yet

Cardinal Francis George will be submitting a letter of retirement as Chicago’s archbishop to the Pope next month when he turns 75, but he said he hopes the Pope won’t accept it.

CBS Chicago–12/26/2011

Pope John Paul II (CBS)

Believe It: The Seat Belt Law Applies To Everyone

German police don’t care who you are — you have to wear a seat belt.

670 The Score–11/30/2011

A general view of St. Peter's Square during the John Paul II Beatification Ceremony held by Pope Benedict XVI on May 1, 2011 in Vatican City, Vatican. (Photo: Elisabetta Villa/Getty Images)

Chicagoans Attend Beatification For Pope John Paul II

Chicago’s polish community was overwhelmed with pride on Sunday as many made the pilgrimage to witness Pope John Paul II’s journey toward sainthood.

CBS Chicago–05/01/2011