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Pope Benedict XVI's retirement package – the first the Vatican has offered in almost 600 years – is a sweet deal by the average American senior's standards.
The Vatican said that in retirement Pope Benedict XVI's will be known as "emeritus pope," and continue to wear a white cassock.
Pope Benedict XVI has changed the rules of the conclave that will elect his successor, allowing cardinals to move up the start date if all of them arrive in Rome before the usual 15-day transition between pontificates.
The conclave to choose Pope Benedict's successor could give the Roman Catholic Church a new leader by mid March, the Vatican said.
With attention turning from Europe to the "new" world, worshippers in the Philippines prayed quietly and took to social media on Tuesday in the hope their cardinal might be chosen as the next leader of the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics.
Pope Benedict left the Catholic world in shock after becoming the first pontiff since the Middle Ages to resign his office, saying that failing strength had left him unable to lead the church through a period of relentless change and turmoil.
Pope Benedict XVI has announced he will resign. NBC News Vatican analyst George Weigel and Cathy Ruse, Family Research Council senior fellow, provide perspective.
The latest odds on Pope Benedict XVI's successor.
Chester Gillis, Georgetown University professor, discusses the abdication of Pope Benedict XVI on February 28th.
Jessica Bridge from Ladbrokes puts odds on who will be the next pope.
CNBC's Claudia Pensotti reports on the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, the first Pope to resign in nearly 600 years.
Text of Pope Benedict XVI's abdication announcement, delivered to cardinals gathered for a ceremony to name three new saints.
Father Robert Sirico, Acton Institute, discusses the Pope's announced resignation at the end of the month and weighs in on likely candidates to replace the Pontiff.
According to a report circulating this morning, a Vatican spokesman said Pope Benedict XVI will resign at the end of the month. The Pope is stepping down due to health reasons, reports the "Squawk Box" news team.
As protests against a U.S. made anti-Islam video continue across the world, the president of Indonesia, which has the world’s largest Muslim population, seeks to reassure investors that all steps will be taken to ensure stability and promote economic growth in his country.
Main ultraconservative Islamist protesters climbed the walls of the U.S. embassy in Egypt's capital Tuesday to protest a video attacking Islam's prophet, Muhammad.
A fund that was set up to invest in line with Catholic beliefs is to close after its managers lost faith in its ability to attract investors, the Financial Times reports.
Young Muslims, one of the newest groups to make inroads in American finance, can face steep barriers to entry. The New York Times reports.
The next four decades will be full of the unexpected, since we live in an era of particularly rapid change. But Megachange is something to be embraced, not feared. Here's why.
Rick Santorum's brand of deeply conservative Catholicism makes him popular with evangelicals in Michigan, the Christian Science Monitor reports.