World Cup influenced Benedict’s resignation

Mgr Georg Gänswein, aide to Benedict XVI, has said the Brazil World Cup hastened the pope’s resignation – because it meant that World Youth Day, which Benedict could not attend because he had been told not to take transatlantic flights, was held a year earlier.

Bishops ask Iraqi priests to return home

Chaldean bishops have said that clergy who left Iraq without permission raised doubts among the faithful and need to return home to regularise their status.

Vatican worried by regime’s nuclear tests

The Vatican has expressed “great concern” at tensions on the Korean peninsular following the fifth nuclear test by North Korea.

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