SEARCH Search Results Francis believes his time as pope will be short Friday March 13, 2015 Pope Francis believes his pontificate will be short and that he would be ready to resign like his predecessor rather than ruling for life. Gay rights groups hail new Vatican document Monday October 13, 2014 A new Vatican document has signalled a major shift in the Catholic Church's stance towards gay people, saying they have "gifts and qualities to offer". Vatican car containing cocaine seized in France Tuesday September 16, 2014 The Vatican has been left red-faced after it emerged that a car bearing its diplomatic plates had been stopped in France with four kilogrammes of cocaine on board. Pope defrocked hundreds of priests over abuse Saturday January 18, 2014 The Vatican has revealed that 400 priests were defrocked during two years of the pontificate of now pope emeritus Benedict XVI for child sex abuse crimes. Pope Emeritus Benedict returns to the Vatican Thursday May 02, 2013 Benedict XVI has moved back to the Vatican opening an uncertain era in Catholic Church history where an "emeritus pope" and a ruling pontiff will live as neighbours for the first time. Pope Francis meets his predecessor Saturday March 23, 2013 An historic meeting has taken place between Pope Francis and his predecessor Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI near Rome. Vatican details Pope protocol after resignation Tuesday February 26, 2013 Pope Benedict will keep the honorific title of "His Holiness" after he abdicates and will be known as "pope emeritus," the Vatican has said.