News that Pope Benedict is to quit seems to have taken everyone by surprise — even the Catholic church in England told reporters that they were “looking into reports to establish whether they were true”. In a statement, the 85 year-old, whose birth name is Joseph Ratzinger, said he was quitting owing to his “advanced […]
The Independent columnist speaks to marchers at a rally against the Vatican’s position on condoms, homosexuality, women’s rights and child abuse scandal on Saturday:
Notwithstanding protests at Pope Benedict XIV’s conservatism, should he heed the advice of his aides perhaps His Holiness might appear a little more open-minded than many of us thought. Should an intelligent alien race be discovered, Vatican astronomer Guy Consolmagno would not only be welcoming of the new immigrants but would be more than happy to […]
It may be a case of “tweet in haste, repent at leisure” for Channel 4 News’ chief correspondent Alex Thompson (@alextomo): Oh, noes! Thompson isn’t the first (and won’t be the last) person wishing he could grab his words back from the ether: At least he doesn’t work for the BBC.