"We are on the Lord's team, the winning team," Pope Benedict told members of the College of Cardinals at the end of a luncheon he hosted to thank them for their friendship and support.
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Seventeen former Anglican priests were made deacons in one of the largest group ordinations in the modern history of the Catholic Church in Britain.
Addressing God as "Father" is an acknowledgement that God is the one who created, supports and guides humanity, Pope Benedict said.
A new analysis of allegations of abuse made against 98 priests over a 70-year period shows that the alleged abuse peaked in the 1980s.
To help bishops determine the credibility of alleged Marian apparitions, the Vatican has translated and published procedural rules from 1978 that had previously been available only in Latin.
The governing body of the Traditional Anglican Communion has suspended Archbishop John Hepworth, whose allegations that he was raped more than 40 years ago as a young Catholic priest by three other clerics were found to be unsubstantiated by investigators.
People walk past a chapel built by Los Zetas drug cartel founder Heriberto Lazcano in Pachuca, Mexico.
Bulgarian Orthodox priests stand in the Vatican's courtyard as Swiss Guards march behind them.
Andrew Tarnowski ("Magazine ratings undercut CCODP," WCR letters, May 21) makes a strong case for the care of money and uses the evaluations of a magazine that favours those who hold the pursuit of money in high esteem.
I think the real news story about President Obama supporting gay marriage is that even Obama had reservations about this for so long.