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The Pope Resigns

The Pope

Pope Benedict said on Monday he will resign on February 28 because he no longer has the strength to fulfil the duties of his office, becoming the first pontiff since the Middle Ages to take such a step.

Vatican Hopes Secret Files Exonerate 'Hitler's Pope'

Colosseum Rome

Pius XII has long been vilified as "Hitler's pope", accused of failing publicly to condemn the genocide of Europe's Jews. Now a British author has unearthed extensive material that Vatican insiders believe will restore his reputation, revealing the part that he played in saving lives and opposing nazism.



George Osborne Interview

How Eurosceptics are stalling George Osborne's ride to No 10

George Osborne’s budget next week should be another triumphant staging post en route to the premiership, the job for which he has been preparing for more than a decade. Yet he will come to the dispatch box against the backdrop of a ferocious battle for the future of his party and Britain’s place in the world.