pope%20benedict%20xvi">Pope Benedict XVI advocates the creation of a Palestinian state.
Pope Benedict XVI says that only reconciliation can resolve the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian people.
In his first public statement since his resignation, former Pope Benedict XVI denies that he covered up child sexual abuse cases involving priests during his tenure.
Pope Benedict XVI announces his resignation, effective February 28 at 8pm CET (7pm UTC). He will become the first pope to resign since Gregory XII in 1415.
Pope John Paul II is beatified by Pope Benedict XVI in Saint Peter's Square, Rome.
Pope Benedict XVI declares two of his predecessors, John Paul II and Pius XII to be Venerable, the second step toward sainthood.