The timing of the revelation about homosexual allegations against the cardinal was brought forward for maximum impact.
The number who have resigned or retired in the pope's tenure add up to a surprising total.
The pope, who is now preparing to move temporarily to the Castel Gondolfo residence, will be known as pontiff emeritus.
Cardinal O'Brien recently called gay marriage "a grotesque subversion." Now he has resigned after priests accused him of making homosexual advances.
A scheme which enables local communities to offer and accept useful services from each other is growing nationwide.
Cardinal O'Brien's resignation prompts a regular, churchgoing Catholic to urge an end to hypocrisy and feigned surprise over gay priests.
In a weekend that saw the Pope talk of his need to immerse himself in prayer and meditation, the Vatican took the media to task for scandal mongering.
The Vatican's secretary of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts has carefully explained the papal voting procedure to reporters. At the foot of this article there is also a link to an excellent visual guide to how the conclave works.
The history and evolution of papal beards explored and discussed.
An Italian paper has reported unsubstantiated rumors of a homosexual network within the Vatican, uncovered in the 'Vatileaks' investigation.
A stage show about the founder of the Pentecostal church left critics unmoved and the theater empty.
Father Martin has come up with 12 reasons why he should be the one elected.