• Pope Benedict XVI blesses blesses a baby at the end of his weekly general audience, in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012. Benedict has named six new cardinals, adding prelates from Lebanon, the Philippines, Nigeria, Colombia, India and the United States to the ranks of cardinals who will elect his successor. He made the surprise announcement during the audience and said they would be elevated at a consistory Nov. 24.

    The nominations help even out the geographic distribution of cardinals, which had tilted heavily toward Europe in general and Italy in particular.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 11, 2012, 1:30 AM EST
  • Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday characterized his trip to Beirut later this week as a pilgrimage for peace for the entire Middle East region and its anguished people.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 06, 2012, 6:00 PM EST