Emeritus Pope Benedict Responds to Atheist; Pope Francis Travels to Sardinia


Pope Emeritus Benedict has been living quietly inside Vatican City, but this week he had a rare public statement. A newspaper published Benedict’s response to criticism from a prominent atheist. The retired pope defended his record on clergy sex abuse, saying he had never tried to cover up the crisis. Meanwhile, Benedict’s successor received a warm welcome during a trip to the island of Sardinia. Catholics around the world continue to shower Pope Francis with high praise.