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Pope Benedict XVI is marking New Year's Day at a Mass in St. Peter's Basilica on a day the Vatican dedicates to world peace.Full story

PhotoBlog: Pope Benedict XVI delivers his Christmas Day message from St. Peter's Basilica

Pope Benedict XVI delivers the Christmas Day message from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City on Sunday. Full story

Vatican celebrates new Archdiocese of Los Angeles

  A special mass at St. Peter's Basilica welcomed hundreds of Southern Californians who travelled to the heart of the Catholic Church to honor Archbishop Jose Gomez. NBC's Kim Baldanado reports.

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  Pope's coffin exhumed for beatification

The coffin of Pope John Paul II was removed from the crypts below St. Peter's Basilica for viewing ahead of his beatification. TODAY.com's Dara Brown reports.

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epa02712322 Cardinal Camillo Ruini, right, followed by other Cardinals, touches the casket of late Pope John Paul II, laid out in state at the Altar of the Confession inside St. Peter's Basilica, at the end of a solemn celebration in St. Peter's Square where he was beatified by Pope Benedict XVI, Su

This sequence of images taken from amateur video obtained by APTN shows an unidentified woman jumping over a barrier and grabbing Pope Benedict XVI as a guard pulls her down, while the pope walks down the main aisle to begin Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City on Thursday, Dec

The coffin containing the body of Pope John Paul II is exhumed ahead of his beatification in the Vatican
The coffin containing the body of Pope John Paul II is exhumed ahead of his beatification in the Vatican

The coffin containing the body of Pope John Paul II is exhumed ahead of his beatification in the Vatican April 29, 2011. The Vatican said the coffin was removed from the crypt below St. Peter's Basilica while top Vatican officials and some of the late pope's closest aides looked and prayed. REUTERS