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Benedict XVI to Francis: 'your goodness is a place where I feel protected'

Jun 28, 2016 - 06:22 am .- On Tuesday, Benedict XVI gave his second public speech since his final day as Pope, expressing gratitude for a lengthy priesthood and for Pope Francis' “goodness,” which he said moves him deeply.

Here's how Benedict XVI will celebrate his 65th anniversary as a priest

Jun 14, 2016 - 12:13 pm .- On June 29 Benedict XVI will celebrate the 65th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood – a milestone he will commemorate in a special ceremony with Pope Francis inside the Vatican’s apostolic palace.

How Benedict XVI's resignation changed the papacy

May 30, 2016 - 06:32 am .- When Pope emeritus Benedict XVI resigned as pontiff three years ago, he added a new dimension to the papacy, said his personal secretary Archbishop Georg Ganswein.

A new public appearance by Benedict XVI? Maybe so, his secretary reveals

May 23, 2016 - 11:49 am .- Former Pope Benedict XVI could appear in public once again on June 29, the 65th anniversary of his priestly ordination.

Vatican: recent stories about Benedict XVI and Fatima secrets are 'absolutely untrue'

May 21, 2016 - 09:40 am .- The Vatican announced today that recent articles claiming that Pope emeritus Benedict XVI said that the Third Secret of Fatima was not released in its entirety back in 2000 are “pure inventions” and “absolutely untrue.”

Pope Francis sends his greetings to Benedict XVI on his 89th birthday

Apr 17, 2016 - 02:38 pm .- Pope emeritus Benedict XVI celebrated his 89th birthday on Saturday, and received special greetings from Pope Francis.

Full text of Benedict XVI's recent, rare, and lengthy interview

Mar 17, 2016 - 11:50 am .- In a recently published interview on issues of justification and faith, Benedict XVI has addressed issues of mercy and our need for forgiveness, salvation through the cross, the necessity of baptism, and the importance of sharing in Christ's redeeming love.

The silent reform of Benedict XVI's papacy

Feb 11, 2016 - 02:29 pm .- In his new book on Benedict XVI, Vatican journalist Marco Mancini argues that while the retired pontiff became known for his shocking resignation three years ago, his real legacy began far earlier.

It’s time to rediscover God’s mercy, Pope says at Jubilee launch

Dec 8, 2015 - 04:50 am .- Pope Francis has officially commenced the Jubilee of Mercy, calling those who pass through the newly-opened Holy Door to rediscover God’s mercy and experience the mystery of his love.

Pope names first Catholic bishop to oversee Anglican ordinariate

Nov 24, 2015 - 07:56 am .- Pope Francis has appointed Msgr. Steven Lopes, a Catholic priest from California, as the new bishop who will head the Anglican Ordinariate in the United States and Canada.

After a two-week vacation, Benedict XVI heads back to Rome

Jul 14, 2015 - 12:09 pm .- With two restful weeks outside of the Vatican behind him and two honorary doctorates in hand, Benedict XVI has again returned to Rome, where he has a rare public event set for the summer.

Receiving awards, Benedict XVI credits witness of John Paul II

Jul 4, 2015 - 11:57 am .- After receiving an honorary doctorate from both the Pontifical John Paul II University of Krakow and the Krakow Academy of Music, retired pontiff Benedict XVI credited the saintly example of his predecessor for his spiritual and theological achievements.

Francis wishes Benedict XVI a good summer in Castel Gandolfo

Jun 30, 2015 - 11:13 am .- Before heading out for his two-week stay at the papal residence in Castel Gandolfo this summer, retired pontiff Benedict XVI received a 30 minute visit from Pope Francis, who wished him a pleasant stay.

Summorum Pontificum Conference celebrates Benedict XVI's liturgical legacy

Jun 19, 2015 - 07:07 am .- The fourth annual Summorum Pontificum Conference was held last Saturday in Rome to promote the understanding and use of the extraordinary form of the Roman rite, and to discuss the liturgical heritage of Benedict XVI.

Benedict XVI's summer plans – rare public events and a visit to Castel Gandolfo

Jun 16, 2015 - 11:07 am .- Benedict XVI’s summer is set to be the most active since he stepped down from the pontificate in 2013, with plans for participation in at least two public events and a two-week stay at the papal summer residence at Castel Gandolfo.

Will Francis build on Benedict's legacy when he visits the US?

May 17, 2015 - 06:02 am .- Pope Francis will remain within the tradition of previous papal visits to the U.S. when he comes to the east coast this autumn said Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento, who added that the Pope's voyage would build upon Benedict XVI's papacy if he addresses the environment.

On 88th birthday, Benedict XVI lauded for emphasis on mercy

Apr 16, 2015 - 11:49 am .- The Vatican official charged with organizing the upcoming Jubilee for Mercy says the topic was the “heart” of Benedict XVI’s pontificate, due to the emphasis he placed on love, which is lived out in mercy.

How Benedict XVI and his 'scandalous' hero speak to the modern crisis

Feb 15, 2015 - 05:05 pm .- Theological giants Benedict XVI and one of his heroes – the controversial Cardinal Jean Danielou – have been hailed for illuminating through their respective works the ever-relevant answer to a modern world in crisis: Jesus Christ.

Two years into retirement, the legacy of Father Benedict endures

Feb 11, 2015 - 12:00 pm .- Two years to the day since Pope Benedict XVI told the world of his historic decision to step down from the papal office, those impacted by his pontificate say that his legacy is still burning bright.  

The request of a retired pope – simply call me 'Father Benedict'

Dec 9, 2014 - 01:08 pm .- Rather than being called by his papal name “Benedict XVI,” the retired pontiff revealed that since his retirement he has wanted to return to his original priestly title and be called simply “Father Benedict.”

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