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Vatican analyst explores continuity of Francis, Benedict in book

Feb 12, 2014 - 06:55 am .- Andrea Gagliarducci has co-authored a new book recalling the period of Lent between Benedict XVI’s resignation and Pope Francis’ election, stating that there is strong coherence between the two pontiffs.

Journalist who broke news of resignation recalls her 'panic'

Feb 11, 2014 - 02:02 pm .- Vatican journalist Giovanna Chirri remembers her shock at Benedict XVI's resignation last year, and how she broke the news before he finished his announcement because she could understand Latin.

Pope Francis launches tweet to pray for Benedict XVI

Feb 11, 2014 - 03:16 am .- On the one year anniversary of Benedict XVI’s announcement of his decision to resign from the Petrine ministry, Pope Francis has sent a tweet, asking the world to join him in prayer for the retired pontiff.

Cardinal recalls shock of Benedict XVI's resignation

Feb 10, 2014 - 05:06 am .- One year later, Cardinal James Stafford reflects on the meeting where Benedict XVI announced that he was stepping down as Bishop of Rome, noting that it was an “unexpected” moment of “shock” for all.

Vatican: Rolling Stone article a display of 'superficial journalism'

Jan 30, 2014 - 05:07 am .- Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi has strongly criticized the tone of “crudeness” directed to Benedict XVI in a recent article published in the “Rolling Stone” magazine on Pope Francis.

Benedict XVI celebrates brother's 90th birthday with day of music

Jan 17, 2014 - 12:02 pm .- Retired pontiff Benedict XVI celebrated his brother Monsignor Georg Ratzinger's 90th birthday on Jan. 15 at the Vatican with a sung Mass and a simple concert.

Francis and Benedict linked in call for joyful priests

Dec 3, 2013 - 10:18 am .- At a presentation of a work by Benedict XVI on the priesthood, the head of the Vatican's doctrine office said that both Benedict and Pope Francis share a view on priestly vocation and the crisis it faces.

Friend says Benedict XVI's legacy marked by faith, reason link

Oct 30, 2013 - 10:34 am .- A noted French philosopher and friend of retired pontiff Benedict XVI reflected that the former Pope's greatest contribution during his pontificate could be how he addressed the rationality of belief.

Italy's Orvieto miracle inspires thousands during jubilee

Oct 7, 2013 - 06:49 am .- In light of the jubilee instituted by Benedict XVI in honor of the Eucharistic miracle in Orvieto, Italy, the number of pilgrims coming to the area has increased, deepening the faith of those who come.

Benedict could attend canonizations, Vatican spokesman says

Oct 1, 2013 - 01:03 pm .- The director of the Holy See’s Press Office announced that Benedict XVI could participate in the canonization ceremony next April for Blessed John Paul II and Blessed John XXIII.

Like Benedict, Pope Francis doesn't want Church of 'moralists'

Sep 26, 2013 - 02:08 am .- While Pope Francis’ mention of the Church’s priorities in a recent interview grabbed worldwide attention, few remember that Benedict XVI said substantially the same thing seven years ago.

'Papal bounce' credited for increase in British confessions

Sep 11, 2013 - 12:04 am .- Catholic clergy in England and Wales say more people are going to confession, and many credit both Pope Francis' election and Benedict XVI's 2010 papal visit for inspiring the trend.

Students of Benedict XVI gather for Mass, annual dialogue

Sep 3, 2013 - 02:06 pm .- Former students of Benedict XVI met for the first time without him this year for their annual “Schülerkreis” discussions, although they were able to see the former Pope briefly for Mass.

Benedict XVI's personal secretary debunks 'mystical experience'

Aug 27, 2013 - 08:59 am .- The retired pontiff's personal secretary said that the recent and widely circulated news story claiming that Benedict XVI stepped down after having a “mystical experience” is false.

Benedict XVI's students will meet to discuss God, secularism

Aug 21, 2013 - 10:22 am .- The annual meeting of Benedict XVI's students from his time at the University of Regensburg will gather next week to discuss “the question of God,” though the former Pope will not be joining them.

Vatican: Change of Popes 'intensified' World Youth Day

Jul 18, 2013 - 05:09 am .- A Vatican spokesman said the change of Popes which occurred from the announcement of World Youth Day to its fruition has caused some adaptations to the event for the new Roman Pontiff.

Cardinal Dolan recalls conclave experience in new book

Jul 3, 2013 - 04:09 pm .- In a new e-book, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan offers his personal insight into a momentous time in the Church's recent history, from the resignation of Benedict XVI to the election of Pope Francis.

Vatican lawyer not surprised by court's refusal to hear abuse case

Jun 18, 2013 - 12:04 am .- A dismissed request that the International Criminal Court investigate U.S. clergy sex abuse as a crime against humanity misunderstands the nature of the Catholic Church, the Vatican’s U.S. lawyer has said.

Pope confirms faith encyclical nearly done

Jun 13, 2013 - 10:44 am .- Pope Francis put aside his prepared remarks this morning and told members of the Synod of Bishops that the encyclical on faith is almost ready and the exhortation on evangelization will be finished before the Year of Faith is over.

Papal encyclicals expected on faith and poverty, bishop reveals

May 24, 2013 - 02:19 pm .- According to an Italian bishop, Benedict XVI is concluding work on what was to have been his encyclical on faith, and Pope Francis will be writing an encyclical on poverty.

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