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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.”

Ratzinger's retraction: the fruit of 42 years of theological maturation

Dec 4, 2014 - 03:16 pm .- News broke weeks ago that a new volume of Benedict XVI's collected works was being released in German with an updated version of a 1972 essay, which no longer suggests that the divorced and remarried can receive Communion, as it once did.

Priest swaps clerical hats with a 'sharp, healthy' Benedict XVI

Nov 12, 2014 - 11:49 am .- A priest who met and exchanged zucchettos with retired pontiff Benedict XVI last week marveled at the former pope's joy, mental clarity and good health.

Benedict could attend Paul VI beatification, spokesman reveals

Oct 6, 2014 - 02:22 pm .- Retired pontiff Benedict XVI may take part to Paul VI's beatification Mass Oct. 19, revealed Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press Office.  

Pope Francis calls Benedict XVI the ultimate 'grandfather'

Sep 28, 2014 - 10:10 am .- Retired pontiff Benedict XVI joined some 50,000 pilgrims in Saint Peter's Square on Sunday, Sept. 28 for a meeting between Pope Francis and elderly people from around the world.

Benedict XVI poses for first selfies

Sep 12, 2014 - 10:45 am .- The first “selfie” of retired pontiff Benedict XVI is making the rounds on social networks.

A refreshed Benedict XVI captivates students with homily

Aug 26, 2014 - 12:31 pm .- Participants in the annual Ratzinger “schulerkreis” study group were overjoyed at seeing the retired pontiff in good health, noting that they were deeply moved by his homily on the triumph of God's love.

Pope Francis visits Benedict XVI before trips, archbishop reveals

Aug 19, 2014 - 12:02 am .- Before any international trip Pope Francis visits Benedict XVI, a key Vatican archbishop revealed, noting the good relations between the two and how Pope Francis is carrying forward Benedict's vision.

Benedict XVI to concelebrate at canonization Mass

Apr 26, 2014 - 06:09 am .- The Holy See’s press office has announced that retired pontiff Benedict XVI will be a concelebrant at Sunday’s Mass and canonizations of John Paul II and John XXIII.

Benedict XVI: I knew during his life that John Paul II was a saint

Apr 23, 2014 - 12:47 pm .- In a rare interview, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI recalled his close friendship with Blessed John Paul II, saying that the pontiff’s sanctity and deep spirituality were apparent during his life.

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