Archive for January 1, 2023

Pope Francis offers Mass for the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God in St. Peter's Basilica on Jan. 1, 2022.?w=200&h=150

By Katie Yoder

Why are the Solemnity of Mary and the World Day of Peace on the same day?

Jan. 1 marks more than the start of a new year — it is also the Solemnity of Mary, Mother... Read more

Archbishop Gänswein and Pope emeritus Benedict XVI.?w=200&h=150

By CNA Staff

WATCH: Benedict's longtime secretary, Archbishop Georg Gänswein, reflects on the late pope's life, legacy

One of the people closest to Benedict XVI granted an exclusive interview to EWTN last month. Read more

Pope Francis presides over the first papal Mass of the new year on Jan. 1, 2023, in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.?w=200&h=150

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis entrusts the late Benedict XVI to the Blessed Virgin Mary

At the first papal Mass of 2023, thousands of Catholics gathered in St. Peter’s Basilica prayed for the late Pope... Read more

The Vatican has released photographs of the body of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, who died on Dec. 31, 2022, at age 95.?w=200&h=150

By Hannah Brockhaus

Vatican shares first photos of Benedict XVI after death

The photos were taken at the Mater Ecclesiae Monastery, where the pope emeritus spent his retirement years and where he... Read more

Cardinal Thomas Collins.?w=200&h=150

By Michael Swan / Canadian Catholic News

Canadian Catholic leaders pay tribute to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

Cardinal Thomas Collins of Toronto, among other leaders, hailed the former pope as a model of inspiring discipleship and theological... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI wearing brilliant red shoes arrives to attend an interreligious gathering at the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center on April 17, 2008, in Washington, D.C.?w=200&h=150

By Katie Yoder

The story behind Pope Benedict XVI’s red shoes

Benedict’s choice of shoes stands out because his predecessor and successor — St. John Paul II and Pope Francis —... Read more

Pope Francis' Angelus message on Jan. 1, 2023, marked the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God. An estimated 40,000 people gathered in St. Peter's Square for the event.?w=200&h=150

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis: Let Mary teach you what to do in the new year

An estimated 40,000 people gathered in St. Peter's Square for the pope’s New Year’s Day Angelus reflection. Read more

Benedict XVI holds his final general audience, Feb. 27, 2013.?w=200&h=150

By Kevin J. Jones

Benedict XVI: thinker, preacher, saint? Scholars and former students discuss legacy

Some scholars and former students of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI raised the prospect of the late pontiff’s canonization and recognition... Read more

Benedict XVI greeted a fluffy black cat named Pushkin during his visit to the Birmingham Oratory established by St. John Henry Newman.?w=200&h=150

By Courtney Mares

Benedict XVI: A look back at the cat-loving pope’s favorite feline friends

The late pope emeritus had a great love for cats was known to feed the many cats that lived in... Read more

New cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan (L), Archbishop of New York, receives the biretta cap from Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter's Basilica on Feb. 18, 2012, in Vatican City, Vatican.?w=200&h=150

By Peter Pinedo

U.S. cardinals react to Benedict XVI’s death

A roundup of tributes from members of the College of Cardinals from the United States to the late pope. Read more

Reception of Pope Benedict XVI from Federal President Christian Wulff at Schloss Bellevue on Sept. 22, 2012, in Berlin, Germany.?w=200&h=150

By Zelda Caldwell,Courtney Mares

Here are the last words spoken by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

The retired pope spoke the words shortly after his longtime personal secretary Archbishop Georg Gänswein briefly stepped out of the... Read more

The future Supreme Knight Patrick E. Kelly greeting Pope Benedict XVI, April 5, 2008.?w=200&h=150

By Kevin J. Jones,Jonah McKeown

U.S. lay Catholic organizations mourn the loss of Pope Emeritus Benedict

Major U.S.-based lay Catholic groups expressed their gratitude for the late pope’s life and legacy. Read more