Archive for January 4, 2023

Church of the Holy Cross in the Archdiocese of Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia?w=200&h=150

By CNA Staff

Bolivia: Priest condemns police pursuit of protesters into church where they sought sanctuary

The pastor of Holy Cross parish in the Archdiocese of Santa Cruz de la Sierra in Bolivia said that a... Read more

Pope Francis gives his message during the weekly general audience in the Vatican's Paul VI Hall on Jan. 4, 2023?w=200&h=150

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis: Benedict XVI brought us to ‘encounter with Jesus’

Pope Francis began his message Jan. 4 with a reference to his predecessor, Benedict XVI, who died on Dec. 31. Read more

Screenshot of Joe Biden with then Pope Benedict XVI while he was Vice President.?w=200&h=150

By Courtney Mares

President Joe Biden will not attend Benedict XVI’s funeral

The Vatican’s press office has confirmed that only two official state delegations — from Italy and Germany — were invited... Read more


By Madeleine Teahan

Anglican Ordinariate converts express gratitude for Benedict XVI’s ‘prophetic’ vision of unity

The Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham was established in 2011 by Pope Benedict XVI to allow Anglicans to... Read more

Father Joseph Fessio with then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger during his 1999 visit to Ignatius Press?w=200&h=150

By Kevin J. Jones

Father Fessio on ‘Professor Ratzinger,’ the future Benedict XVI

Father Joseph Fessio, SJ, studied theology under Joseph Ratzinger and went on to found Ignatius Press, the main publisher of... Read more


By Peter Pinedo

FDA changes policy to allow abortion pills to be sold at pharmacies

The Food and Drug Administration officially changed its policy to allow pharmacies, such as CVS and Walgreens, to sell mifepristone.  Read more

Pope Benedict XVI?w=200&h=150

By Jude Atemanke

Catholic bishops in Africa recall ‘great self-sacrifice’ of Pope Benedict XVI

Writing on behalf of Catholic bishops in Africa, Congolese Cardinal Ambongo said Benedict XVI invited Africa to “trust in itself... Read more

Archbishop Michel Aupetit of Paris.?w=200&h=150

By Solène Tadié

Former archbishop of Paris under investigation for sexual assault is ‘outraged but serene’  

In a statement issued Jan. 3, the Archdiocese of Paris said it was not “able to verify whether the facts... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI during his arrival in the Lisbon airport on May 11, 2010?w=200&h=150

By Peter Pinedo

Benedict XVI’s theology summed up by his last words, says theologian

To theologian Chad Pecknold, the hallmark of all Benedict XVI’s teaching is “that encounter with Jesus Christ [that] is divine... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI leads the recitation of the Holy Rosary during a candlelight vigil at the Catholic shrine of Fatima in central Portugal, May 12, 2010.?w=200&h=150

By Joe Bukuras

Benedict XVI’s funeral: How to watch, what to expect

The funeral of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI will be held on Thursday in Rome in St. Peter’s Square at 9:30... Read more

Portugal’s President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, pictured Dec. 18, 2017?w=200&h=150

By Hannah Brockhaus

Portugal’s president unhappy with Vatican delegation restrictions for Benedict XVI funeral

President Marcelo Nuno Duarte Rebelo de Sousa has taken issue with the announcement that only Italy and Germany would have... Read more

U.S. President Joe Biden?w=200&h=150

By Kevin J. Jones

Biden says he ‘admired’ Pope Benedict, recalls conversation about Aquinas

President Joe Biden on Wednesday professed his admiration for the late Pope Benedict XVI, recalling their meeting in which they... Read more

A woman prays in St. Peter's Basilica on Jan. 4, 2023, during the final day that the body of the late Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is lying in state?w=200&h=150

By Peter Pinedo

Here’s how to pray the U.S. bishops’ special novena for Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

The novena asks God “to bestow his infinite mercy on the man who served the Church as Bishop of Rome.” Read more