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Pope Benedict XVI arrives in St. Peter's Square in the Vatican for the Oct. 21, 2012, canonization ceremony for Jacques Berthieu, Pedro Calungsod, Giovanni Battista Piamarta, Maria Carmen Salles y Barangueras, Marianne Cope, Caterina (Kateri) Tekakwitha, and Anna Schaffer.

Meet 7 of the best-known saints canonized by Pope Benedict XVI

Jan 2, 2023

By Maisy Sullivan

During his pontificate, Pope Benedict XVI beatified 870 people and canonized a total of 45 saints. Read more

Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict embrace each other at the Vatican's Mater Ecclesiae Monastery, June 30, 2015.

The relationship between Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and Pope Francis

Jan 2, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis visited Benedict frequently, including a final time three days before the pope emeritus' death. Read more

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Five quotes from Pope Benedict XVI on faith

Jan 2, 2023

By Joe Bukuras

Pope Benedict XVI’s death marks the end of an era in which the prolific writer and speaker conveyed his reflections... Read more

Juan Luis Tron (second from left) and Maria Magdalene Baca (second from right) together with other young people from the Regnum Christi movement wait outside St. Peter's Basilica on Jan. 2, 2023, to pay their respects to the late Pope Benedict XVI, who died Dec. 31, 2022.

‘We love Benedict’: Catholics flock to the Vatican to say goodbye to Benedict XVI

Jan 2, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

Approximately 40,000 people visited Benedict XVI in the first five hours he was lying in state on Monday, according to... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI visits the tomb of the late Pope John Paul II in the grotto beneath St. Peter's Basilica after a meeting with young Catholics, in preparation of the XXI World Youth Day at the Vatican April 6, 2006.

Benedict XVI to be buried in first tomb of Pope John Paul II

Jan 2, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

Benedict XVI’s coffin will be carried to the crypt under the central part of St. Peter’s Basilica for interment after... Read more

Archbishop Georg Gänswein, the longtime personal secretary of Benedict XVI, greets Italy's Prime Minister, Giorgia Meloni, on Jan. 2, 2023, at St. Peter's Basilica, where Benedict is lying in state.

Benedict XVI’s funeral: Only 2 countries will send official delegations

Jan 2, 2023

By Kelsey Wicks

The Holy See’s announcement that delegations from Italy and Germany will attend the funeral answers one of the questions surrounding... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI announced his intention to resign the papacy during a meeting of cardinals Feb. 11, 2013. The surprise announcement, which he made in Latin, took place in the Hall of the Consistory in the Vatican's apostolic palace.

In stepping down, Benedict XVI carved out new role as ‘contemplative’ pope

Jan 2, 2023

By Zelda Caldwell

On Feb. 11, 2013, Pope Benedict XVI dropped a bombshell. Read more

Cardinal Mauro Gambetti, the archpriest of St. Peter’s Basilica, presided over a brief ritual upon the arrival of Benedict XVI’s body in St. Peter's Basilica on Jan. 2, 2023, sprinkling the body with holy water and offering prayers for the repose of his soul.

VIDEO AND PHOTOS: Thousands gather to pay final respects to body of Benedict XVI

The mortal remains of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI will lie in state in St. Peter’s Basilica through Jan. 4. Read more

Benedict XVI holds his final general audience, Feb. 27, 2013.

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

Jan 1, 2023

By Kevin J. Jones

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

Reception of Pope Benedict XVI from Federal President Christian Wulff at Schloss Bellevue on Sept. 22, 2012, in Berlin, Germany.

Here are the last words spoken by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

Jan 1, 2023

By Zelda Caldwell, Courtney Mares

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

Benedict XVI greeted a fluffy black cat named Pushkin during his visit to the Birmingham Oratory established by St. John Henry Newman.

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

Jan 1, 2023

By Courtney Mares

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

The story behind Pope Benedict XVI’s red shoes

Jan 1, 2023

By Katie Yoder

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.

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

Jan 1, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

The Vatican has released photographs of the body of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, who died on Dec. 31, 2022, at age 95.

Vatican shares first photos of Benedict XVI after death

Jan 1, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

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

Jan 1, 2023

By Courtney Mares

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

Archbishop Gänswein and Pope emeritus Benedict XVI.

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

Jan 1, 2023

By CNA Staff

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

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Benedict’s XVI’s spiritual testament underlines ‘the reasonableness of faith’

Dec 31, 2022

By Courtney Mares

In the final thoughts he wished to share with the Church, Benedict XVI wrote: “Do not let yourselves be confused!” Read more

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FULL TEXT: Benedict XVI shares his final thoughts with the Church

Dec 31, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Each pope writes a spiritual testament to be made public only after his death. This is Benedict XVI’s. Read more

Pope Francis presides at the end of year Vespers and Te Deum prayer at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome on Dec. 31, 2022.

Pope Francis gives thanks to God for Benedict XVI’s sacrifices for the Church

Dec 31, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus, Courtney Mares

Pope Francis gave thanks for the good works and sacrifices of Benedict XVI, hours after the pope emeritus’ death on... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI visits the tomb of the late Pope John Paul II in the grotto beneath St. Peter's Basilica after a meeting with young Catholics, in preparation of the XXI World Youth Day at the Vatican April 6, 2006.

Benedict XVI’s final resting place decided: He will be buried in Vatican crypt

Dec 31, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

The tombs in the Vatican crypt are close to the remains of the Catholic Church’s first pope, St. Peter the... Read more