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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

Pope Benedict XVI

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

Pope Benedict XVI greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during his inaugural Mass April 24, 2005, as the Catholic Church's 265th pope.

LIVE UPDATES: Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI dies at age 95

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, a leading theologian of the 20th century, has died at the age of 95. Follow here... Read more

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Benedict XVI’s funeral: Here's what Catholics need to know

Dec 31, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Vatican has announced details about the funeral arrangements for Pope Benedict XVI. Read more

Pope Benedict XVI at World Youth Day in Cologne, Germany in 2005.

PHOTOS: Key moments from Benedict XVI’s papacy

Dec 31, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

A snapshot of Benedict XVI’s papacy in photos. Read more

Pope Benedict XVI greets the pilgrims during his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican on Oct. 26, 2006.

A timeline of Pope Benedict XVI’s extraordinary life

Dec 31, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Pope Benedict XVI led an extraordinary life that included a wartime childhood in Nazi Germany, a key role at the... Read more

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Benedict XVI dead at 95: The ‘humble worker’ and his legacy of hope to the Catholic Church

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has died at the age of 95, bringing to a close the momentous life of a... Read more

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI died on Dec. 31, 2022, at age 95.

BREAKING: Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI dies at age 95

Dec 31, 2022

By Matthew Bunson, AC Wimmer

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, a leading theologian of the 20th century and the first pope to resign from office in... Read more

Catholics attending a special Mass for Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI at the Lateran Basilica in Rome, Dec. 30, 2022.

‘Trust in Providence’: Faithful pray for Benedict XVI at special Mass in Rome

Dec 30, 2022

By AC Wimmer

In a special Mass for Benedict XVI at the Basilica of St. John Lateran on Friday afternoon, the faithful joined... Read more

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

Vatican: Benedict XVI has rested well, his condition is stable

Dec 30, 2022

By AC Wimmer

The Vatican said on Friday that Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI had rested well and that his condition was unchanged. Read more

A detail of Tsarkova’s painting showing Benedict XVI’s pectoral cross, his fisherman’s ring, and his rosary.

Benedict’s serious illness raises questions about pope emeritus protocols

Dec 29, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The end of a reigning pope’s life is observed by a series of very well-timed and well-understood rites. But what... Read more

Cardinal Angelo De Donatis

Rome Diocese to offer Mass for Benedict XVI

Dec 29, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

“Let us accompany our dear bishop emeritus in his moment of suffering and trial,” Cardinal De Donatis said. Read more

Pope Benedict XVI greets the pilgrims during his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican on Oct. 26, 2006.

Vatican: Benedict XVI’s condition serious but stable

Dec 29, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

“Although his condition remains serious, the situation at the moment is stable,” the Vatican said on Thursday. Read more

Pope Francis waves during the weekly general audience in the Vatican's Paul VI Hall on Dec. 28, 2022.

Pope Francis on St. Francis de Sales: He taught that ‘devotion is meant for everyone’

Dec 28, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

“I find that his flexibility and his far-sighted vision have much to say to us.” Read more