Pope Emeritus Benedict

The Latest

Pope Francis with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI at the Monastery of Mater Ecclesiae in Vatican City on June 30, 2015.

Why did Pope Francis visit Benedict XVI? To say happy birthday!

Early Easter greetings and birthday wishes were the reason for Pope Francis’ visit with Pope emeritus Benedict XVI on Wednesday.  Read more

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

Benedict XVI tells EWTN: 'Thank you for your work'

Members of EWTN’s Rome Bureau on Friday met Benedict XVI in the Vatican Gardens to explain their work and thank... Read more

Pope Francis with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI at the Monastery of Mater Ecclesiae in Vatican City on June 30, 2015.

Benedict XVI will attend Holy Door opening at Vatican to start Year of Mercy

The Vatican has announced Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI will take part in the official inauguration of the Jubilee of Mercy... Read more

Pope Francis embraces a new cardinal at the Feb. 22 consistory, February 22, 2014.

'The Church needs your courage,' Pope tells new cardinals

During the Saturday morning consistory at which Pope Francis created 19 new Cardinals, he urged the prelates gathered in St.... Read more

Father Michael P. Gallagher discusses Pope Benedict's decision in a Feb. 25 interview with CNA.

Vatileaks not at center of Pope's decision, priest states

An Irish theologian who is familiar with the life and thought of Pope Benedict XVI says his decision to resign... Read more


Young people across globe thank Pope in video

A group of young people from Madrid have posted a two-minute video online with international messages thanking  Pope Benedict XVI... Read more

Next Pope can still be 'Pontifex' on Twitter

The Vatican has dispelled claims that Pope Benedict XVI's “Pontifex” Twitter account will be shut down permanently, clarifying that it... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI gives the final blessing at the Nov. 14, 2012 general audience.

Pope Benedict chooses his new wardrobe

Pope Benedict has decided what he will wear once he is no longer Pope – a simple white cassock, and... Read more

Father Federico Lombardi speaks to the media at the Vatican press office.

Pope Benedict's new name revealed

The Holy See press office revealed today that Pope Benedict XVI will retain his papal name but will be called... Read more


Benedict XVI plans life of prayer after retirement

After Pope Benedict XVI retires at the end of February he will dedicate himself to a life of prayer and... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI. CNA File photo.

Pope Benedict XVI announces his retirement

Pope Benedict XVI announced today that he will resign from his duties as Pope on February 28th, 2013.  Read more