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Vatican to publish private homilies of Pope Benedict XVI

Dec 27, 2023

By Daniel Payne

The Vatican Publishing House said this month that it intends to release a book of about 130 homilies given by... Read more

Archbishop Georg Gänswein was the personal secretary of the late Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

Event in Spain headlined by Archbishop Gänswein abruptly canceled

Oct 19, 2023

By Nicolás de Cárdenas

The Fundación Universitaria Española surprisingly canceled an event announced weeks ago that was going to feature Benedict XVI’s personal secretary. Read more

Bishop Ignatius Kung Pin-Mei in 1949.

A profile in courage: Cardinal Kung and Catholic resistance in Shanghai  

Sep 8, 2023

By Matthew Santucci

Nearly 70 years after his arrest, Cardinal Ignatius Kung is remembered as he preached fidelity to the successor of Peter... Read more

Henri de Lubac

French bishops vote to open sainthood cause of Henri de Lubac

Apr 1, 2023

By Courtney Mares

Henri de Lubac is considered by many to be one of the most important theologians of the 20th century. Read more

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger at the Easter Vigil in St. Peter's Basilica on March 26, 2005, in Vatican City.

God, creation, and humanity: The ‘lost lectures’ of Benedict XVI collected in new book

Feb 19, 2023

By Kevin J. Jones

Six lectures of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger were almost lost forever. But now, they have been collected in a new Ignatius... Read more


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

Natalia Tsarkova works on a portrait of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI in her studio in central Rome.

From ‘real life’: Papal artist unveils painting of Benedict XVI as pope emeritus

Nov 3, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

The artist unveiled the painting, which took four years to create, during a ceremony on Nov. 3 in Palazzo Cesi,... Read more

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

Former Vatican spokesman: Benedict XVI is ready to meet the Lord

Aug 24, 2022

By CNA Staff

Father Federico Lombardi said in an interview with the Italian newspaper Avvenire that Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is ready for... Read more

Archbishop Gänswein and Pope emeritus Benedict XVI

Archbishop Gänswein moved to tears over Benedict XVI's comment about journey to heaven

Jul 5, 2022

By CNA Staff

The pope emeritus’ personal secretary recalled the words during a June celebration organized by the Joseph Ratzinger/Pope Benedict XVI Foundation... Read more

Pope Francis greets Benedict XVI at the Vatican’s Mater Ecclesiae Monastery on Nov. 28, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media.

Pope Francis thanks Benedict XVI on his 70th ordination anniversary

Jun 29, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis called the pope emeritus “the contemplative of the Vatican.” Read more

Archbishop Georg Gänswein at the exposition in Rome.

Exhibit commemorating Benedict XVI’s 70 years as a priest opens in Rome

Jun 28, 2021

By ACI Prensa

Benedict XVI's personal secretary, Archbishop Georg Ganswein, inaugurated an exhibition in Rome to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Joseph Ratzinger’s... Read more

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI on April 7, 2012.

Ahead of synod, alumni of Benedict XVI express concerns about married priesthood

Sep 28, 2019

Just days before the Amazon synod of bishops is to convene in Rome, a symposium of students of Pope Emeritus... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI on Aug. 28, 2010.

Ratzinger Foundation unveils new prize, announces American winners

Sep 26, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Vatican’s Joseph Ratzinger Foundation unveiled a new prize called “Expanding Reason,” aimed at promoting dialogue between the sciences and... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI on Aug. 28, 2010.

Here's what Benedict XVI's former students will discuss next month

Aug 30, 2017

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The persecution and martyrdom of Christians will be the topic of discussion at an annual gathering of Pope Benedict XVI’s... Read more

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI in 2010.

In Rome, a new generation of Benedict XVI scholars is on the rise

Mar 2, 2017

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The theological legacy of Benedict XVI continues, four years after his pontificate came to an end.  Read more

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI in 2010.

Benedict XVI's students to discuss spiritual crisis in Europe at annual meeting

Aug 19, 2016

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The annual meeting of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI's former students will discuss Europe's spiritual crisis during their gathering later this... Read more

Benedict XVI holds his final General Audience, Feb. 27, 2013.

A master's degree in the works of Benedict XVI? Yep, it's happening

May 9, 2016

No Catholic who wants to take an in-depth look into the faith and the reality of the Church of our... Read more

Benedict XVI at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, Sept. 11, 2005.

Latest Ratzinger Prizes highlight Lebanese and Brazilian gifts to theology

Nov 18, 2015

A Brazilian priest and a Lebanese scholar were awarded on Monday the 2015 Ratzinger Prizes, in recognition of their work... Read more

Benedict XVI says Mass at the chapel of the Vatican's Teutonic Cemetery for his former students at their annual gathering, Aug. 30, 2015.

Benedict XVI: God's truth, love, and goodness are what make us pure

Sep 1, 2015

By Andrea Gagliarducci

When Benedict XVI said Mass on Sunday for the annual meeting of his former students, his homily focused on how... Read more

Cover of Hajime Konno's "Benedict XVI: the Renewal of Christian Europe."

Benedict XVI and Christian Europe, as seen by a Japanese scholar

Aug 14, 2015

By Kevin J. Jones

Benedict XVI’s role in Europe is the focus of a Japanese scholar who says the Pope emeritus’ recent decades show... Read more