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Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square, March 14, 2018.

The theological formation of Pope Francis

Mar 17, 2018

By Elise Harris

A recent letter from Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has become the subject of controversy, after a Vatican office admitted to... Read more

St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City on June 19, 2014.

What the Church has done about sex abuse

Mar 4, 2016

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The movie Spotlight’s Best Picture win at the Academy Awards has brought renewed attention to the Catholic sex abuse scandals... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI celebrates the closing Mass of the Synod for the New Evangelization Oct 28, 2012.

Scholars: No, Benedict XVI doesn't support Kasper in Synod debates

Nov 25, 2014

By Carl Bunderson

A new volume of Benedict XVI's collected works includes an updated version of a 1972 essay in which he had... Read more

Pope Francis unveiled a new bust of Benedict XVI in the Vatican Gardens on Oct. 27, 2014.

Francis inaugurates bust of Benedict, emphasizes unity of faith, science

Oct 27, 2014

Addressing the Pontifical Academy of Sciences on Monday, Pope Francis unveiled a bust of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, lauding his... Read more

Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila. (File photo/CNA).

Denver archbishop: Year of Faith was a time 'to meet Jesus'

Nov 24, 2013

Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila of Denver says the end of the Year of Faith should encourage Catholics to continue to... Read more

Fr. Federico Lombardi speaks to the media at the Vatican press office on Feb. 11, 2013.

Vatican expected SNAP case against Benedict XVI to fail

Jun 14, 2013

The Vatican is not at all surprised the International Criminal Court rejected a request by an abuse victims’ advocacy group... Read more

Pope Francis welcomes Benedict XVI back to the Vatican at Mater Ecclesia monastery on May 2, 2013.

Pope Francis welcomes Benedict back to Vatican

May 2, 2013

Benedict XVI has returned to the Vatican after moving to the papal summer household outside of Rome to not interfere... Read more


Vatican TV documentary reveals Pope Francis' first words

Mar 27, 2013

The Vatican Television Center will release the documentary “Francesco” next week, providing an intimate look at the historic events that... Read more

Wael Salibi moved to Rome in September 2012. Photo courtesy of Wael Salibi.

Good Friday stations pray for Christian unity in Middle East

Mar 26, 2013

A Syrian Christian who fled the fighting in his country believes that the Good Friday Stations of the Cross at... Read more


Over 50,000 send messages of gratitude to Benedict XVI

Mar 11, 2013

A book containing more than 50,000 messages of gratitude to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has been delivered to the Apostolic... Read more


Book on Benedict XVI's final speeches planned

Mar 7, 2013

A book on all of Benedict XVI’s speeches from the moment he announced his resignation until his last day as... Read more


Benedict XVI's cobbler fondly remembers retired Pope

Mar 5, 2013

The man who is known around the world as “the Pope’s shoemaker” expressed sadness at the retirement of Pope Benedict... Read more

Pope Benedict says goodbye to the thousands of people who came to Castel Gandolfo to show their support.

Pope's last words: Thank you for your friendship and love

Feb 28, 2013

After the 15-minute helicopter trip to Castel Gandolfo, Pope Benedict XVI offered a word of thanks to the thousands of... Read more

Faithful in St. Peter's Square bid farewell to Pope Benedict XVI.

Pope leaves Vatican for Castel Gandolfo

Feb 28, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI has left the Vatican by helicopter and will soon arrive in the town of Castel Gandolfo where... Read more


Church bells ring out as Pope travels to Castel Gandolfo

Feb 28, 2013

On Thursday, Feb. 28, church bells in Rome and Albano rang out during the helicopter flight that took Pope Benedict... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI participates in a farewell audience with cardinals on Feb. 28, 2013 in the Clementine Hall.

Benedict XVI pledges respect, obedience to future Pope

Feb 28, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI surprised the cardinals and organizers of a Feb. 28 farewell ceremony by saying the future Pope is... Read more


Vatican Post Office issues stamp for Pope's resignation

Feb 28, 2013

The Vatican’s post office is issuing a special cancelation stamp to mark the end of Pope Benedict XVI’s papacy.  Read more

Cardinal Angelo Sodano greets Pope Benedict XVI in the Clementine Hall on Feb. 28, 2013.

Cardinals bid Pope farewell with hearts full of thanks

Feb 28, 2013

Echoing the disciples on the Road to Emmaus, Cardinal Angelo Sodano told Pope Benedict that the cardinals’ hearts “burned when... Read more

Bishop Jeffrey Monforton, bishop of Steubenville, celebrated Mass on the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter.

Catholic college students honor Pope Benedict's last days

Feb 28, 2013

Students at American Catholic universities are observing the end of Pope Benedict XVI’s papacy with special Masses, prayers and acts... Read more


Atheist Nobel prize winner mourns Pope's retirement

Feb 27, 2013

An atheist Peruvian author has praised the spiritual and intellectual stature of Pope Benedict XVI and said that his departure... Read more