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Fr. Federico Lombardi speaks Feb. 11, 2013 about Pope Benedict XVI's resignation.

Pope considering changes to papal election rules

Feb 20, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI is considering modifying the laws that govern how a Pope is elected, given the circumstances created by... Read more

Pilgrims in St. Peter's Square for the May 1, 2011 beatification of Pope John Paul II.

Benedict XVI's crowds slightly larger than John Paul II's

Feb 20, 2013

The streets of Rome are beginning to fill with pilgrims coming to see Benedict XVI for one last time, bringing... Read more

Mother Angelica, Prioress of St. Mary of the Rosary Convent, gives an interview to CNA on Feb. 16, 2013.

Cloistered nun believes monastic life will extend Pope's reach

Feb 19, 2013

Pope Benedict’s decision to dedicate himself to a life of prayer will enable him to impact people who might not... Read more


Pope's brother says resignation is beneficial to Church

Feb 19, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI’s older brother explained that the pontiff’s decision to resign is good for the Body of Christ because... Read more

Fra' Matthew Festing, the 79th Prince and Grand Master of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, speaks with CNA at the Knights of Malta's headquarters in Rome on Feb 18.

Knights of Malta leader praises Pope's character

Feb 18, 2013

As Pope Benedict XVI serves his last days in office, the head of the Knights of Malta paid tribute to... Read more

Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi speaks to the Pontifical Council for Culture on Feb. 6, 2013.

Pope's retreat focuses on faces of God and man

Feb 18, 2013

Along with the rest of the Roman Curia, Pope Benedict XVI began his second day of spiritual exercises by reflecting... Read more

Paulist Father Francesco Cupello speaks to CNA in St. Peter's Square after Pope Benedict XVI's meeting with the priests of Rome in Paul VI Hall on Feb 14, 2013.

Rome priests react with sadness to Pope's resignation

Feb 15, 2013

After meeting with Pope Benedict on Thursday, priests from the Rome diocese said they are sad he is retiring and... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI discusses Vatican II with priests from the Rome diocese on Feb. 14, 2013.

Pope: media helped spread misinterpretations of Vatican II

Feb 14, 2013

By CNA Staff

Pope Benedict XVI said that many of the misinterpretations of the Second Vatican Council were caused by the media promoting... Read more

Archbishop Georg Ga?nswein stands behind Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter's Square.

Archbishop Ganswein plans to remain prefect of Papal Household

Feb 14, 2013

Archbishop Georg Ganswein will move with Pope Benedict XVI when he retires on Feb. 28, but he also intends to... Read more

A view of Mater Ecclesiae monastery, the place where Pope Benedict XVI will retire to a life of prayer.

Nun describes simplicity of Pope's retirement monastery

Feb 14, 2013

One of the nuns that lived in the monastery where the Pope will retire says his choice shows his “great... Read more


Benedictine abbot sees good reasons for moving Pope's Mass

Feb 13, 2013

Given the number of people that inevitably swarmed to the Holy Father’s last public Mass, Benedictine Abbot Nokter Wolf understands... Read more

Father Federico Lombardi addresses the press on Feb. 11, 2013 about Pope Benedict XVI's resignation.

Vatican releases schedule for Pope's final days

Feb 13, 2013

The last days of Pope Benedict XVI will include three public appearances, a meeting with the priests of Rome, Lenten... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI greets pilgrims during the Nov. 14, 2012 general audience in Paul VI Hall.

Pope: I can 'almost physically' feel prayers and love

Feb 13, 2013

Two days after saying he will resign, Pope Benedict XVI said that he has been able to feel, “almost physically,”... Read more

Greg Burke, Holy See's secretary of state media advisor.

Pope decided to resign after Cuba trip, Vatican advisor says

Feb 13, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to step down from his office was made soon after his trip to Mexico and Cuba... Read more

Paul Badde of Die Welt in Rome on Feb. 12, 2013.

Vatican expert thinks Pope timed resignation for Easter

Feb 12, 2013

Pope Benedict's resignation during Lent is no coincidence according to a Vatican expert who thinks the timing was tied to... Read more

Paul Badde of Die Welt speaks to CNA in Rome on Feb. 12, 2013.

German atheists suddenly respect Pope, says journalist

Feb 12, 2013

A German journalist and acquaintance of Pope Benedict XVI says atheists in their native country are more respectful of him... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI celebrates Mass in St. Peter's Basilica on Oct. 28, 2012.

Pope's last Mass will be on Ash Wednesday in St. Peter's

Feb 12, 2013

Amid the buzz created by the Pope’s announcement that he will retire, it could be easy to miss the fact... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter's Basilica during the consistory of cardinals Nov. 24, 2012.

Pope Benedict XVI cites waning strength as reason for resignation

Feb 11, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI told a gathering of cardinals Feb. 11 that he no longer has the strength to carry out... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI. CNA File photo.

Pope Benedict XVI announces his retirement

Feb 11, 2013

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

Pope Benedict XVI.

Trust in God's strength when you answer his call, Pope counsels

Feb 10, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI spoke about how Jesus calls his followers to believe in his power to overcome their sins so... Read more