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Pope Benedict XVI in Clementine Hall on Oct 20, 2012.

Pope stresses Church's hope in young people

Feb 7, 2013

“The Church has confidence in the young” and needs their lively participation, Pope Benedict XVI insisted, while also underscoring the... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI holds his Wednesday general audience on Nov. 14, 2012 in Paul VI Hall.

Reason and love are behind Creation, Pope proclaims

Feb 6, 2013

Even with modern scientific advances, it is still right to speak of the beginning of life as “Creation” because the... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI gives the Angelus in St. Peter's Square Jan. 27, 2013.

Pope: Proclaim God's love with boldness

Feb 3, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday asked Christians to proclaim God’s love with “boldness, humility and coherence” like Jesus.    Read more

(L to R) Msgr. Segundo Tejado Mun?oz, Msgr. Giampetro Dal Toso, Cardinal Robert Sarah, Fr. Federico Lombardi, Michael Thio and his translator on Feb. 2, 2013.

Pope's Lent message: charity is extension of God's love

Feb 1, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI's message for Lent is that when people are open to God’s love, then they can “love with... Read more

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

Pope says Biblical view of God can help fatherhood crisis

Jan 30, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI said the Bible can help clarify the true meaning of being a father during his general audience... Read more

Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski presents the Pope's message for the World Day of the Sick on Jan. 29, 2013.

Pope's World Day of the Sick message in Arabic for first time

Jan 29, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI is having his message for this year's World Day of the Sick published in Arabic for the... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI at an April 2012 audience.

Pope examines society's acceptance of unstable relationships

Jan 28, 2013

As he spoke to the Church’s highest court, which often deals with issues related to marriage, Pope Benedict highlighted the... Read more

Pope Benedict tweets support for US pro-life rallies

Jan 25, 2013

Pope Benedict has sent a Twitter message expressing his solidarity with the hundreds of thousands of people marching in America... Read more

Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli.

Pope focuses on best way to use social media

Jan 24, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI has asked people to use social networking sites "responsibly" and "with respect," given the growing number of... Read more

Prof. Robert George.

Robert George warns of Catholic oppression over marriage

Jan 23, 2013

A Princeton law professor has predicted increasing persecution of Catholic teaching on sexuality, amid accusations by a New York scholar... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI blessing the lambs for the Feast of St. Agnes.

Pope Benedict celebrates St. Agnes with blessing of lambs

Jan 22, 2013

In a traditional ceremony marking the feast of Saint Agnes, Pope Benedict blessed a pair of lambs whose wool will... Read more

Bishop-designate David P. Talley.

Pope chooses new auxiliary bishop for Atlanta

Jan 3, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI has named Atlanta priest Monsignor David P. Talley, a convert to Catholicism, as the newest auxiliary bishop... Read more

Father Robert W. Oliver. Photo courtesy of Archdiocese of Boston.

Pope appoints Boston priest as Vatican's abuse investigator

Jan 2, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI has named Boston priest Father Robert W. Oliver as the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith’s... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI delivers his Nov. 14, 2012 general audience address in Paul VI Hall.

Jesus' birth should deepen trust in God, Pope teaches

Jan 2, 2013

The birth of Jesus causes joy because it gives us the certainty that God “works wonders in weakness,” Pope Benedict... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI. CNA file photo.

In Christmas message, Pope extends Christ's peace to the world

Dec 25, 2012

Pope Benedict outlined the power of faith and pointed to Christ coming in the flesh as the source of hope... Read more

Georg (L) and Joseph Ratzinger during their first Mass processional in Traunstein, Germany in 1951. Photo courtesy of Ignatius Press.

Pope's childhood letter to Baby Jesus shows his faith

Dec 21, 2012

A Christmas letter that Pope Benedict XVI wrote to Baby Jesus when he was seven years-old demonstrates his devotion to... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI signs his second encyclical "Spe Salvi."

In rare article, Pope asks Christians to reassess priorities at Christmas

Dec 20, 2012

The Dec. 20 edition of the Financial Times featured a rare article by Pope Benedict XVI in which he advises... Read more

Cardinal Emmanuel III Delly, Patriarch Emeritus of Babylon of the Chaldeans and former Primate of the Chaldean Catholic Church.

Pope accepts resignation of 85-year-old Chaldean Patriarch

Dec 19, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI on Dec. 19 accepted the resignation of Cardinal Emmanuel III Delly, head of the Chaldean Catholic Church,... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI gives the final blessing at the Nov. 14, 2012 general audience in Paul VI Hall.

Pope says faith includes trust in dark moments

Dec 19, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI continued his series of reflections on faith this Wednesday, saying that at times it includes an element... Read more

In this handout image supplied by the office of the Palestinian President, Pres. Mahmoud Abbas meets with Pope Benedict XVI in the Vatican on Dec. 17, 2012.

Palestinian president thanks Pope for his support

Dec 17, 2012

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met Dec. 17 with the Pope and expressed his thanks for the Holy See’s support after... Read more