Pope Benedict XVI

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Archbishop Georg Gänswein.

Gänswein: Benedict did not 'confirm' Vigano testimony

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s personal secretary said Tuesday that the former pope has not commented on a testimony released Saturday... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI on June 15, 2005 in Vatican City.

Benedict XVI talks resignation, Pope Francis in new book-length interview

Though he has rarely spoken since resigning from the papacy, Benedict XVI granted several lengthy interviews to German journalist Peter Seewald shortly... Read more

Spaghetti and sword featured in the Vatican Cookbook.

How Swiss Guards are bringing the Vatican to your kitchen

A native of Zurich, Switzerland, David Geisser was a chef prodigy.  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

Father Benedict (Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI) officially retired from the papacy two years ago today.

The Pope who became a pilgrim: Benedict's resignation remembered

Two years after his historic resignation from the papacy, Benedict XVI's presence continues to be felt by those around him... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI at the Wednesday general audience on Oct. 24, 2012.

Translator predicts Benedict XVI's legacy as a great teacher

A former translator of Benedict XVI has predicted that the retired pontiff’s legacy will only grow, given the “wonderful freshness”... Read more

Saint Thérèse of Lisieux

St. Therese devotees to launch Little Way social media campaign

Not long before he resigned, Pope Benedict XVI had written several times about the need for evangelization of the rapidly... Read more

Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan.

Recent Popes complement each other, Cardinal Dolan notes

Each of the last three Popes has had a different but complementary emphasis, highlighting different aspects of the faithful and... Read more

Painter Alexander Talbot Rice with his portrait of Benedict XVI.

Artist's faith grows through Benedict XVI portrait

A British artist who has painted the British royal family and Margaret Thatcher in person says his Christian faith “deepened”... Read more


Benedict XVI receives birthday greetings from Pope Francis

Pope Francis made a phone call on the morning of April 16 to wish a happy 86th birthday to his... Read more

Dr. John Jackson with wife Rebecca, founders of the Turin Shroud Center of Colorado, with a model of Christ's body based off of the shroud.

Benedict praised for Holy Saturday broadcast of Shroud

Benedict XVI's decision to allow a TV broadcast of the Shroud of Turin on March 30, Holy Saturday, has been... Read more

Art historian Elizabeth Lev.

Art historian says Benedict's 'way of beauty' will continue to flower

Pope Emeritus Benedict's emphasis on beauty as a means to encounter truth and grow in faith is one of the... Read more


Argentinian cardinal says God spoke through Pope Benedict

Cardinal Estanislao Esteban Karlic, the retired archbishop of Parana, Argentina, said that God used Benedict XVI’s resignation from the papacy... Read more


Cardinal says selecting new Pope is 'a great responsibility'

Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragan of Mexico, who participated in the conclave that elected Pope Benedict XVI, stressed the great responsibility... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI.

Beauty in liturgy the 'great legacy' of Benedict XVI

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI will be remembered in Church history for his work to recover the beauty of traditional liturgy,... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI's final address to the crowds at Castel Gandolfo Feb. 28, 2012.

US leaders voice thanks, support for Pope Emeritus

American Catholic political officials  and commentators have solemnly expressed their appreciation and prayers for Pope Benedict XVI as his resignation... 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

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