Pope Benedict XVI

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Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington DC speaks during a press conference in the Vatican Press Office

Cardinal Wuerl thanks Pope for guidance and humble example

Pope Benedict’s eight years of service to the Church should leave the faithful filled with gratitude and renewed in both... Read more


Spanish bishop says Benedict is latest in line of holy Popes

Throughout the past century, God has blessed the Church with exceptional Popes, including Benedict XVI, said Bishop Demetrio Fernandez of... Read more

Catholics praying at Mass.

Poll finds strong approval for Pope Benedict, Catholic tradition

As the Feb. 28 resignation of Pope Benedict XVI approaches, the vast majority of U.S. Catholics have a favorable view... Read more

Msgr. Ignacio Barreiro, director of HLI's Rome office, holds a photo of himself with Pope Benedict during a Feb. 15, 2013 interview.

Catholic leaders say Pope will be remembered for marriage defense

Two leaders from one of the world’s largest pro-life groups think Pope Benedict XVI will be remembered for defending traditional... Read more

World Youth Day pilgrims from across the globe pack into Madrid's famous Cibeles Square to greet the Pope on August 18, 2011.

Young Catholics recall Pope's profound outreach

As Pope Benedict XVI prepares to conclude his duties as Holy Father, young Catholics are recalling his marked efforts to... Read more

Susan Hanssen, Associate Professor of History at the University of Dallas, and John Garvey, President of Catholic University of America.

Pope remembered for linking education, love of God

Pope Benedict XVI has left a lasting mark on Catholic education by showing how reason and knowledge can lead to... Read more


Mother who cooked for Pope recalls his paternal care

A woman who helped cook for the Pope during his visit to Spain in 2011 said the Holy Father looked... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI.

Pope says Lent is spiritual battle

Pope Benedict XVI used his second to last Angelus to tell thousands of pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square that... Read more


New Pope will be the one God wants, Spanish bishop says

The secretary general of the Spanish Bishops’ Conference defended Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to resign and said that the Holy... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI gives his Wednesday General Audience Nov. 21, 2012 in Paul VI Hall.

Pope urges conversion in face of modern temptations

After thanking everyone for their love and prayers since he announced his resignation, Pope Benedict XVI reflected on how modern... Read more


Bishops of Latin America united in prayer for Pope Benedict

The bishops of Latin America have voiced admiration for Pope Benedict XVI, calling his decision to resign from the papacy... Read more

Pilgrims from Brazil celebrate after the announcement of WYD2013 in Rio de Janeiro.

New Pope will attend World Youth Day, Rio archbishop confirms

Amid news of Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation, the archbishop of Rio de Janeiro said the new Pope elected in the... Read more

Supreme Knight Carl Anderson.

Lay Catholics voice gratitude for 'inspired' Pope

Prominent lay Catholics reacted with surprise and sorrow to Pope Benedict XVI's announcement that he will resign the papacy, but... Read more


Orthodox bishop lauds Pope for building good relations

A leading bishop of the Russian Orthodox Church said that Pope Benedict's papacy has been the occasion of a “positive... Read more

President Barack Obama. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza.

Politicians react to Pope's retirement with surprise, thanksgiving

Political leaders in the United States offered their prayers and respect upon learning of Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to retire... Read more

Young people from the Centro San Lorenzo walk into St. Peter's Square with the World Youth Day Cross to pray a rosary for the Pope.

Youth gather to pray for Pope, recall his loving guidance

A group of young adults at the Vatican called Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to resign “humble” and “brave,” adding that... Read more

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

American bishops thank Pope for service, love of Church

Numerous American bishops voiced their gratitude to Pope Benedict for his nearly 8 years of service as Bishop of Rome,... Read more

Cardinal Angelo Sodano addresses the Consitory of Cardinals Feb. 11, 2013 where Pope Benedict announced his retirement.

'Your pontificate will shine like a star,' head cardinal tells Pope

Cardinal Angelo Sodano, the dean of the College of Cardinals, told Pope Benedict XVI that his pontificate will always shine... Read more


Benedict XVI plans life of prayer after retirement

After Pope Benedict XVI retires at the end of February he will dedicate himself to a life of prayer and... Read more

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

Papal resignation is rare historical event

On Feb. 11, Pope Benedict made it public that he will step down from his role as head of the... Read more