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Pope's resignation invokes sadness, gratitude from US bishops

The U.S. bishops voiced sorrow over the news of Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation, as well as appreciation for his eight... 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

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

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Pope Benedict XVI announces his retirement

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

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

Pope gives new cardinals their Curia positions

The newest cardinals in the Church received their secondary assignments today from Pope Benedict XVI, indicating how he best thinks... Read more

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Author cheers Pope's 'flurry' of social media outreach

A Catholic author and blogger says Pope Benedict's use of social networking has given the Church an example of how... Read more

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Liturgy teaches us to hear God's voice, Pope reflects

Pope Benedict XVI told thousands gathered in St. Peter's square Jan. 27 that marking Sunday as a day of rest... Read more

Msgr. Francis Kelly is installed as a Canon of St. Peter's Basilica on Jan. 20, 2013.

Pope selects American priest for rare St. Peter's job

For the first time in the 21st century, Pope Benedict XVI has made an American priest a canon of St.... Read more


New journalism program launched amid Pope's Twitter success

A pontifical university in Rome is launching a new digital journalism program on Feb. 14 as widespread response to Pope... Read more

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

Desire to see God's face fulfilled in Christ, Pope affirms

Pope Benedict examined salvation history as the story of man's relationship with and thirst for God at his general audience... Read more

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

Pope calls the Incarnation God's gift to mankind

Pope Benedict reflected on the mystery of the Incarnation during his general audience Jan. 9, calling it the “original gift... Read more

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'You are not alone,' Pope tells those suffering from sickness

Ahead of the World Day of the Sick, Pope Benedict XVI expressed his closeness to those with illnesses and reaffirmed... Read more


Benedict XVI will see Christ statue from the air during WYD

Pope Benedict XVI will get a bird’s eye view of the famous Christ the Redeemer statue that overlooks Rio de... Read more

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Pope 'deeply saddened' by Connecticut shooting

The Pope expressed sorrow over the Sandy Hook school shooting that massacred 20 children and offered prayers for the victims'... Read more

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Pope says truth, not relativism, is source of non-violence

Pope Benedict XVI told a group of Catholic theological leaders that commitment to objective truth is not a cause for... Read more


Vatican office to launch Pope smartphone app

The president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, announced that his office is designing a... Read more

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Jesus Christ is constant in transient world, Pope says

During his Sunday Angelus remarks at the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI said that the Sunday gospel reading about the passing... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI and his new book "Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives."

Benedict XVI's final book on Jesus coming out next week

Pope Benedict's latest book on Christ, which focuses on his infancy, will be published in the United States Nov. 21.  Read more

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

Pope urges respect for rights of migrants, refugees

The Vatican has released Pope Benedict's message for the upcoming ninety-ninth World Day of Migrants and Refugees, in which he... Read more

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US bishop thanks Pope for approving unborn blessing

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville has personally thanked Pope Benedict XVI for the Vatican's recent approval of a new... Read more

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Pope opens bishops' synod with universal call to holiness

Pope Benedict XVI has formally opened the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization with a “universal call to holiness”... Read more