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Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Michael Crotty unveils the new sign of Pope Benedict XVI Street in Burkina Faso’s capital, Ouagadougou.

Burkina Faso names street in honor of Pope emeritus Benedict XVI

The thoroughfare in Ouagadougou will be known as Pope Benedict XVI Street. Read more

Vatican City - February 27, 2013: Pope Benedict XVI stands to show his thanks after a standing ovation from the audience. @ Stephen Driscoll / CNA

Documentary says Benedict XVI’s secretary tried to convince him not to resign

A documentary being released on Benedict XVI’s 94th birthday state that his personal secretary, Archbishop Georg Gänswein, tried to dissuade... Read more

Pope Francis greets Pope emeritus Benedict XVI at the Vatican’s Mater Ecclesiae Monastery on Nov. 28, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media.

Benedict XVI ‘delighted’ by Year of St. Joseph proclaimed by Pope Francis

In a new interview, Pope emeritus Benedict XVI has expressed delight at the Year of St. Joseph declared by Pope... Read more

Paolo Gabriele sits in front of Pope Benedict XVI in the popemobile in St. Peter's Square Oct. 24, 2011.

Benedict XVI’s former 'Vatileaks' butler Paolo Gabriele dies at age 54

The papal butler who was pardoned by Benedict XVI for his role in the “Vatileaks” affair has died at the... Read more

A table dedicated to Benedict XVI in his favorite Rome restaurant, Cantina Tirolese.

‘Flavors of home’: Benedict XVI’s favorite restaurant in Rome

Inside the cosy Cantina Tirolese in Rome, Benedict XVI knew he could always find “the flavors of home.”  Read more

Professor Tracey Rowland, St John Paul II Chair in Theology at the University of Notre Dame (Australia).

Australian professor and French philosopher win Ratzinger Prize

An Australian professor and a French philosopher were named the winners of this year’s Ratzinger Prize Oct. 1.  Read more

Fr. Paschal Uche at his ordination in Brentwood Cathedral, Essex, England, Aug. 1, 2020. Ordination photo

Young Catholic who greeted Benedict XVI in Britain becomes a priest

Ten years ago, Paschal Uche greeted Pope Benedict XVI on behalf of young people in his country. Today, he is... Read more

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, pictured in St. Peter's Basilica Oct. 3, 2015.

Cardinal Parolin stresses ‘spiritual consonance’ between Pope Francis and Benedict XVI

Cardinal Pietro Parolin has written an introduction to a book describing the continuity between Pope Francis and his predecessor Pope... Read more

Benedict XVI prepares to board a plane at Munich airport, June 22, 2020.

Archbishop Gänswein: Benedict XVI’s 'illness is subsiding'

Benedict XVI’s personal secretary Archbishop Georg Gänswein has said that the pope emeritus’ illness is “subsiding.”  Read more

Bishop Rudolf Voderholzer stands before a portrait of Msgr. Georg Ratzinger at Regensburg Cathedral July 8, 2020.

‘Heart speaks to heart’: Benedict XVI sends message for his brother’s funeral Mass

Benedict XVI watched his brother’s funeral via livestream on Wednesday as his secretary Archbishop Georg Gänswein read the pope emeritus’... Read more

Pope Francis greets Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI Dec. 21, 2018.

Pope Francis offers condolences to Benedict XVI following his brother’s death

Pope Francis offered his condolences to Benedict XVI Thursday following the death of his brother.   Read more

Msgr. Georg Ratzinger.

Benedict XVI’s brother Georg Ratzinger has died 

Benedict XVI’s older brother Georg Ratzinger died Wednesday, just a little more than one week after the pope emeritus’ visit.  Read more

Benedict XVI prepares to board a plane at Munich airport, June 22, 2020.

Benedict XVI returns to Rome after visiting ill brother in Germany

Pope emeritus Benedict XVI arrived back in Rome Monday after a four-day trip to Germany to visit his ailing brother.  Read more

Pope emeritus Benedict XVI.

Benedict XVI to return to Rome June 22 after visit with ailing brother in Germany

Pope emeritus Benedict XVI will return to Rome and the Vatican on Monday, according to the Diocese of Regensburg.  Read more

Pope emeritus Benedict XVI.

Benedict XVI to pray at his family's gravesite in Germany

Pope emeritus Benedict XVI will visit his family’s gravesite and his former home in Pentling, Germany, in the afternoon on... Read more

Pope emeritus Benedict XVI.

Benedict XVI celebrates Mass with his ill brother on feast of the Sacred Heart

Pope emeritus Benedict XVI will celebrate Mass with his ailing brother on the feast of the Sacred Heart during his... Read more

Msgr. Georg Ratzinger.

Benedict XVI visits his ailing brother in Germany

Pope emeritus Benedict XVI is making a private visit to Germany to see his ailing brother Msgr. Georg Ratzinger.  Read more

 Pope John Paul II in 1996.

Full text: Benedict XVI's letter marking St. John Paul II's birth centenary

The full text of Pope emeritus Benedict XVI's letter marking the centenary of the birth of St. John Paul II. The... Read more

Pope John Paul II greets Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger during his inauguration October 22, 1978.

Benedict XVI hails John Paul II as ‘liberating restorer’ of Church

John Paul II was a “liberating restorer of the Church” in the turbulent years after the Second Vatican Council, Benedict... Read more

Benedict XVI holds his final general audience, Feb. 27, 2013.

In new biography, Benedict XVI laments modern 'anti-Christian creed'

Modern society is formulating an “anti-Christian creed” and punishing those who resist it with “social excommunication,” Benedict XVI has said... Read more