Benedict XVI

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 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

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

Benedict XVI celebrates his 93rd birthday during coronavirus lockdown

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI celebrated his 93rd birthday Thursday at his Vatican residence during Italy’s coronavirus lockdown.  Read more

Pope Benedict XVI.

What does Benedict XVI actually say in new book on priestly celibacy?

In his chapter in a new book on priestly celibacy, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI says a historical understanding of the... Read more

Pope Francis arrives in St. Peter's Square Sept. 21, 2016.

Vatican: Pope Francis not in favor of optional priestly celibacy

A Vatican spokesman said Monday that Pope Francis’ position on priestly celibacy is “known,” quoting the pontiff’s remarks in a... Read more

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Benedict XVI, Cardinal Sarah pen book on priesthood, celibacy, crisis

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, have co-authored a book on... Read more

Benedict XVI celebrates his 90th birthday at the Vatican, April 17, 2017.

Benedict XVI creates foundation for Catholic journalism in Germany

In what came as a surprise to many members of the Catholic elite in Germany, Pope emeritus Benedict XVI has... Read more

Director Fernando Meirelles talks with Jonathan Pryce during the filming of "The Two Popes."

Does 'The Two Popes' fairly represent Francis and Benedict? Critics say ‘no’ 

While filmmakers say the "The Two Popes" is a work of fiction, the movie’s director also says it represents his... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI on Aug. 28, 2010.

Benedict XVI reflects on 50 years of the International Theological Commission

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI sent a message to the International Theological Commission this week reflecting on the theological contributions of... Read more

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI on April 7, 2012.

Ahead of synod, alumni of Benedict XVI express concerns about married priesthood

Just days before the Amazon synod of bishops is to convene in Rome, a symposium of students of Pope Emeritus... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI.

Benedict XVI responds to criticism of his essay on the Church and the sexual abuse crisis

Pope emeritus Benedict XVI has responded to criticism of his essay on the abuse crisis, saying many negative reactions have... Read more

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI met Aug 1 with Msgr Livio Melina of the JPII Institute.

Amid JPII Institute controversy, Benedict XVI meets with recently dismissed professor

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI met last week with a recently dismissed professor of moral theology at Rome’s Pontifical John Paul... Read more

Archive photo of Benedict XVI in the papal gardens at Castel Gandolfo.

Benedict XVI pays a surprise visit to Castel Gandolfo

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI left Vatican City Thursday to make a surprise visit to Castel Gandolfo.  Read more

Benedict XVI at the Easter Vigil, Saturday April 7, 2012.

Vatican quashes rumors of Benedict XVI stroke

Pope Benedict XVI is not dead and did not recently suffer a stroke, the Vatican confirmed on Tuesday.  Read more

Cardinal Gerhard Müller, prefect emeritus of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

To renew the Church we must be guided by her faith, morals – Cardinal Müller

Countering critics of Benedict XVI's recent essay on the scandal of sex abuse in the Church, Cardinal Gerhard Müller on... Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience May 23, 2018.

Pope Francis: Include the Holy Spirit in art, theology

In the face of the difficulties of the modern-age, artists and theologians need the inspiration of the Holy Spirit –... Read more

Analysis: Benedict XVI’s unpublished letter- God is key to understanding human rights

The Ratiznger Schuelerkreis, a circle of former students of Joseph Ratzinger who meet annually, will gather this year to discuss... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI, May 11, 2010.

Benedict XVI celebrates 91st birthday with his brother

Benedict XVI turned 91 on Monday, celebrating “with his brother Georg in a calm and familiar climate,” according to a... Read more

Msgr Dario Vigano, prefect of the Secretariat for Communications, speaks with CNA March 15, 2018.

Benedict’s praise for Francis booklets came with previously unmentioned caveats, letter shows

Amid accusations of concealment, the Vatican's communications department has released the entirety of a letter written by Benedict XVI, revealing... Read more