Benedict XVI

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Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI passes through the Holy Door of St. Peter's Basilica for the Jubilee Year of Mercy, Dec. 8, 2015.

Here's how Benedict XVI will celebrate his 65th anniversary as a priest

On June 29 Benedict XVI will celebrate the 65th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood – a milestone he... Read more

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

How Benedict XVI's resignation changed the papacy

When Pope emeritus Benedict XVI resigned as pontiff three years ago, he added a new dimension to the papacy, said... Read more

Benedict XVI holding the Pascal Candle on Easter Vigil, Saturday April 7, 2012 in Vatican City.

A new public appearance by Benedict XVI? Maybe so, his secretary reveals

Former Pope Benedict XVI could appear in public once again on June 29, the 65th anniversary of his priestly ordination.  Read more

Benedict XVI at the Vatican in June 2005.

Vatican: recent stories about Benedict XVI and Fatima secrets are 'absolutely untrue'

The Vatican announced today that recent articles claiming that Pope emeritus Benedict XVI said that the Third Secret of Fatima... Read more

Pope Francis with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI at the Monastery of Mater Ecclesiae in Vatican City on June 30, 2015.

Pope Francis sends his greetings to Benedict XVI on his 89th birthday

Pope emeritus Benedict XVI celebrated his 89th birthday on Saturday, and received special greetings from Pope Francis.  Read more

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

Full text of Benedict XVI's recent, rare, and lengthy interview

In a recently published interview on issues of justification and faith, Benedict XVI has addressed issues of mercy and our... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI Holds His Final General Audience, Feb. 27, 2013.

The silent reform of Benedict XVI's papacy

In his new book on Benedict XVI, Vatican journalist Marco Mancini argues that while the retired pontiff became known for... Read more

Pope Francis prays after opening the Holy Door in St. Peters Basilica Dec. 8, 2015 launching the extraordinary jubilee of mercy.

It’s time to rediscover God’s mercy, Pope says at Jubilee launch

Pope Francis has officially commenced the Jubilee of Mercy, calling those who pass through the newly-opened Holy Door to rediscover... Read more

Bishop-elect Msgr. Steven Lopes greets Pope Francis during a Wednesday general audience. Photo courtesy of the Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter in the United States and Canada.

Pope names first Catholic bishop to oversee Anglican ordinariate

Pope Francis has appointed Msgr. Steven Lopes, a Catholic priest from California, as the new bishop who will head the... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI, May 11, 2010.

After a two-week vacation, Benedict XVI heads back to Rome

With two restful weeks outside of the Vatican behind him and two honorary doctorates in hand, Benedict XVI has again... Read more

Benedict XVI receives honorary doctorate from the Pontifical University of John Paul II and the Academy of Music in Krakow. Pool photo.

Receiving awards, Benedict XVI credits witness of John Paul II

After receiving an honorary doctorate from both the Pontifical John Paul II University of Krakow and the Krakow Academy of... Read more

Pope Francis and Benedict XVI at the Monastery of Mater Ecclesiae in Vatican City on June 30, 2015.

Francis wishes Benedict XVI a good summer in Castel Gandolfo

Before heading out for his two-week stay at the papal residence in Castel Gandolfo this summer, retired pontiff Benedict XVI... Read more

Bishop Athanasius Schneider leads Benediction during the Summorum Pontificum Conference, at the Church of Ss. Dominic and Sixtus in Rome, June 13, 2015.

Summorum Pontificum Conference celebrates Benedict XVI's liturgical legacy

The fourth annual Summorum Pontificum Conference was held last Saturday in Rome to promote the understanding and use of the... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI.

Benedict XVI's summer plans – rare public events and a visit to Castel Gandolfo

Benedict XVI’s summer is set to be the most active since he stepped down from the pontificate in 2013, with... Read more

Benedict XVI greets Pope Francis during a consistory in St. Peter's Basilica, Feb. 22, 2014.

Will Francis build on Benedict's legacy when he visits the US?

Pope Francis will remain within the tradition of previous papal visits to the U.S. when he comes to the east... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI, May 11, 2010.

On 88th birthday, Benedict XVI lauded for emphasis on mercy

The Vatican official charged with organizing the upcoming Jubilee for Mercy says the topic was the “heart” of Benedict XVI’s... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI, May 11, 2010.

How Benedict XVI and his 'scandalous' hero speak to the modern crisis

Theological giants Benedict XVI and one of his heroes – the controversial Cardinal Jean Danielou – have been hailed for... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI.

Two years into retirement, the legacy of Father Benedict endures

Two years to the day since Pope Benedict XVI told the world of his historic decision to step down from... Read more

Benedict XVI.

The request of a retired pope – simply call me 'Father Benedict'

Rather than being called by his papal name “Benedict XVI,” the retired pontiff revealed that since his retirement he has... Read more

Benedict XVI at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, Sept. 11, 2005.

Ratzinger's retraction: the fruit of 42 years of theological maturation

News broke weeks ago that a new volume of Benedict XVI's collected works was being released in German with an... Read more