Benedict XVI

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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

Msgr. Anthony Figueiredo exhanges a white, papal zucchetto with Benedict XVI at the Vatican on Nov. 7, 2014. Photo courtesy of Caritas in Veritate International.

Priest swaps clerical hats with a 'sharp, healthy' Benedict XVI

A priest who met and exchanged zucchettos with retired pontiff Benedict XVI last week marveled at the former pope's joy,... Read more

Retired pontiff Benedict XVI.

Benedict could attend Paul VI beatification, spokesman reveals

Retired pontiff Benedict XVI may take part to Paul VI's beatification Mass Oct. 19, revealed Father Federico Lombardi, director of... Read more

Pope Francis speaks to the elderly in St. Peter's Square Sept. 28, 2014.

Pope Francis calls Benedict XVI the ultimate 'grandfather'

Retired pontiff Benedict XVI joined some 50,000 pilgrims in Saint Peter's Square on Sunday, Sept. 28 for a meeting between... Read more


Benedict XVI poses for first selfies

The first “selfie” of retired pontiff Benedict XVI is making the rounds on social networks.  Read more

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A refreshed Benedict XVI captivates students with homily

Participants in the annual Ratzinger “schulerkreis” study group were overjoyed at seeing the retired pontiff in good health, noting that... Read more

  Pope Francis and Archbishop Georg Ganswein in St. Peter's Square after the Wednesday general audience, May 7, 2014.

Pope Francis visits Benedict XVI before trips, archbishop reveals

Before any international trip Pope Francis visits Benedict XVI, a key Vatican archbishop revealed, noting the good relations between the... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter's Square, April 18, 2012.

Benedict XVI to concelebrate at canonization Mass

The Holy See’s press office has announced that retired pontiff Benedict XVI will be a concelebrant at Sunday’s Mass and... Read more

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Benedict XVI: I knew during his life that John Paul II was a saint

In a rare interview, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI recalled his close friendship with Blessed John Paul II, saying that the... Read more

Benedict XVI and Pope Francis.

Benedict XVI sends Pope commentary on early interview

Former Pope Benedict XVI sent a four-page commentary to Pope Francis on the September 2013 interview he granted to Jesuit... Read more

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

In rare interview, Benedict XVI recalls life of John Paul II

In lengthy excerpts of an interview published in an Italian newspaper, Benedict XVI speaks of his time collaborating with John... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI greets participants at the Feb. 22 Consistory in St. Peter's Basilica, Feb. 22, 2014.

Benedict XVI affirms validity of his resignation

Today the Italian newspaper La Stampa has published excerpts of a letter from Benedict XVI, who wrote to affirm the... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI speaks during his wednesday general audience in Paul VI Hall.

Benedict's brother says former Pope does not regret resigning

In a recent interview, Monsignor Georg Ratzinger said his brother, retired Pope Benedict XVI, believes he made the right decision... Read more

St. Peter's Square

Vatican analyst explores continuity of Francis, Benedict in book

Andrea Gagliarducci has co-authored a new book recalling the period of Lent between Benedict XVI’s resignation and Pope Francis’ election,... Read more

 Giovanna Chirri speaks with CNA during a Feb. 10, 2014 interview in Rome.

Journalist who broke news of resignation recalls her 'panic'

Vatican journalist Giovanna Chirri remembers her shock at Benedict XVI's resignation last year, and how she broke the news before... Read more

Pope Francis launches tweet to pray for Benedict XVI

On the one year anniversary of Benedict XVI’s announcement of his decision to resign from the Petrine ministry, Pope Francis... Read more

Pope Francis welcomes Benedict XVI back to the Vatican at Mater Ecclesia monastery on May 2, 2013

Cardinal recalls shock of Benedict XVI's resignation

One year later, Cardinal James Stafford reflects on the meeting where Benedict XVI announced that he was stepping down as... Read more

Fr. Federico Lombardi

Vatican: Rolling Stone article a display of 'superficial journalism'

Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi has strongly criticized the tone of “crudeness” directed to Benedict XVI in a recent article... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI.

Benedict XVI celebrates brother's 90th birthday with day of music

Retired pontiff Benedict XVI celebrated his brother Monsignor Georg Ratzinger's 90th birthday on Jan. 15 at the Vatican with a... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis.

Francis and Benedict linked in call for joyful priests

At a presentation of a work by Benedict XVI on the priesthood, the head of the Vatican's doctrine office said... Read more