Benedict XVI

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Philosopher Remi Brague speaks with CNA on Oct. 25, 2013.

Friend says Benedict XVI's legacy marked by faith, reason link

A noted French philosopher and friend of retired pontiff Benedict XVI reflected that the former Pope's greatest contribution during his... Read more

The front entrance of the Orvieto Cathedral.

Italy's Orvieto miracle inspires thousands during jubilee

In light of the jubilee instituted by Benedict XVI in honor of the Eucharistic miracle in Orvieto, Italy, the number... Read more


Benedict could attend canonizations, Vatican spokesman says

The director of the Holy See’s Press Office announced that Benedict XVI could participate in the canonization ceremony next April... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI at the Wednesday General Audience, October 24, 2012.

Like Benedict, Pope Francis doesn't want Church of 'moralists'

While Pope Francis’ mention of the Church’s priorities in a recent interview grabbed worldwide attention, few remember that Benedict XVI... Read more

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

'Papal bounce' credited for increase in British confessions

Catholic clergy in England and Wales say more people are going to confession, and many credit both Pope Francis' election... Read more

Father Vincent Twomey, Benedict's former student at the Mariapoli Center in Castel Gandolfo, Italy on September 1, 2013.

Students of Benedict XVI gather for Mass, annual dialogue

Former students of Benedict XVI met for the first time without him this year for their annual “Schülerkreis” discussions, although... Read more

Monsignor Georg Gänswein stands behind Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter's Square.

Benedict XVI's personal secretary debunks 'mystical experience'

The retired pontiff's personal secretary said that the recent and widely circulated news story claiming that Benedict XVI stepped down... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI at the Wednesday General Audience, October 24, 2012.

Benedict XVI's students will meet to discuss God, secularism

The annual meeting of Benedict XVI's students from his time at the University of Regensburg will gather next week to... Read more

World Youth Day Rio 2013 logo.

Vatican: Change of Popes 'intensified' World Youth Day

A Vatican spokesman said the change of Popes which occurred from the announcement of World Youth Day to its fruition... Read more

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York.

Cardinal Dolan recalls conclave experience in new book

In a new e-book, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan offers his personal insight into a momentous time in the Church's recent... Read more

St. Peter's Basilica.

Vatican lawyer not surprised by court's refusal to hear abuse case

A dismissed request that the International Criminal Court investigate U.S. clergy sex abuse as a crime against humanity misunderstands the... Read more

ope Francis holds an audience with students from Jesuit-run schools in Italy and Albania in Paul VI Hall June 7, 2013.

Pope confirms faith encyclical nearly done

Pope Francis put aside his prepared remarks this morning and told members of the Synod of Bishops that the encyclical... Read more

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

Papal encyclicals expected on faith and poverty, bishop reveals

According to an Italian bishop, Benedict XVI is concluding work on what was to have been his encyclical on faith,... Read more

Cardinal Andrea Cordero Lanza di Montezemolo shows his draft of what Benedict XVI's new coat of arms could look like during a May 2, 2013 interview.

Benedict XVI needs new coat of arms, designer says

The cardinal who designed Pope Benedict XVI's coat of arms says he needs a new one now that he is... Read more

A view of Mater Ecclesiae monastery, the place where Benedict XVI will retire to a life of prayer.

Vatican monastery prepares for Benedict XVI's return

Benedict XVI will return to the Vatican on May 2 by helicopter, coming back the same way he left just... Read more

A Reason Open to God by Bendict XVI, collected and edited by J. Steven Brown, Ph.D., P.E..

Editor says Benedict outlined link between God, reason

In his speeches and writings on universities, Benedict XVI constantly focused on the need for reason to be open to... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI.

On 86th birthday, Benedict praised as deeply humble

As Benedict XVI celebrates his 86th birthday on April 16, the author of a new book on the legacy of... Read more

Fr. Federico Lombardi.

Vatican spokesman denies report that Benedict XVI is ill

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi says that contrary to a report in the Spanish daily El Mundo, the Bishop-emeritus of... Read more

Pope Francis rides through St. Peter's Square before his Wednesday General Audience, April 3, 2013.

Pope Francis finds high favor among Americans

A recent poll conducted by the Pew Research Center reveals that a majority of Americans, including Catholics, have a largely... Read more

Pope Francis embraces Benedict XVI (

Pope Francis and Benedict XVI meet as 'brothers'

Pope Francis met with Benedict XVI on Saturday for the first time since his selection, an historic visit that took... Read more