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Pope Benedict XVI at the World Family Meeting in Milan with Cardinal Angelo Scola on June 4, 2012.

Pectoral cross of Benedict XVI stolen from Bavarian church

Jun 20, 2023

By AC Wimmer

A pectoral cross bequeathed by the late Pope Benedict XVI to a parish in his native Bavaria has been stolen... Read more

The Frauenkirche, the cathedral of the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising.

Prosecutors drop case of alleged ‘cover up’ against Benedict XVI

Mar 22, 2023

By AC Wimmer

A potential legal case against Pope Benedict XVI over his handling of abuse during his time as archbishop of Munich... Read more

Archbishop Georg Gänswein was the personal secretary of the late Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

Benedict’s personal secretary searches for five cousins who are heirs of the late pontiff

Mar 21, 2023

By Almudena Martínez-Bordiú

Archbishop Georg Gänswein explained that he thought there were two direct heirs. However, he was surprised to learn that there... Read more

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger at the Easter Vigil in St. Peter's Basilica on March 26, 2005, in Vatican City.

God, creation, and humanity: The ‘lost lectures’ of Benedict XVI collected in new book

Feb 19, 2023

By Kevin J. Jones

Six lectures of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger were almost lost forever. But now, they have been collected in a new Ignatius... Read more

WYD Sydney - July 15 - 20, 2008

Benedict XVI describes ‘Protestantization’ of the Eucharist in posthumous publication

Feb 8, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Benedict XVI’s essay on the Eucharist is part of a series of texts the pope emeritus wrote after his... Read more

Pope Francis speaks to journalists on Feb. 5, 2023, during his flight back to Rome after his visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan.

Pope Francis: Partisans have used Benedict XVI’s death ‘to serve their own interests’

Feb 5, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

Benedict XVI was “not a bitter man,” Pope Francis said, speaking during his inflight press conference Feb. 5 of his... Read more

Archbishop Georg Gänswein celebrates Mass in the Vatican crypt close to the tomb of Pope Benedict XVI on Jan. 31, 2023, to mark one month since the death of the pope emeritus on Dec. 31, 2022.

Archbishop Gänswein celebrates Mass for Benedict XVI one month after pope’s death

Feb 1, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

The pope emeritus’ longtime personal secretary offered the Mass in the Vatican crypt close to Benedict’s tomb in the presence... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI revealed in a letter to his biographer that insomnia was the "central reason" why resigned in 2013.

Letter from Benedict XVI reveals the ‘central motive’ for his resignation, biographer says

Jan 29, 2023

By AC Wimmer

Benedict XVI said he had suffered from chronic insomnia since the early days of his pontificate, according to a letter... Read more

Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict embrace each other at the Vatican's Mater Ecclesiae Monastery, June 30, 2015.

‘I lost a dad’: Pope Francis speaks about losing Benedict XVI

Jan 25, 2023

By AC Wimmer

In an interview with the AP, Pope Francis spoke about his relationship with his predecessor, Benedict XVI. Read more

Pope Benedict XVI in 2005 and Cardinal Mario Grech in 2022

Cardinal Grech: Benedict XVI was misunderstood throughout his life

Jan 21, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

“Incomprehension was a constant factor in the life and mission of this man,” Cardinal Mario Grech said. Read more

The cuddly bear commemorating the late Pope Benedict XVI, created by the Coburg, Bavaria, company Hermann Teddy Fabrik in Germany.

Meet the ‘Benedict Bears’: Cuddly companions commemorate the late pope emeritus

Jan 20, 2023

By AC Wimmer

A traditional toy manufacturer in the Bavarian town of Coburg has produced two limited editions of its iconic teddy bears... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI

In new book, the late Benedict XVI defends Christianity against claims of intolerance

Jan 19, 2023

By AC Wimmer

In the book, the late pontiff warns of a “radical manipulation of human beings” and “the distortion of the sexes... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI.

Brazilian bishop authorizes prayer for private devotion to Benedict XVI

Jan 18, 2023

By CNA Staff

“As children of the Church we must pray and ask God for his eternal rest in heaven,” the prelate said... Read more

Austrian Cardinal Christoph Schönborn (left) and Archbishop Georg Gänswein, longtime personal secretary for Pope Benedict XVI.

Cardinal Schönborn calls Gänswein book ‘unseemly indiscretion,’ confirms key detail of Benedict papacy

Jan 18, 2023

By AC Wimmer

Austrian Cardinal Christoph Schönborn on Wednesday confirmed he was the person who encouraged Joseph Ratzinger to accept the conclave’s decision. Read more

Pilot Raúl Ruiz.

Meet the Spanish pilot who paid homage to Benedict XVI on a flight to Rome

Jan 16, 2023

By Almudena Martínez-Bordiú

Raúl Ruiz, 50, said he felt the need to dedicate something to the late pope “and share it with all... Read more

Eric Geller reported on cybersecurity for the news outlet politico for six and a half years.

Reporter appears to be no longer at Politico after tweets slandering Pope Benedict XVI 

Jan 11, 2023

By Joe Bukuras

A reporter for Politico indicates that he is no longer with the organization following a tweet he made slandering the... Read more


Analysis: What to read in Benedict XVI’s secretary’s ‘tell-all’ book?

Jan 11, 2023

By Andrea Gagliarducci

“Nothing but the Truth: My Life Beside Benedict XVI” by Archbishop Georg Gänswein comes out on Jan. 12, but CNA... Read more

Archbishop Georg Gänswein and Pope Francis

Pope Francis meets with Benedict XVI’s longtime secretary, Archbishop Gänswein

Jan 9, 2023

By Jonathan Liedl

The private audience with the pope took place shortly before the public release of Gänswein’s forthcoming book detailing his nearly... Read more

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

Visit the Burkina Faso street named in honor of Pope Benedict XVI

Jan 8, 2023

By ACI Africa

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

John Paul Uebbing's big moment.

Pope Benedict’s kiss goodbye

Jan 8, 2023

By CNA Staff

The infant son of a former Catholic News Agency editor received a farewell kiss on his forehead from Pope Benedict... Read more