Benedict XVI Latest News

These are the latest news about Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, what he is doing in 2022, his health, and his legacy. Our news team in the Vatican regularly provides updates about Pope Francis' predecessor.

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

The pope emeritus puzzle: Will Pope Francis rewrite the rules of resignation?

Jul 20, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

With speculation running rife whether Pope Francis could step down, it is worth analyzing what the pope has actually said... Read more

Father Juan Manuel Góngora of Almería, Spain, speaks with EWTN Spanish News July 12, 2022, about the need for better verification criteria for online news.

What to do when there's fake news such as the 'death' of Benedict XVI: A priest responds

Jul 14, 2022

By Walter Sanchez Silva

Father Juan Manuel Góngora of Almería, Spain, said the latest online hoax is “one more proof” of the need for... Read more

Pope Francis on July 12, 2022, said the knee pain he experienced for several months “scared me, in the sense of ‘think a little about what your future is going to be like now.’”

Pope Francis rules out living in the Vatican or Argentina if he resigns

Jul 12, 2022

By CNA Staff

In an interview with Univisión and Televisa broadcast July 12, the pope said that “for the moment,” he hasn’t considered... Read more

Credit: © L’Osservatore Romano

Twitter hoaxer raises alarm with false report of Benedict XVI's passing

Jul 11, 2022

By CNA Staff

Italian Tommasso De Benedetti has created bogus Twitter accounts before to fool people. Read more

Archbishop Gänswein and Pope emeritus Benedict XVI

Archbishop Gänswein moved to tears over Benedict XVI's comment about journey to heaven

Jul 5, 2022

By CNA Staff

The pope emeritus’ personal secretary recalled the words during a June celebration organized by the Joseph Ratzinger/Pope Benedict XVI Foundation... Read more

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

Germany’s Munich archdiocese spent around $1.5 million on abuse report

May 23, 2022

By CNA Staff

The report, published in January, faulted Pope emeritus Benedict XVI and Cardinal Reinhard Marx. Read more

Pope emeritus Benedict XVI, pictured in summer 2017.

Benedict XVI: 95th birthday wishes from around world ‘made me very happy’

May 16, 2022

By CNA Staff

Almost 3,000 people sent the pope emeritus congratulatory messages in 24 languages. Read more

Archbishop Georg Gänswein in St. Peter’s Square on Sept. 25, 2019.

Benedict XVI's secretary in isolation after testing positive for COVID-19

Apr 21, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Gänswein has been in isolation since April 11, a time period that included all of the Easter Triduum and Benedict... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI on Aug. 28, 2010.

5 things to know about Benedict XVI

Apr 16, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

The pope emeritus was born on April 16, 1927. Read more

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

Benedict XVI was ‘a prophet’ of Church’s future, Pope Francis tells Malta’s Jesuits

Apr 14, 2022

By Courtney Mares

‘It will be a Church that is more spiritual, poorer and less political,’ Pope Francis said. Read more

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

Catholics invited to congratulate Benedict XVI on his 95th birthday

Apr 14, 2022

By CNA Staff

The messages will be collected online and delivered to the pope emeritus. Read more

Pope Francis presents new cardinals to Benedict XVI in the chapel of the Vatican’s Mater Ecclesiae Monastery on Nov. 28, 2020.

Pope Francis visits Benedict XVI ahead of Pope emeritus’ 95th birthday

Apr 13, 2022

By CNA Staff

The two men prayed together ‘after a brief and affectionate conversation.’ Read more

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI in a 2021 file photo.

Will Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI join in the consecration of Russia and Ukraine? Here's the answer

Mar 20, 2022

By CNA Staff

Pope Francis has invited the bishops of the world to join him in praying for the consecration of Russia and... Read more

Archbishop Georg Gänswein, personal secretary of Pope emeritus Benedict XVI, speaks to EWTN Rome Bureau Chief Andreas Thonhauser.

Full text: EWTN’s exclusive interview with Archbishop Gänswein

Feb 14, 2022

By CNA Staff

Benedict XVI’s personal secretary discusses the Munich abuse report. Read more

Archbishop Georg Gänswein, pictured March 27, 2019.

Here's what you need to know about Archbishop Gänswein, Benedict XVI's personal secretary

Feb 14, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

Archbishop Georg Gänswein is a familiar face because of his many years of service beside now-Pope Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI,... Read more

Archbishop Georg Gänswein, personal secretary of Pope emeritus Benedict XVI.

Archbishop Gänswein tells inside story of Benedict XVI’s response to the Munich abuse report

Feb 14, 2022

By CNA Staff

Benedict XVI’s personal secretary said the 94-year-old was ‘doing well’ despite the recent media firestorm. Read more

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

Full text: Benedict XVI’s advisers analyze Munich abuse report

Feb 8, 2022

By CNA Staff

Full text of an analysis by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s advisers as to his handling of abuse cases when he... Read more

Pope emeritus Benedict XVI, pictured in summer 2017.

Full text: Benedict XVI’s letter in response to the Munich abuse report

Feb 8, 2022

By Benedict XVI

This is the full text of a letter by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI addressing the Report on Abuse in the... Read more

Pope emeritus Benedict XVI.

Benedict XVI asks abuse survivors for forgiveness as advisers defend handling of Munich cases

Feb 8, 2022

By CNA Staff

Pope emeritus Benedict XVI has personally requested forgiveness from abuse survivors in a letter responding to a report that faulted... Read more