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.

The Latest

Fr. Federico Lombardi

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

Jan 30, 2014

By Elise Harris

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

Saint Thérèse of Lisieux

St. Therese devotees to launch Little Way social media campaign

Jan 25, 2014

Not long before he resigned, Pope Benedict XVI had written several times about the need for evangelization of the rapidly... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI.

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

Jan 17, 2014

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

Dec 3, 2013

By Andrea Gagliarducci

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

Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila. (File photo/CNA).

Denver archbishop: Year of Faith was a time 'to meet Jesus'

Nov 24, 2013

Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila of Denver says the end of the Year of Faith should encourage Catholics to continue to... Read more

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

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

Oct 30, 2013

By Elise Harris

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

Oct 7, 2013

By Elise Harris

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

Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan.

Recent Popes complement each other, Cardinal Dolan notes

Oct 4, 2013

Each of the last three Popes has had a different but complementary emphasis, highlighting different aspects of the faithful and... Read more


Benedict could attend canonizations, Vatican spokesman says

Oct 1, 2013

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'

Sep 26, 2013

By Andrea Gagliarducci

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

Sep 10, 2013

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

Sep 3, 2013

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'

Aug 27, 2013

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

Aug 21, 2013

By Andrea Gagliarducci

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

Jul 18, 2013

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

Painter Alexander Talbot Rice with his portrait of Benedict XVI.

Artist's faith grows through Benedict XVI portrait

Jul 3, 2013

A British artist who has painted the British royal family and Margaret Thatcher in person says his Christian faith “deepened”... Read more

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York.

Cardinal Dolan recalls conclave experience in new book

Jul 3, 2013

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

Jun 17, 2013

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

Fr. Federico Lombardi speaks to the media at the Vatican press office on Feb. 11, 2013.

Vatican expected SNAP case against Benedict XVI to fail

Jun 14, 2013

The Vatican is not at all surprised the International Criminal Court rejected a request by an abuse victims’ advocacy group... 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

Jun 13, 2013

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