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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Benedict XVI receives birthday greetings from Pope Francis

Apr 16, 2013

Pope Francis made a phone call on the morning of April 16 to wish a happy 86th birthday to his... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI.

On 86th birthday, Benedict praised as deeply humble

Apr 16, 2013

By Carl Bunderson

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

Apr 10, 2013

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

Apr 8, 2013

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


Vatican TV documentary reveals Pope Francis' first words

Mar 27, 2013

The Vatican Television Center will release the documentary “Francesco” next week, providing an intimate look at the historic events that... Read more

Wael Salibi moved to Rome in September 2012. Photo courtesy of Wael Salibi.

Good Friday stations pray for Christian unity in Middle East

Mar 26, 2013

A Syrian Christian who fled the fighting in his country believes that the Good Friday Stations of the Cross at... Read more

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Pope Francis and Benedict XVI meet as 'brothers'

Mar 23, 2013

By Alan Holdren

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


Over 50,000 send messages of gratitude to Benedict XVI

Mar 11, 2013

A book containing more than 50,000 messages of gratitude to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has been delivered to the Apostolic... Read more

Dr. John Jackson with wife Rebecca, founders of the Turin Shroud Center of Colorado, with a model of Christ's body based off of the shroud.

Benedict praised for Holy Saturday broadcast of Shroud

Mar 10, 2013

By Carl Bunderson

Benedict XVI's decision to allow a TV broadcast of the Shroud of Turin on March 30, Holy Saturday, has been... Read more


Book on Benedict XVI's final speeches planned

Mar 7, 2013

A book on all of Benedict XVI’s speeches from the moment he announced his resignation until his last day as... Read more

Art historian Elizabeth Lev.

Art historian says Benedict's 'way of beauty' will continue to flower

Mar 6, 2013

By Carl Bunderson

Pope Emeritus Benedict's emphasis on beauty as a means to encounter truth and grow in faith is one of the... Read more


Benedict XVI's cobbler fondly remembers retired Pope

Mar 5, 2013

The man who is known around the world as “the Pope’s shoemaker” expressed sadness at the retirement of Pope Benedict... Read more


Argentinian cardinal says God spoke through Pope Benedict

Mar 4, 2013

Cardinal Estanislao Esteban Karlic, the retired archbishop of Parana, Argentina, said that God used Benedict XVI’s resignation from the papacy... Read more


Future Popes will mirror Benedict XVI, says cardinal

Mar 2, 2013

An Australian cardinal said that future popes are likely to follow in the footsteps of Benedict XVI.  Read more


Cardinal says selecting new Pope is 'a great responsibility'

Mar 1, 2013

Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragan of Mexico, who participated in the conclave that elected Pope Benedict XVI, stressed the great responsibility... Read more

The papal residence in Castel Gandolfo.

Benedict XVI's first night as Pope emeritus

Mar 1, 2013

Benedict XVI ate dinner, watched the news with Archbishop Georg Gänswein and slept soundly during his first night as a... Read more

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Beauty in liturgy the 'great legacy' of Benedict XVI

Mar 1, 2013

By Carl Bunderson

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI will be remembered in Church history for his work to recover the beauty of traditional liturgy,... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI's final address to the crowds at Castel Gandolfo Feb. 28, 2012.

US leaders voice thanks, support for Pope Emeritus

Feb 28, 2013

American Catholic political officials  and commentators have solemnly expressed their appreciation and prayers for Pope Benedict XVI as his resignation... Read more

Pope Benedict says goodbye to the thousands of people who came to Castel Gandolfo to show their support.

Pope's last words: Thank you for your friendship and love

Feb 28, 2013

After the 15-minute helicopter trip to Castel Gandolfo, Pope Benedict XVI offered a word of thanks to the thousands of... Read more

Faithful in St. Peter's Square bid farewell to Pope Benedict XVI.

Pope leaves Vatican for Castel Gandolfo

Feb 28, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI has left the Vatican by helicopter and will soon arrive in the town of Castel Gandolfo where... Read more