Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

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Politicians react to Pope's retirement with surprise, thanksgiving

Feb 11, 2013

Political leaders in the United States offered their prayers and respect upon learning of Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to retire... Read more

Young people from the Centro San Lorenzo walk into St. Peter's Square with the World Youth Day Cross to pray a rosary for the Pope.

Youth gather to pray for Pope, recall his loving guidance

Feb 11, 2013

A group of young adults at the Vatican called Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to resign “humble” and “brave,” adding that... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter's Basilica during the consistory of cardinals Nov. 24, 2012.

American bishops thank Pope for service, love of Church

Feb 11, 2013

Numerous American bishops voiced their gratitude to Pope Benedict for his nearly 8 years of service as Bishop of Rome,... Read more

Cardinal Angelo Sodano addresses the Consitory of Cardinals Feb. 11, 2013 where Pope Benedict announced his retirement.

'Your pontificate will shine like a star,' head cardinal tells Pope

Feb 11, 2013

Cardinal Angelo Sodano, the dean of the College of Cardinals, told Pope Benedict XVI that his pontificate will always shine... Read more


Benedict XVI plans life of prayer after retirement

Feb 11, 2013

After Pope Benedict XVI retires at the end of February he will dedicate himself to a life of prayer and... Read more

Fr. Federico Lombardi speaks about Pope Benedict XVI's resignation Feb. 11, 2013.

Papal resignation is rare historical event

Feb 11, 2013

On Feb. 11, Pope Benedict made it public that he will step down from his role as head of the... Read more

Cardinal Timothy Dolan

Pope's resignation invokes sadness, gratitude from US bishops

Feb 11, 2013

The U.S. bishops voiced sorrow over the news of Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation, as well as appreciation for his eight... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter's Basilica during the consistory of cardinals Nov. 24, 2012.

Pope Benedict XVI cites waning strength as reason for resignation

Feb 11, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI told a gathering of cardinals Feb. 11 that he no longer has the strength to carry out... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI. CNA File photo.

Pope Benedict XVI announces his retirement

Feb 11, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI announced today that he will resign from his duties as Pope on February 28th, 2013.  Read more

Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter's Basilica during the consistory of cardinals Nov. 24, 2012.

Pope gives new cardinals their Curia positions

Jan 31, 2013

The newest cardinals in the Church received their secondary assignments today from Pope Benedict XVI, indicating how he best thinks... Read more

Brandon Vogt. (File Photo/CNA.)

Author cheers Pope's 'flurry' of social media outreach

Jan 30, 2013

A Catholic author and blogger says Pope Benedict's use of social networking has given the Church an example of how... Read more

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Liturgy teaches us to hear God's voice, Pope reflects

Jan 27, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI told thousands gathered in St. Peter's square Jan. 27 that marking Sunday as a day of rest... Read more

Msgr. Francis Kelly is installed as a Canon of St. Peter's Basilica on Jan. 20, 2013.

Pope selects American priest for rare St. Peter's job

Jan 21, 2013

For the first time in the 21st century, Pope Benedict XVI has made an American priest a canon of St.... Read more


New journalism program launched amid Pope's Twitter success

Jan 18, 2013

A pontifical university in Rome is launching a new digital journalism program on Feb. 14 as widespread response to Pope... Read more

The Pope's butler Paolo Gabriele sits in the courtroom of the Vatican tribunal, at the Vatican, Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012.

Pope's former butler given hospital job

Jan 17, 2013

Paolo Gabriele, the Pope's former butler who was released from prison just before Christmas, has a new job working for... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI gives his Wednesday General Audience Nov. 21, 2012 in Paul VI Hall.

Desire to see God's face fulfilled in Christ, Pope affirms

Jan 16, 2013

Pope Benedict examined salvation history as the story of man's relationship with and thirst for God at his general audience... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI gives his Wednesday General Audience Nov 21, 2012 in Paul VI Hall.

Pope calls the Incarnation God's gift to mankind

Jan 10, 2013

Pope Benedict reflected on the mystery of the Incarnation during his general audience Jan. 9, calling it the “original gift... Read more

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'You are not alone,' Pope tells those suffering from sickness

Jan 9, 2013

Ahead of the World Day of the Sick, Pope Benedict XVI expressed his closeness to those with illnesses and reaffirmed... Read more


Benedict XVI will see Christ statue from the air during WYD

Jan 8, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI will get a bird’s eye view of the famous Christ the Redeemer statue that overlooks Rio de... Read more

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Pope 'deeply saddened' by Connecticut shooting

Dec 16, 2012

The Pope expressed sorrow over the Sandy Hook school shooting that massacred 20 children and offered prayers for the victims'... Read more