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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Church bells ring out as Pope travels to Castel Gandolfo

Feb 28, 2013

On Thursday, Feb. 28, church bells in Rome and Albano rang out during the helicopter flight that took Pope Benedict... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI participates in a farewell audience with cardinals on Feb. 28, 2013 in the Clementine Hall.

Benedict XVI pledges respect, obedience to future Pope

Feb 28, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI surprised the cardinals and organizers of a Feb. 28 farewell ceremony by saying the future Pope is... Read more

CNA

Vatican Post Office issues stamp for Pope's resignation

Feb 28, 2013

The Vatican’s post office is issuing a special cancelation stamp to mark the end of Pope Benedict XVI’s papacy.  Read more

Cardinal Angelo Sodano greets Pope Benedict XVI in the Clementine Hall on Feb. 28, 2013.

Cardinals bid Pope farewell with hearts full of thanks

Feb 28, 2013

Echoing the disciples on the Road to Emmaus, Cardinal Angelo Sodano told Pope Benedict that the cardinals’ hearts “burned when... Read more

Bishop Jeffrey Monforton, bishop of Steubenville, celebrated Mass on the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter.

Catholic college students honor Pope Benedict's last days

Feb 28, 2013

Students at American Catholic universities are observing the end of Pope Benedict XVI’s papacy with special Masses, prayers and acts... Read more

CNA

Atheist Nobel prize winner mourns Pope's retirement

Feb 27, 2013

An atheist Peruvian author has praised the spiritual and intellectual stature of Pope Benedict XVI and said that his departure... Read more

Archbishop Rino Fisichella discusses Pope Benedict's last audience on Feb. 27, 2013.

Pope's final audience was bittersweet for cardinals

Feb 27, 2013

The cardinals and bishops who attended Pope Benedict XVI’s last big public appearance made sure to show him their love... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI responds to the crowd at his final general audience on Feb. 27, 2013.

Pope confident God will guide Church in days ahead

Feb 27, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI told the 150,000 people who came to his final general audience that he is filled with trust... Read more

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Benedict's faith encyclical could appear in different form

Feb 27, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI's anticipated encyclical on faith will not be released before his resignation but it may appear in another... Read more

Father Michael P. Gallagher discusses Pope Benedict's decision in a Feb. 25 interview with CNA.

Vatileaks not at center of Pope's decision, priest states

Feb 26, 2013

An Irish theologian who is familiar with the life and thought of Pope Benedict XVI says his decision to resign... Read more

CNA

Young people across globe thank Pope in video

Feb 26, 2013

A group of young people from Madrid have posted a two-minute video online with international messages thanking  Pope Benedict XVI... Read more

Next Pope can still be 'Pontifex' on Twitter

Feb 26, 2013

The Vatican has dispelled claims that Pope Benedict XVI's “Pontifex” Twitter account will be shut down permanently, clarifying that it... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI gives the final blessing at the Nov. 14, 2012 general audience.

Pope Benedict chooses his new wardrobe

Feb 26, 2013

Pope Benedict has decided what he will wear once he is no longer Pope – a simple white cassock, and... Read more

Father Federico Lombardi speaks to the media at the Vatican press office.

Pope Benedict's new name revealed

Feb 26, 2013

The Holy See press office revealed today that Pope Benedict XVI will retain his papal name but will be called... Read more

Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington DC speaks during a press conference in the Vatican Press Office

Cardinal Wuerl thanks Pope for guidance and humble example

Feb 25, 2013

Pope Benedict’s eight years of service to the Church should leave the faithful filled with gratitude and renewed in both... Read more

CNA

Spanish bishop says Benedict is latest in line of holy Popes

Feb 25, 2013

Throughout the past century, God has blessed the Church with exceptional Popes, including Benedict XVI, said Bishop Demetrio Fernandez of... Read more

Archbishop Pier Luigi Celata answers questions from the media about the motu proprio on Feb. 25, 2013.

Pope Benedict allows earlier conclave, extends secrecy oath

Feb 25, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI has changed Church law allowing cardinals to vote earlier for the new Pope, provided that they are... Read more

CNA

Cardinal Bertone calls contemplatives to pray for conclave

Feb 25, 2013

The Vatican Secretary of State has written to the world’s nuns and monks to ask for their prayers for the... Read more

CNA

Conclave expected between March 9 and 11

Feb 24, 2013

The conclave to choose the next Pope will likely begin between March 9th and 11th.  Read more

Pope Benedict XVI rests at his summer residence in Castel Gandolfo in July 2010.

Pope will change rule for conclave date tomorrow

Feb 24, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI will issue a motu proprio on Feb. 25, clearing the way for the College of Cardinals to... Read more