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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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


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


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

Pope Benedict XVI responds to the crowd at the Feb. 17, 2013 Angelus.

Pope Benedict says he is not 'abandoning the Church'

Feb 24, 2013

Around 120,000 pilgrims heard Pope Benedict XVI deliver his last Angelus address, in which he said that “the Lord called... Read more

Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan is greeted by his brother cardinals at the Feb. 18, 2012 consistory in St. Peter's Basilica. CNA file photo.

Vatican slams media for trying to influence papal vote

Feb 23, 2013

As the conclave to elect a new Pope approaches, the media has ramped up its speculation about why the Pope... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI.

Pope spends final retreat exploring truth, beauty connection

Feb 23, 2013

Benedict XVI finished his final Lenten spiritual exercises as Pope by thanking his collaborators for support and help these last... Read more

Saverio Petrillo, director of the pontifical villas at Castel Gandolfo. File photo CNA.

Castel Gandolfo prepares to receive first retired Pope

Feb 23, 2013

Residents of the town that is home to the Pope’s summer residence say they are happy Pope Benedict is returning... Read more

Catholics praying at Mass.

Poll finds strong approval for Pope Benedict, Catholic tradition

Feb 22, 2013

As the Feb. 28 resignation of Pope Benedict XVI approaches, the vast majority of U.S. Catholics have a favorable view... Read more


God will help choose next Pope, cardinal stresses

Feb 21, 2013

Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani of Lima, Peru, discouraged a spirit of intrigue surrounding the upcoming conclave and said the new... Read more

Fr. Lombardi and Fr. Rosica give Feb. 21, 2013 update at the Vatican press office.

Vatican official: prepare for resignation with spiritual growth, not division

Feb 21, 2013

At a press briefing to preview the Pope’s final events, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said now is a time... Read more

Father Federico Lombardi holds a Feb. 21, 2013 briefing at the Vatican press office.

New Pope will handle Pius X Society decision

Feb 21, 2013

The effort to reach an agreement between the Church and the Society of St. Pius X will be passed on... Read more

Msgr. Keith Newton, Ordinary of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham gives a homily during Mass at the Altar of St. Joseph in St. Peter's Basilica.

Pope praised for trailblazing unity with Anglicans

Feb 21, 2013

By Carl Bunderson

Pope Benedict's move allowing Anglican converts to enter the Catholic Church as a group makes him “the Pope of Christian... Read more

Msgr. Ignacio Barreiro, director of HLI's Rome office, holds a photo of himself with Pope Benedict during a Feb. 15, 2013 interview.

Catholic leaders say Pope will be remembered for marriage defense

Feb 20, 2013

Two leaders from one of the world’s largest pro-life groups think Pope Benedict XVI will be remembered for defending traditional... Read more

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

Pope considering changes to papal election rules

Feb 20, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI is considering modifying the laws that govern how a Pope is elected, given the circumstances created by... Read more

Pilgrims in St. Peter's Square for the May 1, 2011 beatification of Pope John Paul II.

Benedict XVI's crowds slightly larger than John Paul II's

Feb 20, 2013

The streets of Rome are beginning to fill with pilgrims coming to see Benedict XVI for one last time, bringing... Read more

World Youth Day pilgrims from across the globe pack into Madrid's famous Cibeles Square to greet the Pope on August 18, 2011.

Young Catholics recall Pope's profound outreach

Feb 20, 2013

As Pope Benedict XVI prepares to conclude his duties as Holy Father, young Catholics are recalling his marked efforts to... Read more

Mother Angelica, Prioress of St. Mary of the Rosary Convent, gives an interview to CNA on Feb. 16, 2013.

Cloistered nun believes monastic life will extend Pope's reach

Feb 19, 2013

Pope Benedict’s decision to dedicate himself to a life of prayer will enable him to impact people who might not... Read more


Pope's brother says resignation is beneficial to Church

Feb 19, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI’s older brother explained that the pontiff’s decision to resign is good for the Body of Christ because... Read more