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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Susan Hanssen, Associate Professor of History at the University of Dallas, and John Garvey, President of Catholic University of America.

Pope remembered for linking education, love of God

Feb 19, 2013

By Carl Bunderson

Pope Benedict XVI has left a lasting mark on Catholic education by showing how reason and knowledge can lead to... Read more

Fra' Matthew Festing, the 79th Prince and Grand Master of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, speaks with CNA at the Knights of Malta's headquarters in Rome on Feb 18.

Knights of Malta leader praises Pope's character

Feb 18, 2013

As Pope Benedict XVI serves his last days in office, the head of the Knights of Malta paid tribute to... Read more


Mother who cooked for Pope recalls his paternal care

Feb 18, 2013

A woman who helped cook for the Pope during his visit to Spain in 2011 said the Holy Father looked... Read more

Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi speaks to the Pontifical Council for Culture on Feb. 6, 2013.

Pope's retreat focuses on faces of God and man

Feb 18, 2013

Along with the rest of the Roman Curia, Pope Benedict XVI began his second day of spiritual exercises by reflecting... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI.

Pope says Lent is spiritual battle

Feb 17, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI used his second to last Angelus to tell thousands of pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square that... Read more

Paulist Father Francesco Cupello speaks to CNA in St. Peter's Square after Pope Benedict XVI's meeting with the priests of Rome in Paul VI Hall on Feb 14, 2013.

Rome priests react with sadness to Pope's resignation

Feb 15, 2013

After meeting with Pope Benedict on Thursday, priests from the Rome diocese said they are sad he is retiring and... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI discusses Vatican II with priests from the Rome diocese on Feb. 14, 2013.

Pope: media helped spread misinterpretations of Vatican II

Feb 14, 2013

By CNA Staff

Pope Benedict XVI said that many of the misinterpretations of the Second Vatican Council were caused by the media promoting... Read more


New Pope will be the one God wants, Spanish bishop says

Feb 14, 2013

The secretary general of the Spanish Bishops’ Conference defended Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to resign and said that the Holy... Read more

Archbishop Georg Ga?nswein stands behind Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter's Square.

Archbishop Ganswein plans to remain prefect of Papal Household

Feb 14, 2013

Archbishop Georg Ganswein will move with Pope Benedict XVI when he retires on Feb. 28, but he also intends to... Read more

A view of Mater Ecclesiae monastery, the place where Pope Benedict XVI will retire to a life of prayer.

Nun describes simplicity of Pope's retirement monastery

Feb 14, 2013

One of the nuns that lived in the monastery where the Pope will retire says his choice shows his “great... Read more


Benedictine abbot sees good reasons for moving Pope's Mass

Feb 13, 2013

Given the number of people that inevitably swarmed to the Holy Father’s last public Mass, Benedictine Abbot Nokter Wolf understands... Read more

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

Pope urges conversion in face of modern temptations

Feb 13, 2013

After thanking everyone for their love and prayers since he announced his resignation, Pope Benedict XVI reflected on how modern... Read more

Father Federico Lombardi addresses the press on Feb. 11, 2013 about Pope Benedict XVI's resignation.

Vatican releases schedule for Pope's final days

Feb 13, 2013

The last days of Pope Benedict XVI will include three public appearances, a meeting with the priests of Rome, Lenten... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI greets pilgrims during the Nov. 14, 2012 general audience in Paul VI Hall.

Pope: I can 'almost physically' feel prayers and love

Feb 13, 2013

Two days after saying he will resign, Pope Benedict XVI said that he has been able to feel, “almost physically,”... Read more

Greg Burke, Holy See's secretary of state media advisor.

Pope decided to resign after Cuba trip, Vatican advisor says

Feb 13, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to step down from his office was made soon after his trip to Mexico and Cuba... Read more

Paul Badde of Die Welt in Rome on Feb. 12, 2013.

Vatican expert thinks Pope timed resignation for Easter

Feb 12, 2013

Pope Benedict's resignation during Lent is no coincidence according to a Vatican expert who thinks the timing was tied to... Read more


Bishops of Latin America united in prayer for Pope Benedict

Feb 12, 2013

The bishops of Latin America have voiced admiration for Pope Benedict XVI, calling his decision to resign from the papacy... Read more

Paul Badde of Die Welt speaks to CNA in Rome on Feb. 12, 2013.

German atheists suddenly respect Pope, says journalist

Feb 12, 2013

A German journalist and acquaintance of Pope Benedict XVI says atheists in their native country are more respectful of him... Read more

Pilgrims from Brazil celebrate after the announcement of WYD2013 in Rio de Janeiro.

New Pope will attend World Youth Day, Rio archbishop confirms

Feb 12, 2013

Amid news of Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation, the archbishop of Rio de Janeiro said the new Pope elected in the... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI celebrates Mass in St. Peter's Basilica on Oct. 28, 2012.

Pope's last Mass will be on Ash Wednesday in St. Peter's

Feb 12, 2013

Amid the buzz created by the Pope’s announcement that he will retire, it could be easy to miss the fact... Read more