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Read the latest news regarding the late Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, his life, and his legacy.

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Pope Benedict XVI on May 13, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI: Doctor of the Church?

Jan 8, 2023

By Matthew Bunson

There are currently 37 Doctors of the Church, from Irenaeus of Lyon in the third century to Thérèse of Lisieux... Read more

The coffin of Pope Benedict XVI is prepared for interment in the crypt of St. Peter's Basilica on Jan. 5, 2023.

How to visit the tomb of Benedict XVI

Jan 7, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Vatican crypt will reopen to the public on Jan. 8. Read more

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI in summer 2017

A look back: Benedict XVI’s life as pope emeritus

Jan 7, 2023

By Courtney Mares

Pope Benedict XVI spent the final years of his life largely out of the public eye, living in retirement as... Read more

Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, the outgoing president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, speaking on Nov. 15, 2022, at the conference's fall assembly in Baltimore.

LA archbishop Gomez: Pope Benedict XVI put Jesus at the center of his life

Jan 6, 2023

By CNA Staff

Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles said that while the late pope will be remembered for his great intellect, his... Read more

Visit to the United States - April 15- 20, 2008

American Catholics remember Benedict XVI’s singular brilliance, love for beauty

Jan 6, 2023

By Peter Pinedo

“You can’t understand him simply as a brain. You have to understand him as a person who had a real... Read more

U.S. President Joe Biden signs the condolence book for Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI at the Apostolic Nunciature of the Holy See in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 5, 2023.

Biden visits Vatican embassy to pay respects to Benedict XVI

Jan 6, 2023

By Joe Bukuras

The president visited the apostolic nunciature in Washington, D.C., Thursday to sign a book of condolences for Pope Benedict XVI,... Read more

Archbishop Georg Ganswein (left), longtime personal secretary of Pope Benedict XVI, kisses the coffin of friend and mentor at his funeral on Jan. 5, 2023, at the Vatican.

Analysis: A closer look at the ceremonial details of Benedict XVI’s funeral

Jan 6, 2023

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Without question, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s funeral was a pope’s funeral. But there were clear signals that it was not... Read more

Some 17,000 people are gathered in St. Louis, Missouri for SEEK23, a weeklong conference of speakers, prayer, and fellowship put on by the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS).

Catholic speakers at SEEK23 remember Pope Benedict XVI on the day of his burial

Jan 5, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

Some 17,000 people are gathered in St. Louis for a weeklong conference of speakers, prayer, and fellowship put on by... Read more

Benedict XVI’s coffin exits St. Peter’s Basilica beneath an image of Christ’s resurrection on the morning of his funeral Jan. 5, 2022

The story behind the image hanging at Benedict XVI’s funeral 

Jan 5, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

The image, which hung in front of the central entrance to St. Peter’s Basilica, appears to be a copy of... Read more

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A Ratzinger reader: 5 books to help you encounter Pope Benedict XVI

Jan 5, 2023

By Matthew Bunson

Here are five suggestions for a Benedict reading list. They span decades and topics, but each has been chosen as... Read more

Tabea Schneider (far left) with a group of other pilgrims who traveled 20 hours by bus from Cologne, Germany, to attend the funeral of Pope Benedict XVI on Jan. 5, 2023, in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican.

People attending Benedict XVI’s funeral recall their personal memories of a ‘humble pope’

Jan 5, 2023

By Courtney Mares

More than 50,000 people attended the Jan. 5 funeral for the pope emeritus who died at the age of 95... Read more

Archbishop Georg Gänswein (right), the longtime personal secretary for Benedict XVI,  kneels to kiss the book of the Gospels atop the coffin of the pope emeritus on Jan. 5, 2023, in St. Peter's Square

PHOTOS: Scenes from the funeral of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

Jan 5, 2023

By Daniel Ibañez

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI was laid to rest Thursday following a funeral Mass attended by tens of thousands of people. Read more

Before the wooden coffin is closed, Benedict XVI’s personal secretary Archbishop Georg Gänswein and Monsignor Diego Giovanni Ravelli, the Vatican’s lead master of ceremonies for papal liturgies, place a white veil over the late pope’s face. The action on Jan. 4, 2023, is part of the funeral rites for popes.

PHOTOS: Solemn images of the closing of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s coffin

Jan 5, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

The casket was closed in a private ceremony in St. Peter’s Basilica on the evening of Jan. 4 after three... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI's coffin is carried in St. Peter's Basilica on Jan. 5, 2023.

PHOTOS: Benedict XVI laid to rest in private ceremony

Jan 5, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

Benedict’s wooden coffin was placed in the crypt under the central part of St. Peter’s Basilica, in the first tomb... Read more

Watch EWTN's coverage of the funeral Mass for Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

Missed Pope Benedict XVI’s funeral? Watch it here

Watch EWTN's live coverage of the funeral Mass for Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. Read more

Pope Francis delivers the homily at the funeral Mass for Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI in St. Peter's Square on Jan. 5, 2023.

FULL TEXT: Pope Francis’ homily at Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s funeral Mass

Jan 5, 2023

By Pope Francis

“Benedict, faithful friend of the Bridegroom, may your joy be complete as you hear his voice, now and forever!” Read more

The coffin of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is carried into St. Peter's Square prior to his funeral Mass on Jan. 5, 2023.

Benedict XVI’s funeral: Tens of thousands attend simple, solemn liturgy for beloved pope emeritus

Royalty, cardinals, patriarchs, government officials, and many Catholic families and religious attended the funeral of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI on... Read more

Cardinal Joseph Zen, former bishop of Hong Hong, attends the funeral Mass for Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI on Jan. 5, 2023, in St. Peter's Square.

Cardinal Zen attends Benedict XVI funeral after Hong Kong authorities release passport

Jan 5, 2023

By Courtney Mares

The 90-year-old cardinal from Hong Kong arrived in St. Peter’s Square dressed in red and walking with a cane to... Read more

A woman prays in St. Peter's Basilica on Jan. 4, 2023, during the final day that the body of the late Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is lying in state

Here’s how to pray the U.S. bishops’ special novena for Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

Jan 4, 2023

By Peter Pinedo

The novena asks God “to bestow his infinite mercy on the man who served the Church as Bishop of Rome.” Read more

U.S. President Joe Biden

Biden says he ‘admired’ Pope Benedict, recalls conversation about Aquinas

Jan 4, 2023

By Kevin J. Jones

President Joe Biden on Wednesday professed his admiration for the late Pope Benedict XVI, recalling their meeting in which they... Read more