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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Pope emeritus Benedict XVI.

German Catholic bishop: Benedict XVI did not want to cover up clerical abuse

Feb 4, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Bishop Stefan Oster noted that Benedict had fought abuse ‘against no small opposition in the Vatican.’ Read more

Cardinal Fernando Filoni. Photo credits: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Who is Benedict XVI? Cardinal Filoni shares his testimony

Jan 28, 2022

By Cardinal Fernando Filoni

‘I have never found in him any shadow or attempt to hide or minimize anything.’ Read more

The dome of St. Peter’s Basilica.

Munich abuse report: Vatican editorial director says don’t look for ‘scapegoats’

Jan 26, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Andrea Tornielli highlighted Benedict XVI’s efforts to ‘combat pedophilia’ in the Church. Read more

Pope emeritus Benedict XVI, pictured in summer 2017.

Benedict XVI confirms he attended disputed 1980 meeting in Munich

Jan 24, 2022

By CNA Staff

A statement said that the mistake was the result of an editing error. Read more

Pope emeritus Benedict XVI.

Archbishop Gänswein: Benedict XVI is praying for victims in wake of Munich abuse report

Jan 20, 2022

By CNA Staff

‘The pope emeritus ... expresses his shock and shame at the abuse of minors committed by clerics.’ Read more

The Frauenkirche, the cathedral of the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising.

Benedict XVI, Cardinal Marx faulted in Munich abuse report

Jan 20, 2022

By CNA Staff

The report covers 1977 to 1982, when the future Benedict XVI led the archdiocese. Read more

Pope emeritus Benedict XVI.

10 things to know about Pope emeritus Benedict XVI

Jan 14, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

A recent investigative report concerning the Archdiocese of Munich has placed Pope emeritus Benedict XVI in the media spotlight again.... Read more

The Frauenkirche, the cathedral of the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising.

Benedict XVI, Munich, and cover-up claims: why an old allegation is resurfacing

Jan 6, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The Vatican firmly rejected the assertions in 2010. Read more

Bishop Rudolf Voderholzer, Pope emeritus Benedict XVI, and Archbishop Georg Gänswein with the nativity scene on Dec. 8, 2021.

Benedict XVI receives nativity scene from homeland of Bavaria

Dec 9, 2021

By CNA Staff

A Christmas crib was also presented to Pope Francis. Read more

Archbishop Georg Gänswein in St. Peter’s Square on Sept. 25, 2019.

Archbishop Gänswein: Benedict XVI had three COVID-19 vaccine doses ‘out of conviction’

Dec 3, 2021

By CNA Staff

He said: ‘One must not force anyone to vaccinate ... But one should appeal to the conscience.’ Read more

Benedict XVI meets with recipients of the Ratzinger Prize on Nov. 13, 2021.

Benedict XVI meets with recipients of the Ratzinger Prize

Nov 13, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The meeting lasted one hour and allowed each of the academics to discuss their work with the pope emeritus. Read more

Pope emeritus Benedict XVI, pictured in 2010.

Benedict XVI marks 10th anniversary of Orthodox leader’s death

Nov 8, 2021

By CNA Staff

Metropolitan Damaskinos wrote numerous works on ecumenism. Read more

Archbishop Gänswein and Pope emeritus Benedict XVI.

Benedict XVI is ‘full of zest for life,’ says Archbishop Gänswein

Oct 21, 2021

By CNA Staff

The archbishop said the 94-year-old is ‘stable in his physical weakness.’ Read more

Benedict XVI.

‘I hope that I can join them soon’: Benedict XVI sends condolence message after friend’s death

Oct 19, 2021

By CNA Staff

He said that the death of Fr. Gerhard Winkler touched him deeply. Read more

Pope Benedict XVI on Aug. 28, 2010.

Benedict XVI: Legalization of same-sex marriage is ‘a distortion of conscience’

Sep 16, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

He made the remark in an introduction to a new anthology of his writings, which has a preface by Pope... Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience on Aug. 18, 2021.

Analysis: What's behind rumors that Pope Francis will resign?

Aug 30, 2021

By Andrea Gagliarducci

According to an Argentine priest who has known Pope Francis since his days in Buenos Aires, "there is only one... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI on Aug. 28, 2010.

Benedict XVI laments lack of faith within Church institutions in Germany

Jul 26, 2021

By CNA Staff

The pope emeritus spoke about faith, worldliness, and the institutional Church. Read more

Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI greet each other at the 65th priestly ordination of Pope Emeritus XVI at the Clementine Hall.

Benedict XVI praying ‘fervently’ for Pope Francis’ recovery from surgery

Jul 6, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis is recuperating at Rome’s Gemelli Hospital. Read more

Pope Francis greets Benedict XVI at the Vatican’s Mater Ecclesiae Monastery on Nov. 28, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media.

Pope Francis thanks Benedict XVI on his 70th ordination anniversary

Jun 29, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis called the pope emeritus “the contemplative of the Vatican.” Read more

Archbishop Georg Gänswein at the exposition in Rome.

Exhibit commemorating Benedict XVI’s 70 years as a priest opens in Rome

Jun 28, 2021

By ACI Prensa

Benedict XVI's personal secretary, Archbishop Georg Ganswein, inaugurated an exhibition in Rome to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Joseph Ratzinger’s... Read more