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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 Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict embrace each other at the Vatican's Mater Ecclesiae Monastery, June 30, 2015.

‘I lost a dad’: Pope Francis speaks about losing Benedict XVI

Jan 25, 2023

By AC Wimmer

In an interview with the AP, Pope Francis spoke about his relationship with his predecessor, Benedict XVI. Read more

Pope Benedict XVI in 2005 and Cardinal Mario Grech in 2022

Cardinal Grech: Benedict XVI was misunderstood throughout his life

Jan 21, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

“Incomprehension was a constant factor in the life and mission of this man,” Cardinal Mario Grech said. Read more

The cuddly bear commemorating the late Pope Benedict XVI, created by the Coburg, Bavaria, company Hermann Teddy Fabrik in Germany.

Meet the ‘Benedict Bears’: Cuddly companions commemorate the late pope emeritus

Jan 20, 2023

By AC Wimmer

A traditional toy manufacturer in the Bavarian town of Coburg has produced two limited editions of its iconic teddy bears... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI

In new book, the late Benedict XVI defends Christianity against claims of intolerance

Jan 19, 2023

By AC Wimmer

In the book, the late pontiff warns of a “radical manipulation of human beings” and “the distortion of the sexes... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI.

Brazilian bishop authorizes prayer for private devotion to Benedict XVI

Jan 18, 2023

By CNA Staff

“As children of the Church we must pray and ask God for his eternal rest in heaven,” the prelate said... Read more

Austrian Cardinal Christoph Schönborn (left) and Archbishop Georg Gänswein, longtime personal secretary for Pope Benedict XVI.

Cardinal Schönborn calls Gänswein book ‘unseemly indiscretion,’ confirms key detail of Benedict papacy

Jan 18, 2023

By AC Wimmer

Austrian Cardinal Christoph Schönborn on Wednesday confirmed he was the person who encouraged Joseph Ratzinger to accept the conclave’s decision. Read more

Pilot Raúl Ruiz.

Meet the Spanish pilot who paid homage to Benedict XVI on a flight to Rome

Jan 16, 2023

By Almudena Martínez-Bordiú

Raúl Ruiz, 50, said he felt the need to dedicate something to the late pope “and share it with all... Read more

Eric Geller reported on cybersecurity for the news outlet politico for six and a half years.

Reporter appears to be no longer at Politico after tweets slandering Pope Benedict XVI 

Jan 11, 2023

By Joe Bukuras

A reporter for Politico indicates that he is no longer with the organization following a tweet he made slandering the... Read more


Analysis: What to read in Benedict XVI’s secretary’s ‘tell-all’ book?

Jan 11, 2023

By Andrea Gagliarducci

“Nothing but the Truth: My Life Beside Benedict XVI” by Archbishop Georg Gänswein comes out on Jan. 12, but CNA... Read more

Archbishop Georg Gänswein and Pope Francis

Pope Francis meets with Benedict XVI’s longtime secretary, Archbishop Gänswein

Jan 9, 2023

By Jonathan Liedl

The private audience with the pope took place shortly before the public release of Gänswein’s forthcoming book detailing his nearly... Read more

Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Michael Crotty unveils the new sign of Pope Benedict XVI Street in Burkina Faso’s capital, Ouagadougou.

Visit the Burkina Faso street named in honor of Pope Benedict XVI

Jan 8, 2023

By ACI Africa

The thoroughfare in Ouagadougou is known as Pope Benedict XVI Street. Read more

John Paul Uebbing's big moment.

Pope Benedict’s kiss goodbye

Jan 8, 2023

By CNA Staff

The infant son of a former Catholic News Agency editor received a farewell kiss on his forehead from Pope Benedict... Read more

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