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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

Portugal’s President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, pictured Dec. 18, 2017

Portugal’s president unhappy with Vatican delegation restrictions for Benedict XVI funeral

Jan 4, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

President Marcelo Nuno Duarte Rebelo de Sousa has taken issue with the announcement that only Italy and Germany would have... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI leads the recitation of the Holy Rosary during a candlelight vigil at the Catholic shrine of Fatima in central Portugal, May 12, 2010.

Benedict XVI’s funeral: How to watch, what to expect

Jan 4, 2023

By Joe Bukuras

The funeral of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI will be held on Thursday in Rome in St. Peter’s Square at 9:30... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI during his arrival in the Lisbon airport on May 11, 2010

Benedict XVI’s theology summed up by his last words, says theologian

Jan 4, 2023

By Peter Pinedo

To theologian Chad Pecknold, the hallmark of all Benedict XVI’s teaching is “that encounter with Jesus Christ [that] is divine... Read more

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Catholic bishops in Africa recall ‘great self-sacrifice’ of Pope Benedict XVI

Jan 4, 2023

By Jude Atemanke

Writing on behalf of Catholic bishops in Africa, Congolese Cardinal Ambongo said Benedict XVI invited Africa to “trust in itself... Read more

Father Joseph Fessio with then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger during his 1999 visit to Ignatius Press

Father Fessio on ‘Professor Ratzinger,’ the future Benedict XVI

Jan 4, 2023

By Kevin J. Jones

Father Joseph Fessio, SJ, studied theology under Joseph Ratzinger and went on to found Ignatius Press, the main publisher of... Read more

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Anglican Ordinariate converts express gratitude for Benedict XVI’s ‘prophetic’ vision of unity

Jan 4, 2023

By Madeleine Teahan

The Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham was established in 2011 by Pope Benedict XVI to allow Anglicans to... Read more

Screenshot of Joe Biden with then Pope Benedict XVI while he was Vice President.

President Joe Biden will not attend Benedict XVI’s funeral

Jan 4, 2023

By Courtney Mares

The Vatican’s press office has confirmed that only two official state delegations — from Italy and Germany — were invited... Read more

Pope Francis gives his message during the weekly general audience in the Vatican's Paul VI Hall on Jan. 4, 2023

Pope Francis: Benedict XVI brought us to ‘encounter with Jesus’

Jan 4, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis began his message Jan. 4 with a reference to his predecessor, Benedict XVI, who died on Dec. 31. Read more