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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Former Colombian hostages thank Pope for his prayers

Jun 6, 2012

A group of eight Colombians who were kidnapped for over ten years by the country's Marxist rebel group told Pope... Read more

During his visit to Milan, Pope Benedict XVI meets with young people at the San Siro Stadium.

Pope recalls the 'inspiring witness' of Milan family gathering

Jun 6, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI says he saw an “inspiring witness” during his three-day apostolic visit to the June 1-3 World Meeting... Read more

Archbishop Charles Chaput speaks at a July 2011 press conference in Philadelphia.

Pope to attend World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia

Jun 6, 2012

By Kevin J. Jones

Pope Benedict XVI personally chose Philadelphia as the site for the next World Meeting of Families and, health permitting, will... Read more

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God holds the 'heart of mankind' in his hand, Pope says

Jun 5, 2012

At the conclusion of a lunch with Church leaders in Milan on June 3, Pope Benedict XVI said that despite... Read more

Father John Baker holds up the letter bestowing the designation of Basilica on St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Key West, Fla.

New basilica links Miami archdiocese with Pope

Jun 4, 2012

A historic Florida parish dedicated to the Virgin Mary as “Star of the Sea” has been granted the status of... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI celebrates Mass at the seventh World Meeting of Families on June 3, 2012.

Pope: The married family can change the world

Jun 3, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI has told the 7th World Meeting of Families in Milan that the family based upon marriage can... Read more

Pope Benedict embraces Archbishop Charles Chaput at the June 3, 2012 closing Mass in Milan. CNA/World Meeting of Families.

Pope reveals next World Meeting of Families is in Philadelphia

Jun 3, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI announced this morning at the closing Mass of the seventh World Meeting of Families that the next... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI addresses the crowd in front of the shrine to Our Lady of Lourdes in the Vatican Gardens on May 31, 2012.

Mary’s life reminds us to trust God’s plan, Pope says

Jun 1, 2012

The Virgin Mary’s docility to the will of God should remind everybody that the Lord has a plan for each... Read more

Cardinal Angelo Scola of Milan speaks May 22, 2012 at the Vatican's press office about the World Meeting of Families.

Cardinal Scola sees signs of revival in Christian family life

May 31, 2012

On the eve of Pope Benedict’s visit to the 7th World Meeting of Families in Milan, the city’s archbishop believes... Read more

\Pope Benedict XVI at the April 18, 2012 general audience.

Pope is saddened by 'Vatileaks' case but trusts God

May 30, 2012

In a rare statement after today's general audience, Pope Benedict XVI said that while he is distressed by the “Vatileaks”... Read more

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Knights of Columbus to hold global prayer for Pope

May 29, 2012

On the 35th anniversary of Pope Benedict XVI's episcopal ordination, the head of the Knights of Columbus has asked all... Read more

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Pope meets Costa Rican president, discusses defense of life

May 29, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI met with President Laura Chinchilla of Costa Rica at the Vatican, discussing a number of issues including... Read more

Archbishop-designate Samuel J. Aquila.

Joy overcomes Denver's future archbishop

May 29, 2012

By Marianne Medlin

As Archbishop-designate Samuel J. Aquila of Fargo, N.D. assumes his role as Denver's new shepherd, the former Coloradan brings with... Read more

Archbishop-designate Samuel J. Aquila.

Pope appoints Fargo bishop to lead Denver archdiocese

May 29, 2012

By Marianne Medlin

Filling a post vacant for over eight months, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Bishop Samuel J. Aquila of Fargo, N.D., as... Read more

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Pope says personal conversion is first step of New Evangelization

May 24, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI told the bishops of Italy today that personal holiness is an indispensable first step to reconverting their... Read more

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Absentee dads hinder children’s understanding of God, Pope says

May 23, 2012

Dads who are absent from their family make it more difficult for their children to understand God as a loving... Read more

Didier Drogba of Chelsea celebrates winning the UEFA Champions League Final.

Vatican pays tribute to soccer star Didier Drogba

May 22, 2012

The Vatican’s sports office has paid tribute to Chelsea striker Didier Drogba after the Catholic soccer star gave credit to... Read more

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Pope Benedict thanks God for 'dark nights' in his life

May 22, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI has revealed to his closest collaborators in the Sacred College of Cardinals how the “dark nights” of... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI at a recent general audience in St. Peter's Square.

Pope says Jesus' Ascension confirmed promise of heaven

May 20, 2012

The Ascension of Jesus should remind Christians of the promise of Heaven and the power of earthly prayer, Pope Benedict... Read more

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Trust Pope's judgment on SSPX deal, senior rabbi says

May 18, 2012

A leading American rabbi and Holocaust refugee says people should trust Pope Benedict’s judgment when it comes to the Church possibly... Read more