Benedict XVI Latest News

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

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Pope Benedict's former butler Paolo Gabriele (R), sits at the start of the trial Sept. 29, 2012 at the Vatican.

Trial reveals papal butler's interest in Masonry, Church scandals

Oct 3, 2012

The judges presiding over the trial of the Pope's former butler heard today that his apartment contained piles of documents... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI.

Pope says liturgical abuses detract from Christ

Oct 3, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI has reminded Catholics that the liturgy belongs to Jesus Christ and his Church, and should not be... Read more


Pope to examine social networks as portals of faith

Oct 2, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI will release a message in January 2013 that will examine the promise of social networks like Facebook... Read more

The Pope's butler Paolo Gabriele (R) sits in the courtroom of the Vatican tribunal, at the Vatican on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012. L'Osservatore Romano/CNA.

Pope's butler pleads innocent in document theft

Oct 2, 2012

Despite his confession to Vatican police, papal butler Paolo Gabriele has said he is innocent of stealing Pope Benedict XVI’s... Read more

Bishop-designate Joseph E. Strickland speaks to the press on Sept. 29, 2012.

Pope names Texas monsignor as new Tyler bishop

Oct 1, 2012

By Kevin J. Jones

In a rare move, Pope Benedict XVI has named Monsignor Joseph E. Strickland, the vicar general of the Diocese of... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI at Castel Gandolfo.

Pope: Rejoice when non-Catholics do good

Sep 30, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI says that Catholics should be delighted whenever non-Catholics do what is good or embrace what is true.  Read more

Paolo Gabriele (right) appears in the Vatican's court room on Sept. 29, 2012 facing charges of aggrevated theft. CNA/L'Osservatore Romano.

Mountain of evidence revealed as trial of Pope's butler begins

Sep 29, 2012

The trial of the Pope Benedict XVI’s former butler began this morning at the Vatican as the 46-year-old Paolo Gabriele... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI at the April 18, 2012 general audience in St. Peter's Square.

The liturgy raises hearts to God like no other prayer, Pope says

Sep 26, 2012

Pope Benedict says that the public prayer of the Church, known as the liturgy, is a wonderful school of prayer... Read more


Pope urges care, protection of Colombia's indigenous people

Sep 24, 2012

In a message to Colombia's bishops, Pope Benedict said government leaders should not manipulate or exploit indigenous people in the... Read more


Pope tells French bishops defense of marriage is prophetic

Sep 21, 2012

Against the backdrop of an effort to recognize “gay marriage” in France, Pope Benedict XVI told a group of French... Read more


Third installment of 'Jesus of Nazareth' due out in Italy at Christmas

Sep 21, 2012

The Vatican Publishing House has signed an agreement allowing the publication of Pope Benedict's latest book on Jesus, which focuses... Read more

Bishop Kevin Vann.

Bishop Vann to head fastest growing US diocese

Sep 21, 2012

By Carl Bunderson

Bishop Kevin W. Vann of Fort Worth, Texas has been named the fourth bishop of Orange, Calif. by Pope Benedict... Read more


Pope greets Rome's rabbi ahead of holy days

Sep 20, 2012

In celebration of three upcoming Jewish holy days, Pope Benedict XVI sent a message of prayer and friendship to Riccardo... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI makes his way through St. Peter's Basilica in July 2012.

Pope charges new bishops to boldly proclaim the faith

Sep 20, 2012

Pope Benedict called on a group of newly-consecrated bishops to boldly present the Gospel to everyone, so that they encounter... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI speaks during an in-flight press conference on his way to Lebanon.

Benedict XVI: fundamentalism a 'falsification' of religion

Sep 14, 2012

Pope Benedict described fundamentalism as “a falsification of religion,” which goes against its true purpose as “an invitation to share... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI speaks during his wednesday general audience in Paul VI Hall.

Pope Benedict urges Christians to be 'builders of peace' in Middle East

Sep 12, 2012

Only 48-hours before his Apostolic Visit to Lebanon begins, Pope Benedict XVI has called upon the Christians of the Middle... Read more

Fr. Federico Lombardi.

Vatican says Pope's trip to Lebanon was never in doubt

Sep 11, 2012

The Vatican says that Pope Benedict's apostolic visit to Lebanon Sept. 14-16 was never second-guessed, despite the civil war in... Read more


Christians, Muslims to hold vigil as Lebanon papal visit approaches

Sep 10, 2012

Christians and Muslims will come together for a prayer vigil on Sept. 12 to invoke the protection of God and... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI (File Photo).

'Be opened' sums up Christ's mission, Pope says

Sep 9, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI says that the public ministry of Jesus Christ is encapsulated in one “small but very important” Aramaic... Read more

Father Giuseppe Costa speaks with CNA in Rome.

Vatican hopes Apple partnership will spread Pope's message

Sep 8, 2012

The Vatican has teamed up with Apple to develop new hi-tech methods for communicating the works of Pope Benedict XVI... Read more