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 Benedict XVI in St. Peter's Square, April 18, 2012.

Pope outlines power of the Holy Spirit in prayer

May 16, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI says Christians should avail themselves to the Holy Spirit in prayer – particularly when they cannot find... Read more

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Fashion company makes amends for Pope-imam 'kissing' ad

May 15, 2012

An Italian fashion company has settled a legal conflict with the Vatican, which arose in 2011 after an ad campaign... Read more

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Leaked SSPX letters reveal internal discord over Vatican negotiations

May 14, 2012

Recently leaked documents reveal the correspondence between four bishops of the Society of St. Pius X, which show disagreement over... Read more

Archbishop Denis Hart of Melbourne.

Pope to create Australian ordinariate for Anglicans

May 11, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI will continue the expansion of the new Catholic Church structure created for former Anglicans by launching an... Read more

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Pope advances causes of two possible US saints

May 10, 2012

Two figures in U.S. Catholic history, a 19th century bishop and a 20th century religious sister, moved closer to possible... Read more

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

Pope Benedict speaks about power of prayer in his life

May 9, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI says he has been sustained during his seven years as pontiff by the prayers of people around... Read more

Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller preaches March 15 at the tomb of St. Peter during the Region X ad limina visit.

Texas bishops hear call to unity at St. Peter's tomb

Mar 15, 2012

Bishops must strengthen their bonds of unity in order to evangelize the world, San Antonio Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller said in... Read more

Anglican Archbishop Rowan Williams and Pope Benedict XVI

Convert priest thrilled to host Pope and Archbishop of Canterbury

Mar 9, 2012

Catholic convert Father Peter Hughes prefers to describe himself as “an Anglican who is now in full communion with Peter.”  Read more

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Pope: each confession helps the New Evangelization

Mar 9, 2012

Confession and true conversion of people’s hearts is the “motor” of all reform and an authentic “force for evangelization,” Pope... Read more

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Youth need Catholic vision of sexuality, Pope tells American bishops

Mar 9, 2012

In an address that tackled attempts to redefine marriage, Pope Benedict XVI challenged the bishops of the United States to... Read more

Bishop Samuel Aquila concelebrating Mass at the Basilica of St John Lateran March 8, 2012.

Bishop Aquila receives Pope's praise for reordering sacraments

Mar 8, 2012

Bishop Samuel Aquila of Fargo said he is delighted to have first-hand papal approval for changing the order by which... Read more

Bishop-designate Liam S. Cary

Pope names new bishop of Baker, Oregon

Mar 8, 2012

By Kevin J. Jones

Pope Benedict XVI’s March 7 appointment of Fr. Liam Stephen Cary as the new bishop of Oregon’s Baker diocese was... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter's Square

Noisy world is enemy of prayer, says Pope Benedict

Mar 7, 2012

The constant noise that accompanies modern life is an enemy of God’s word being heard in prayer, Pope Benedict XVI... Read more

Archbishop Nienstedt gives the homily during Mass with Region VIII bishops in the Basilica of St. Mary Major's Borghese Chapel on March 5, 2012.

Archbishop Nienstedt says Mary is with bishops during trials

Mar 6, 2012

Archbishop John C. Nienstedt of St. Paul and Minneapolis exhorted his brother bishops to stay close to Mary, and recalled... Read more

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Jesus is our light in dark times, Pope Benedict says

Mar 4, 2012

The transfiguration of Christ reminds us that Jesus is the light who can overcome any darkness in our lives, Pope... Read more

A 1951 family photo with (L to R) Maria, Georg, Maria (mother), Joseph and Joseph Ratzinger, Sr. Photos courtesy of Ignatius Press

Msgr. Ratzinger's new book recalls growing up with Pope Benedict XVI

Feb 29, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI's brother, Monsignor Georg Ratzinger, is due to publish a memoir reflecting on his relationship of eight decades... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI arrives at Santa Sabina Basilica for the Ash Wednesday service on March 9, 2011 in Rome, Italy.

Pope says ashes symbolize austerity and resurrection

Feb 22, 2012

By Kevin J. Jones

Like millions of Catholics around the world, Pope Benedict XVI received ashes on Ash Wednesday. He said that they become... Read more

Bishop-designate Msgr. George A. Sheltz

Pope names native son as new auxiliary of Galveston-Houston archdiocese

Feb 21, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI named Houston native Msgr. George A. Sheltz on Feb. 21 as the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston’s next auxiliary... Read more