Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

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Msgr. Georg Ratzinger.

Benedict XVI’s brother Georg Ratzinger has died 

Jul 1, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Benedict XVI’s older brother Georg Ratzinger died Wednesday, just a little more than one week after the pope emeritus’ visit.  Read more

Benedict XVI prepares to board a plane at Munich airport, June 22, 2020.

Benedict XVI returns to Rome after visiting ill brother in Germany

Jun 22, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Pope emeritus Benedict XVI arrived back in Rome Monday after a four-day trip to Germany to visit his ailing brother.  Read more

Pope emeritus Benedict XVI.

Benedict XVI to return to Rome June 22 after visit with ailing brother in Germany

Jun 21, 2020

Pope emeritus Benedict XVI will return to Rome and the Vatican on Monday, according to the Diocese of Regensburg.  Read more

Pope emeritus Benedict XVI.

Benedict XVI to pray at his family's gravesite in Germany

Jun 20, 2020

Pope emeritus Benedict XVI will visit his family’s gravesite and his former home in Pentling, Germany, in the afternoon on... Read more

Pope emeritus Benedict XVI.

Benedict XVI celebrates Mass with his ill brother on feast of the Sacred Heart

Jun 19, 2020

Pope emeritus Benedict XVI will celebrate Mass with his ailing brother on the feast of the Sacred Heart during his... Read more

Msgr. Georg Ratzinger.

Benedict XVI visits his ailing brother in Germany

Jun 18, 2020

Pope emeritus Benedict XVI is making a private visit to Germany to see his ailing brother Msgr. Georg Ratzinger.  Read more

 Pope John Paul II in 1996.

Full text: Benedict XVI's letter marking St. John Paul II's birth centenary

May 15, 2020

The full text of Pope emeritus Benedict XVI's letter marking the centenary of the birth of St. John Paul II. The... Read more

Pope John Paul II greets Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger during his inauguration October 22, 1978.

Benedict XVI hails John Paul II as ‘liberating restorer’ of Church

May 15, 2020

John Paul II was a “liberating restorer of the Church” in the turbulent years after the Second Vatican Council, Benedict... Read more

Benedict XVI holds his final general audience, Feb. 27, 2013.

In new biography, Benedict XVI laments modern 'anti-Christian creed'

May 4, 2020

Modern society is formulating an “anti-Christian creed” and punishing those who resist it with “social excommunication,” Benedict XVI has said... Read more

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

Benedict XVI celebrates his 93rd birthday during coronavirus lockdown

Apr 16, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI celebrated his 93rd birthday Thursday at his Vatican residence during Italy’s coronavirus lockdown.  Read more

Angelo Ciappelloni. Courtesy photo.

‘Follow me:’ How John Paul II and Benedict XVI led a Catholic back to the faith

Jan 23, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

How Angelo Ciappelloni found his faith at the funeral of John Paul II.  Read more

Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.

'No misunderstanding': Cardinal Sarah meets with pope emeritus

Jan 17, 2020

Cardinal Robert Sarah has met with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI to discuss the controversy following around their recently-published book "From... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI.

What does Benedict XVI actually say in new book on priestly celibacy?

Jan 14, 2020

In his chapter in a new book on priestly celibacy, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI says a historical understanding of the... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI.

Ignatius Press to keep Benedict XVI listed as coauthor of new celibacy book

Jan 14, 2020

By JD Flynn

Amid still-unfolding controversy surrounding a new book on priestly celibacy, the book’s US publisher says it plans to continue identifying... Read more

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI in 2010.

Archbishop Ganswein: Benedict XVI wrote text, but did not agree to be book's co-author

Jan 14, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

Archbishop Georg Ganswein, the private secretary of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, said Tuesday the former pontiff was not informed he... Read more

Pope Francis greets Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI Dec. 21, 2018.

Analysis: On celibacy, what Benedict cannot say and Francis mustn't hear

Jan 13, 2020

By Ed Condon

What the two reactions to a new book from Benedict point to is a fault-line, not for or against Pope... Read more

Pope Francis arrives in St. Peter's Square Sept. 21, 2016.

Vatican: Pope Francis not in favor of optional priestly celibacy

Jan 13, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

A Vatican spokesman said Monday that Pope Francis’ position on priestly celibacy is “known,” quoting the pontiff’s remarks in a... Read more

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Benedict XVI, Cardinal Sarah pen book on priesthood, celibacy, crisis

Jan 12, 2020

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, have co-authored a book on... Read more

Benedict XVI celebrates his 90th birthday at the Vatican, April 17, 2017.

Benedict XVI creates foundation for Catholic journalism in Germany

Dec 20, 2019

In what came as a surprise to many members of the Catholic elite in Germany, Pope emeritus Benedict XVI has... Read more

Director Fernando Meirelles talks with Jonathan Pryce during the filming of "The Two Popes."

Does 'The Two Popes' fairly represent Francis and Benedict? Critics say ‘no’ 

Dec 18, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

While filmmakers say the "The Two Popes" is a work of fiction, the movie’s director also says it represents his... Read more