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

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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

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10 quotes from Pope Benedict XVI on the beauty of love and suffering

Jan 3, 2023

By Katie Yoder

When Pope Benedict XVI published his first encyclical, he chose an everlasting topic: love. Read more

Pope Benedict XVI and Cardinal George Pell in Australia.

Cardinal Pell: Benedict XVI was complete opposite of the caricatures of his enemies

Jan 3, 2023

By CNA Staff

Australian Cardinal George Pell shared in an interview with EWTN News in Depth that Pope Benedict XVI was actually “a... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI returns to his homeland for his first international event since being elected pope. He participated in World Youth Day in Cologne, Germany Aug. 16–21, 2005.

PHOTOS: A look back at Pope Benedict XVI’s participation in World Youth Days

Jan 3, 2023

By Joe Bukuras

On each World Youth Day, the late pope exhorted young people to follow the guidance of the Gospel by using... Read more

Archbishop Georg Gänswein bent down to kiss the hands of his friend and mentor, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

Personal secretary of Benedict XVI set to publish new book: Who is he? 

Jan 3, 2023

By Kelsey Wicks, Jonah McKeown

Pope Benedict XVI’s longtime personal secretary, Archbishop Georg Gänswein, has written a firsthand account of his friend and mentor’s papacy. Read more

Pope Benedict XVI during audiences in Vatican in Rome

Bells to ring for Benedict XVI in all Catholic churches in Germany

Jan 3, 2023

By AC Wimmer

The bells of all Catholic churches of the 27 dioceses of Germany are expected to toll at 11 a.m. (local... Read more

Rosary beads entwined in the hands of the late Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI as his body lies in state on Jan. 3, 2023, in St. Peter's Basilica.

Here are the prayers and readings for Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s funeral Mass

Jan 3, 2023

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis will preside over the funeral of Benedict XVI on Thursday, Jan. 5, at 9:30 a.m. (Rome time) in... Read more

New Cardinal Ruben Salazar Gomez, archbishop of Bogotá, Colombia, receives the biretta cap from Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter's Basilica on Nov. 24, 2012, in Vatican City, Vatican.

What did being a cardinal mean to Joseph Ratzinger?

Jan 3, 2023

By Marco Mancini

The future Pope Benedict XVI wore the red cassock for almost 28 years. Read more

A table dedicated to Benedict XVI in his favorite Rome restaurant, Cantina Tirolese.

‘Flavors of home’: Benedict XVI’s favorite restaurant in Rome

Jan 3, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

Inside the cozy Cantina Tirolese in Rome, Benedict XVI knew he could always find the flavors of home. Read more

Cardinal Joseph Zen preaches a sermon during a Mass at the Holy Cross Church on May 24, 2022, in Hong Kong, China.

Cardinal Zen: Benedict XVI will be a ‘powerful intercessor in heaven’ for China

Jan 3, 2023

By Courtney Mares

In a reflection posted on his blog on Jan. 3, Cardinal Joseph Zen remembered Benedict XVI as a “great defender... Read more

The mortal remains of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI were moved early in the morning on Jan. 2, 2023, from his former residence in the Vatican's Mater Ecclesiae Monastery to St. Peter's Basilica, where the late pope is lying in state through Jan. 4. Thousands waited in line to pay their respects.

Funeral of Benedict XVI: Everything you need to know

Jan 3, 2023

By CNA Staff

Following the death of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, these are the details you should know about his funeral in the... Read more

The mortal remains of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI were moved early in the morning on Jan. 2, 2023, from his former residence in the Vatican's Mater Ecclesiae Monastery to St. Peter's Basilica, where the late pope is lying in state through Jan. 4. Thousands waited in line to pay their respects.

Scenes from a day of grief and gratitude: 65,000 pay their respects to Benedict XVI

Jan 2, 2023

By Shannon Mullen

The body of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI was laid in state for the first time Monday, drawing a massive crowd... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI arrives in St. Peter's Square in the Vatican for the Oct. 21, 2012, canonization ceremony for Jacques Berthieu, Pedro Calungsod, Giovanni Battista Piamarta, Maria Carmen Salles y Barangueras, Marianne Cope, Caterina (Kateri) Tekakwitha, and Anna Schaffer.

Meet 7 of the best-known saints canonized by Pope Benedict XVI

Jan 2, 2023

By Maisy Sullivan

During his pontificate, Pope Benedict XVI beatified 870 people and canonized a total of 45 saints. Read more

Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict embrace each other at the Vatican's Mater Ecclesiae Monastery, June 30, 2015.

The relationship between Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and Pope Francis

Jan 2, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis visited Benedict frequently, including a final time three days before the pope emeritus' death. Read more

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Five quotes from Pope Benedict XVI on faith

Jan 2, 2023

By Joe Bukuras

Pope Benedict XVI’s death marks the end of an era in which the prolific writer and speaker conveyed his reflections... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI, May 11, 2010

Catholic converts: ‘Benedict XVI led me into the Catholic Church’

Jan 2, 2023

By Zelda Caldwell

In the days after news spread that Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI was nearing the end of his life, a number... Read more

Juan Luis Tron (second from left) and Maria Magdalene Baca (second from right) together with other young people from the Regnum Christi movement wait outside St. Peter's Basilica on Jan. 2, 2023, to pay their respects to the late Pope Benedict XVI, who died Dec. 31, 2022.

‘We love Benedict’: Catholics flock to the Vatican to say goodbye to Benedict XVI

Jan 2, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

Approximately 40,000 people visited Benedict XVI in the first five hours he was lying in state on Monday, according to... Read more