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

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Archbishop Nikola Eterovic in the Vatican's press office.

Blueprint for 2012 evangelization synod unveiled

Jun 19, 2012

The working document that will guide the deliberations of the 2012 synod of bishops on the New Evangelization has been... Read more

David Quinn, director of the Iona Institute.

Some think new bishops in Ireland should be non-Irish

Jun 16, 2012

A leading commentator on the future of the Catholic Church in Ireland is asking the Vatican to consider appointing non-Irish... Read more

Father Harry Entwistle and Pope Benedict XVI.

Pope establishes Australian ordinariate for former Anglicans

Jun 15, 2012

On June 15 Pope Benedict officially erected the Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross for Anglican groups and... Read more

Superior of the Society of St. Pius X Bishop Bernard Fellay.

Vatican confirms SSPX is being offered Personal Prelature

Jun 14, 2012

The Vatican has confirmed that the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X is being offered the status of a personal... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI in the Pope Paul VI Hall.

Pope explains how to let God work wonders

Jun 13, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI says that the life of St. Paul shows that God can work wonders through those who grow... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter's Basilica.

Pope stresses importance of fidelity for Vatican employees

Jun 11, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI told the Vatican’s diplomatic school that “faithfulness” is a key virtue for anybody working in the service... Read more

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

Pope praises Corpus Christi processions

Jun 10, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI praised the “lively tradition” of holding solemn processions with the Blessed Sacrament “through the streets and squares”... Read more


Women in White confident in Cardinal Ortega's diplomacy

Jun 8, 2012

Berta Soler, the leader of the protest group Women in White, said she trusts Havana’s archbishop will be able to... Read more


Pope challenges European soccer stars to promote noble virtues

Jun 8, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI is urging those participating in soccer’s 2012 European Championship to promote “noble human values” during the tournament... Read more

Bishops-designate Robert Brennan and Nelson Perez (L to R).

Pope names two auxiliary bishops for Rockville Centre diocese

Jun 8, 2012

By Kevin J. Jones

The Diocese of Rockville Centre on New York’s Long Island will receive two new auxiliary bishops following Pope Benedict XVI’s... Read more

Pope Benedict leads Corpus Christi procession in Rome on June 7, 2012.

Pope says Vatican II did not reject Eucharistic adoration or processions

Jun 7, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI says the Second Vatican Council did not reject Eucharistic adoration outside of Mass, including the Corpus Christi... Read more


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


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