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

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Pope says personal conversion is first step of New Evangelization

May 24, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI told the bishops of Italy today that personal holiness is an indispensable first step to reconverting their... Read more

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Absentee dads hinder children’s understanding of God, Pope says

May 23, 2012

Dads who are absent from their family make it more difficult for their children to understand God as a loving... Read more

Didier Drogba of Chelsea celebrates winning the UEFA Champions League Final.

Vatican pays tribute to soccer star Didier Drogba

May 22, 2012

The Vatican’s sports office has paid tribute to Chelsea striker Didier Drogba after the Catholic soccer star gave credit to... Read more

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Pope Benedict thanks God for 'dark nights' in his life

May 22, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI has revealed to his closest collaborators in the Sacred College of Cardinals how the “dark nights” of... Read more

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

Pope says Jesus' Ascension confirmed promise of heaven

May 20, 2012

The Ascension of Jesus should remind Christians of the promise of Heaven and the power of earthly prayer, Pope Benedict... Read more

Rabbi Jack Bemporad

Trust Pope's judgment on SSPX deal, senior rabbi says

May 18, 2012

A leading American rabbi and Holocaust refugee says people should trust Pope Benedict’s judgment when it comes to the Church possibly... Read more

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


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


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


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

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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