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

Archbishop Gänswein: Benedict XVI’s 'illness is subsiding'

Aug 11, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Benedict XVI’s personal secretary Archbishop Georg Gänswein has said that the pope emeritus’ illness is “subsiding.”  Read more

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Vatican: Benedict XVI health 'not serious' concern

Aug 3, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Vatican said Monday the health problems of Benedict XVI are not serious, though the pope emeritus is suffering from... Read more

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

Benedict XVI is ill since visit to Germany

Aug 3, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope emeritus Benedict XVI is sick with a bacterial infection and “extremely fail,” according to a German newspaper report.  Read more

Pope Benedict XVI on Aug. 28, 2010.

Benedict XVI praises “glorious music” of Bach in festival message

Jul 28, 2020

Pope emeritus Benedict XVI has praised the “glorious music” of Johann Sebastian Bach in a message to a festival in... Read more

Bishop Rudolf Voderholzer stands before a portrait of Msgr. Georg Ratzinger at Regensburg Cathedral July 8, 2020.

‘Heart speaks to heart’: Benedict XVI sends message for his brother’s funeral Mass

Jul 8, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Benedict XVI watched his brother’s funeral via livestream on Wednesday as his secretary Archbishop Georg Gänswein read the pope emeritus’... Read more

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

Pope Francis offers condolences to Benedict XVI following his brother’s death

Jul 2, 2020

Pope Francis offered his condolences to Benedict XVI Thursday following the death of his brother.   Read more

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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