Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

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Pope Benedict XVI at the Wednesday General Audience in St. Peter's Square on Sept. 11, 2005.

In rare interview, Benedict XVI names his favorite saints

Aug 26, 2016

By Elise Harris

Since he resigned from the papacy over three years ago, Benedict XVI rarely gives interviews. In a recent exception, however,... Read more

Mike Piazza.

At Baseball Hall of Fame, Mets star thankful for Catholic faith

Jul 29, 2016

Mike Piazza, the newest inductee of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, has given a shout-out to Pope Benedict XVI... Read more

Mourners in Munich after a July 22, 2016 shooting spree at the Olympia Mall.

Munich archbishop, Benedict XVI grieve deadly shooting

Jul 23, 2016

By Ann Schneible

The archbishop of Munich has called for prayers for the victims of Friday’s deadly shooting at a shopping mall, and... Read more

Pope Francis greets Benedict XVI June 28, 2016 for the 65th anniversary of his priestly ordination.

Benedict XVI to Francis: 'your goodness is a place where I feel protected'

Jun 28, 2016

By Elise Harris

On Tuesday, Benedict XVI gave his second public speech since his final day as Pope, expressing gratitude for a lengthy... Read more

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI passes through the Holy Door of St. Peter's Basilica for the Jubilee Year of Mercy, Dec. 8, 2015.

Here's how Benedict XVI will celebrate his 65th anniversary as a priest

Jun 14, 2016

By Elise Harris

On June 29 Benedict XVI will celebrate the 65th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood – a milestone he... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI on June 15, 2005 in Vatican City.

How Benedict XVI's resignation changed the papacy

May 30, 2016

By Andrea Gagliarducci

When Pope emeritus Benedict XVI resigned as pontiff three years ago, he added a new dimension to the papacy, said... Read more

Benedict XVI holding the Pascal Candle on Easter Vigil, Saturday April 7, 2012 in Vatican City.

A new public appearance by Benedict XVI? Maybe so, his secretary reveals

May 23, 2016

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Former Pope Benedict XVI could appear in public once again on June 29, the 65th anniversary of his priestly ordination.  Read more

Benedict XVI at the Vatican in June 2005.

Vatican: recent stories about Benedict XVI and Fatima secrets are 'absolutely untrue'

May 21, 2016

The Vatican announced today that recent articles claiming that Pope emeritus Benedict XVI said that the Third Secret of Fatima... Read more

Spaghetti and sword featured in the Vatican Cookbook.

How Swiss Guards are bringing the Vatican to your kitchen

Apr 28, 2016

A native of Zurich, Switzerland, David Geisser was a chef prodigy.  Read more

Pope Francis with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI at the Monastery of Mater Ecclesiae in Vatican City on June 30, 2015.

Pope Francis sends his greetings to Benedict XVI on his 89th birthday

Apr 17, 2016

Pope emeritus Benedict XVI celebrated his 89th birthday on Saturday, and received special greetings from Pope Francis.  Read more

Pope Benedict XVI on June 15, 2005 in Vatican City.

Full text of Benedict XVI's recent, rare, and lengthy interview

Mar 17, 2016

In a recently published interview on issues of justification and faith, Benedict XVI has addressed issues of mercy and our... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI Holds His Final General Audience, Feb. 27, 2013.

The silent reform of Benedict XVI's papacy

Feb 11, 2016

By Elise Harris

In his new book on Benedict XVI, Vatican journalist Marco Mancini argues that while the retired pontiff became known for... Read more

Pope Francis prays after opening the Holy Door in St. Peters Basilica Dec. 8, 2015 launching the extraordinary jubilee of mercy.

It’s time to rediscover God’s mercy, Pope says at Jubilee launch

Dec 8, 2015

By Ann Schneible

Pope Francis has officially commenced the Jubilee of Mercy, calling those who pass through the newly-opened Holy Door to rediscover... Read more

Pope Francis with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI at the Monastery of Mater Ecclesiae in Vatican City on June 30, 2015.

Benedict XVI will attend Holy Door opening at Vatican to start Year of Mercy

Dec 5, 2015

The Vatican has announced Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI will take part in the official inauguration of the Jubilee of Mercy... Read more

Bishop-elect Msgr. Steven Lopes greets Pope Francis during a Wednesday general audience. Photo courtesy of the Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter in the United States and Canada.

Pope names first Catholic bishop to oversee Anglican ordinariate

Nov 24, 2015

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis has appointed Msgr. Steven Lopes, a Catholic priest from California, as the new bishop who will head the... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI, May 11, 2010.

After a two-week vacation, Benedict XVI heads back to Rome

Jul 14, 2015

By Elise Harris

With two restful weeks outside of the Vatican behind him and two honorary doctorates in hand, Benedict XVI has again... Read more

Benedict XVI receives honorary doctorate from the Pontifical University of John Paul II and the Academy of Music in Krakow. Pool photo.

Receiving awards, Benedict XVI credits witness of John Paul II

Jul 4, 2015

By Elise Harris

After receiving an honorary doctorate from both the Pontifical John Paul II University of Krakow and the Krakow Academy of... Read more

Pope Francis and Benedict XVI at the Monastery of Mater Ecclesiae in Vatican City on June 30, 2015.

Francis wishes Benedict XVI a good summer in Castel Gandolfo

Jun 30, 2015

By Elise Harris

Before heading out for his two-week stay at the papal residence in Castel Gandolfo this summer, retired pontiff Benedict XVI... Read more

Bishop Athanasius Schneider leads Benediction during the Summorum Pontificum Conference, at the Church of Ss. Dominic and Sixtus in Rome, June 13, 2015.

Summorum Pontificum Conference celebrates Benedict XVI's liturgical legacy

Jun 19, 2015

By Jan Bentz

The fourth annual Summorum Pontificum Conference was held last Saturday in Rome to promote the understanding and use of the... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI.

Benedict XVI's summer plans – rare public events and a visit to Castel Gandolfo

Jun 16, 2015

By Alan Holdren

Benedict XVI’s summer is set to be the most active since he stepped down from the pontificate in 2013, with... Read more