Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

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Benedict XVI greets Pope Francis during a consistory in St. Peter's Basilica, Feb. 22, 2014.

Will Francis build on Benedict's legacy when he visits the US?

May 17, 2015

By Matt Hadro

Pope Francis will remain within the tradition of previous papal visits to the U.S. when he comes to the east... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI, May 11, 2010.

On 88th birthday, Benedict XVI lauded for emphasis on mercy

Apr 16, 2015

By Elise Harris

The Vatican official charged with organizing the upcoming Jubilee for Mercy says the topic was the “heart” of Benedict XVI’s... Read more

Father Benedict (Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI) officially retired from the papacy two years ago today.

The Pope who became a pilgrim: Benedict's resignation remembered

Feb 28, 2015

By Ann Schneible

Two years after his historic resignation from the papacy, Benedict XVI's presence continues to be felt by those around him... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI, May 11, 2010.

How Benedict XVI and his 'scandalous' hero speak to the modern crisis

Feb 15, 2015

By Elise Harris

Theological giants Benedict XVI and one of his heroes – the controversial Cardinal Jean Danielou – have been hailed for... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI.

Two years into retirement, the legacy of Father Benedict endures

Feb 11, 2015

By Ann Schneible

Two years to the day since Pope Benedict XVI told the world of his historic decision to step down from... Read more

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The request of a retired pope – simply call me 'Father Benedict'

Dec 9, 2014

By Elise Harris

Rather than being called by his papal name “Benedict XVI,” the retired pontiff revealed that since his retirement he has... Read more

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

Ratzinger's retraction: the fruit of 42 years of theological maturation

Dec 4, 2014

News broke weeks ago that a new volume of Benedict XVI's collected works was being released in German with an... Read more

Msgr. Anthony Figueiredo exhanges a white, papal zucchetto with Benedict XVI at the Vatican on Nov. 7, 2014. Photo courtesy of Caritas in Veritate International.

Priest swaps clerical hats with a 'sharp, healthy' Benedict XVI

Nov 12, 2014

By Elise Harris

A priest who met and exchanged zucchettos with retired pontiff Benedict XVI last week marveled at the former pope's joy,... Read more

Retired pontiff Benedict XVI.

Benedict could attend Paul VI beatification, spokesman reveals

Oct 6, 2014

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Retired pontiff Benedict XVI may take part to Paul VI's beatification Mass Oct. 19, revealed Father Federico Lombardi, director of... Read more

Pope Francis speaks to the elderly in St. Peter's Square Sept. 28, 2014.

Pope Francis calls Benedict XVI the ultimate 'grandfather'

Sep 28, 2014

By Ann Schneible

Retired pontiff Benedict XVI joined some 50,000 pilgrims in Saint Peter's Square on Sunday, Sept. 28 for a meeting between... Read more


Benedict XVI poses for first selfies

Sep 12, 2014

The first “selfie” of retired pontiff Benedict XVI is making the rounds on social networks.  Read more

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A refreshed Benedict XVI captivates students with homily

Aug 26, 2014

By Elise Harris

Participants in the annual Ratzinger “schulerkreis” study group were overjoyed at seeing the retired pontiff in good health, noting that... Read more

  Pope Francis and Archbishop Georg Ganswein in St. Peter's Square after the Wednesday general audience, May 7, 2014.

Pope Francis visits Benedict XVI before trips, archbishop reveals

Aug 18, 2014

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Before any international trip Pope Francis visits Benedict XVI, a key Vatican archbishop revealed, noting the good relations between the... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter's Square, April 18, 2012.

Benedict XVI to concelebrate at canonization Mass

Apr 26, 2014

The Holy See’s press office has announced that retired pontiff Benedict XVI will be a concelebrant at Sunday’s Mass and... Read more

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Benedict XVI: I knew during his life that John Paul II was a saint

Apr 23, 2014

In a rare interview, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI recalled his close friendship with Blessed John Paul II, saying that the... Read more

Benedict XVI and Pope Francis.

Benedict XVI sends Pope commentary on early interview

Mar 18, 2014

Former Pope Benedict XVI sent a four-page commentary to Pope Francis on the September 2013 interview he granted to Jesuit... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter's Basilica during the consistory of cardinals Nov 24, 2012.

In rare interview, Benedict XVI recalls life of John Paul II

Mar 7, 2014

By Elise Harris

In lengthy excerpts of an interview published in an Italian newspaper, Benedict XVI speaks of his time collaborating with John... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI greets participants at the Feb. 22 Consistory in St. Peter's Basilica, Feb. 22, 2014.

Benedict XVI affirms validity of his resignation

Feb 26, 2014

Today the Italian newspaper La Stampa has published excerpts of a letter from Benedict XVI, who wrote to affirm the... Read more

Pope Francis embraces a new cardinal at the Feb. 22 consistory, February 22, 2014.

'The Church needs your courage,' Pope tells new cardinals

Feb 22, 2014

During the Saturday morning consistory at which Pope Francis created 19 new Cardinals, he urged the prelates gathered in St.... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI speaks during his wednesday general audience in Paul VI Hall.

Benedict's brother says former Pope does not regret resigning

Feb 12, 2014

In a recent interview, Monsignor Georg Ratzinger said his brother, retired Pope Benedict XVI, believes he made the right decision... Read more