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 holds his final general audience, Feb. 27, 2013.

Benedict XVI tells EWTN: 'Thank you for your work'

Mar 31, 2017

By Elise Harris

Members of EWTN’s Rome Bureau on Friday met Benedict XVI in the Vatican Gardens to explain their work and thank... Read more

Mother Angelica.

Benedict XVI: Mother Angelica was 'a great woman'

Dec 18, 2016

Pope emeritus Benedict XVI praised the founder of the EWTN Global Catholic Network on Thursday.  Read more

Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict embrace each other at the Vatican's Mater Ecclesiae Monastery, June 30, 2015.

Benedict XVI sends birthday wishes to Pope Francis

Dec 17, 2016

The Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI sent birthday greetings to Pope Francis on Saturday, Francis’ eightieth birthday.  Read more

Pope Benedict XVI on Aug. 28, 2010.

Ratzinger prize recipients include first-ever Orthodox winner

Oct 20, 2016

By Elise Harris

Among the recipients of this year’s Ratzinger Prize is Greek-born Orthodox professor Ioannis Kourempeles, who is widely known for his... Read more

Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew I in Greece, April 16, 2016.

Francis, Benedict praise Bartholomew I as a brother in faith

Oct 17, 2016

By Hannah Brockhaus

In their forewords to a new book about the head of the Eastern Orthodox Church Patriarch Bartholomew I, Pope Francis... Read more

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI in 2010.

How Pope Francis' 'new joy' surprised Benedict XVI

Sep 12, 2016

Pope emeritus Benedict XVI has said he is satisfied with the papacy of Pope Francis and sees “no contradictions” between... Read more

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

Benedict XVI talks resignation, Pope Francis in new book-length interview

Sep 9, 2016

By Elise Harris

Though he has rarely spoken since resigning from the papacy, Benedict XVI granted several lengthy interviews to German journalist Peter Seewald shortly... Read more

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

St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City on June 19, 2014.

What the Church has done about sex abuse

Mar 4, 2016

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The movie Spotlight’s Best Picture win at the Academy Awards has brought renewed attention to the Catholic sex abuse scandals... 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