Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

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Vatican analyst explores continuity of Francis, Benedict in book

Feb 12, 2014

By Elise Harris

Andrea Gagliarducci has co-authored a new book recalling the period of Lent between Benedict XVI’s resignation and Pope Francis’ election,... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI at the Wednesday general audience on Oct. 24, 2012.

Translator predicts Benedict XVI's legacy as a great teacher

Feb 11, 2014

By Kevin J. Jones

A former translator of Benedict XVI has predicted that the retired pontiff’s legacy will only grow, given the “wonderful freshness”... Read more

 Giovanna Chirri speaks with CNA during a Feb. 10, 2014 interview in Rome.

Journalist who broke news of resignation recalls her 'panic'

Feb 11, 2014

Vatican journalist Giovanna Chirri remembers her shock at Benedict XVI's resignation last year, and how she broke the news before... Read more

Pope Francis launches tweet to pray for Benedict XVI

Feb 11, 2014

By Elise Harris

On the one year anniversary of Benedict XVI’s announcement of his decision to resign from the Petrine ministry, Pope Francis... Read more

Pope Francis welcomes Benedict XVI back to the Vatican at Mater Ecclesia monastery on May 2, 2013

Cardinal recalls shock of Benedict XVI's resignation

Feb 10, 2014

By Elise Harris

One year later, Cardinal James Stafford reflects on the meeting where Benedict XVI announced that he was stepping down as... Read more

Fr. Federico Lombardi

Vatican: Rolling Stone article a display of 'superficial journalism'

Jan 30, 2014

By Elise Harris

Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi has strongly criticized the tone of “crudeness” directed to Benedict XVI in a recent article... Read more

Saint Thérèse of Lisieux

St. Therese devotees to launch Little Way social media campaign

Jan 25, 2014

Not long before he resigned, Pope Benedict XVI had written several times about the need for evangelization of the rapidly... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI.

Benedict XVI celebrates brother's 90th birthday with day of music

Jan 17, 2014

Retired pontiff Benedict XVI celebrated his brother Monsignor Georg Ratzinger's 90th birthday on Jan. 15 at the Vatican with a... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis.

Francis and Benedict linked in call for joyful priests

Dec 3, 2013

By Andrea Gagliarducci

At a presentation of a work by Benedict XVI on the priesthood, the head of the Vatican's doctrine office said... Read more

Philosopher Remi Brague speaks with CNA on Oct. 25, 2013.

Friend says Benedict XVI's legacy marked by faith, reason link

Oct 30, 2013

By Elise Harris

A noted French philosopher and friend of retired pontiff Benedict XVI reflected that the former Pope's greatest contribution during his... Read more

The front entrance of the Orvieto Cathedral.

Italy's Orvieto miracle inspires thousands during jubilee

Oct 7, 2013

By Elise Harris

In light of the jubilee instituted by Benedict XVI in honor of the Eucharistic miracle in Orvieto, Italy, the number... Read more

Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan.

Recent Popes complement each other, Cardinal Dolan notes

Oct 4, 2013

Each of the last three Popes has had a different but complementary emphasis, highlighting different aspects of the faithful and... Read more


Benedict could attend canonizations, Vatican spokesman says

Oct 1, 2013

The director of the Holy See’s Press Office announced that Benedict XVI could participate in the canonization ceremony next April... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI at the Wednesday General Audience, October 24, 2012.

Like Benedict, Pope Francis doesn't want Church of 'moralists'

Sep 26, 2013

By Andrea Gagliarducci

While Pope Francis’ mention of the Church’s priorities in a recent interview grabbed worldwide attention, few remember that Benedict XVI... Read more

Pope Francis welcomes Benedict XVI back to the Vatican at Mater Ecclesia monastery on May 2, 2013.

'Papal bounce' credited for increase in British confessions

Sep 10, 2013

Catholic clergy in England and Wales say more people are going to confession, and many credit both Pope Francis' election... Read more

Father Vincent Twomey, Benedict's former student at the Mariapoli Center in Castel Gandolfo, Italy on September 1, 2013.

Students of Benedict XVI gather for Mass, annual dialogue

Sep 3, 2013

Former students of Benedict XVI met for the first time without him this year for their annual “Schülerkreis” discussions, although... Read more

Monsignor Georg Gänswein stands behind Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter's Square.

Benedict XVI's personal secretary debunks 'mystical experience'

Aug 27, 2013

The retired pontiff's personal secretary said that the recent and widely circulated news story claiming that Benedict XVI stepped down... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI at the Wednesday General Audience, October 24, 2012.

Benedict XVI's students will meet to discuss God, secularism

Aug 21, 2013

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The annual meeting of Benedict XVI's students from his time at the University of Regensburg will gather next week to... Read more

World Youth Day Rio 2013 logo.

Vatican: Change of Popes 'intensified' World Youth Day

Jul 18, 2013

A Vatican spokesman said the change of Popes which occurred from the announcement of World Youth Day to its fruition... Read more

Painter Alexander Talbot Rice with his portrait of Benedict XVI.

Artist's faith grows through Benedict XVI portrait

Jul 3, 2013

A British artist who has painted the British royal family and Margaret Thatcher in person says his Christian faith “deepened”... Read more