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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Pope Benedict XVI celebrates the closing Mass of the Synod for the New Evangelization Oct 28, 2012.

Scholars: No, Benedict XVI doesn't support Kasper in Synod debates

Nov 25, 2014

By Carl Bunderson

A new volume of Benedict XVI's collected works includes an updated version of a 1972 essay in which he had... 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

Pope Francis unveiled a new bust of Benedict XVI in the Vatican Gardens on Oct. 27, 2014.

Francis inaugurates bust of Benedict, emphasizes unity of faith, science

Oct 27, 2014

Addressing the Pontifical Academy of Sciences on Monday, Pope Francis unveiled a bust of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, lauding his... Read more

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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

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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