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Pope Francis celebrates Mass at Santa Marta.

Pope Francis: Holy Spirit tells bishops and popes when to step down

At the end of his morning homily Tuesday, Pope Francis asked Catholics to pray for priests, bishops, and the pope,... Read more

More than 100 students send a message to Pope Benedict as he flew overhead in a helicoptor to Castel Gandolfo.

College students in Rome send farewell message to Benedict

Students at the University of Dallas who are spending this semester in Rome had a special opportunity to show their... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI.

Beauty in liturgy the 'great legacy' of Benedict XVI

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI will be remembered in Church history for his work to recover the beauty of traditional liturgy,... Read more

Doors of Castel Gandolfo closed.

Swiss Guards seal gates, leave service of Pope Emeritus

With the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI on Thursday evening, the Swiss Guards have left their posts and sealed the... Read more

John Paul Uebbing's big moment.

Pope Benedict's kiss goodbye

The infant son of a Catholic News Agency editor received a farewell kiss on his forehead from Pope Benedict yesterday,... Read more

Pope Benedict says goodbye to the thousands of people who came to Castel Gandolfo to show their support.

Pope's last words: Thank you for your friendship and love

After the 15-minute helicopter trip to Castel Gandolfo, Pope Benedict XVI offered a word of thanks to the thousands of... Read more

Faithful in St. Peter's Square bid farewell to Pope Benedict XVI.

Pope leaves Vatican for Castel Gandolfo

Pope Benedict XVI has left the Vatican by helicopter and will soon arrive in the town of Castel Gandolfo where... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI participates in a farewell audience with cardinals on Feb. 28, 2013 in the Clementine Hall.

Benedict XVI pledges respect, obedience to future Pope

Pope Benedict XVI surprised the cardinals and organizers of a Feb. 28 farewell ceremony by saying the future Pope is... Read more


Vatican Post Office issues stamp for Pope's resignation

The Vatican’s post office is issuing a special cancelation stamp to mark the end of Pope Benedict XVI’s papacy.  Read more

Cardinal Angelo Sodano greets Pope Benedict XVI in the Clementine Hall on Feb. 28, 2013.

Cardinals bid Pope farewell with hearts full of thanks

Echoing the disciples on the Road to Emmaus, Cardinal Angelo Sodano told Pope Benedict that the cardinals’ hearts “burned when... Read more

Cardinal Donald Wuerl at the North American College in Rome on Feb. 26, 2013.

Cardinal Wuerl describes spiritual experience of conclave

A conclave is similar to going on a rigorous spiritual retreat that is pervaded by silence, according to Cardinal Donald... Read more

Cardinal Francisco Javier Errázuriz Ossa.

Cardinal says next Pope likely to be young

A cardinal from Chile who will be participating in the general meetings leading up to the conclave said that the... Read more

Archbishop Rino Fisichella discusses Pope Benedict's last audience on Feb. 27, 2013.

Pope's final audience was bittersweet for cardinals

The cardinals and bishops who attended Pope Benedict XVI’s last big public appearance made sure to show him their love... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI responds to the crowd at his final general audience on Feb. 27, 2013.

Pope confident God will guide Church in days ahead

Pope Benedict XVI told the 150,000 people who came to his final general audience that he is filled with trust... Read more

Father Michael P. Gallagher discusses Pope Benedict's decision in a Feb. 25 interview with CNA.

Vatileaks not at center of Pope's decision, priest states

An Irish theologian who is familiar with the life and thought of Pope Benedict XVI says his decision to resign... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI gives the final blessing at the Nov. 14, 2012 general audience.

Pope Benedict chooses his new wardrobe

Pope Benedict has decided what he will wear once he is no longer Pope – a simple white cassock, and... Read more

Father Federico Lombardi speaks to the media at the Vatican press office.

Pope Benedict's new name revealed

The Holy See press office revealed today that Pope Benedict XVI will retain his papal name but will be called... Read more

Archbishop Pier Luigi Celata answers questions from the media about the motu proprio on Feb. 25, 2013.

Pope Benedict allows earlier conclave, extends secrecy oath

Pope Benedict XVI has changed Church law allowing cardinals to vote earlier for the new Pope, provided that they are... Read more

Cardinal Keith O'Brien.

Cardinal Keith O’Brien resigns, will not go to conclave

Pope Benedict XVI has accepted Cardinal Keith P. O’Brien’s resignation, and the cardinal has announced he will not attend the... Read more


Cardinal Bertone calls contemplatives to pray for conclave

The Vatican Secretary of State has written to the world’s nuns and monks to ask for their prayers for the... Read more