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Pope Benedict XVI's final address to the crowds at Castel Gandolfo Feb. 28, 2012.

US leaders voice thanks, support for Pope Emeritus

Feb 28, 2013

American Catholic political officials  and commentators have solemnly expressed their appreciation and prayers for Pope Benedict XVI as his resignation... Read more


Church bells ring out as Pope travels to Castel Gandolfo

Feb 28, 2013

On Thursday, Feb. 28, church bells in Rome and Albano rang out during the helicopter flight that took Pope Benedict... Read more

Bishop Jeffrey Monforton, bishop of Steubenville, celebrated Mass on the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter.

Catholic college students honor Pope Benedict's last days

Feb 28, 2013

Students at American Catholic universities are observing the end of Pope Benedict XVI’s papacy with special Masses, prayers and acts... Read more


Atheist Nobel prize winner mourns Pope's retirement

Feb 27, 2013

An atheist Peruvian author has praised the spiritual and intellectual stature of Pope Benedict XVI and said that his departure... Read more


Young people across globe thank Pope in video

Feb 26, 2013

A group of young people from Madrid have posted a two-minute video online with international messages thanking  Pope Benedict XVI... Read more

Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington DC speaks during a press conference in the Vatican Press Office

Cardinal Wuerl thanks Pope for guidance and humble example

Feb 25, 2013

Pope Benedict’s eight years of service to the Church should leave the faithful filled with gratitude and renewed in both... Read more


Spanish bishop says Benedict is latest in line of holy Popes

Feb 25, 2013

Throughout the past century, God has blessed the Church with exceptional Popes, including Benedict XVI, said Bishop Demetrio Fernandez of... Read more

World Youth Day pilgrims from across the globe pack into Madrid's famous Cibeles Square to greet the Pope on August 18, 2011.

Young Catholics recall Pope's profound outreach

Feb 20, 2013

As Pope Benedict XVI prepares to conclude his duties as Holy Father, young Catholics are recalling his marked efforts to... Read more


Pope's brother says resignation is beneficial to Church

Feb 19, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI’s older brother explained that the pontiff’s decision to resign is good for the Body of Christ because... Read more

Knights of Columbus launch Twitter prayer campaign for Pope

Feb 19, 2013

The Knights of Columbus have invited the faithful to participate in a Twitter initiative to pledge their prayers for Pope... Read more


Mother who cooked for Pope recalls his paternal care

Feb 18, 2013

A woman who helped cook for the Pope during his visit to Spain in 2011 said the Holy Father looked... Read more


New Pope will be the one God wants, Spanish bishop says

Feb 14, 2013

The secretary general of the Spanish Bishops’ Conference defended Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to resign and said that the Holy... Read more

Cardinal Angelo Sodano addresses the Consitory of Cardinals Feb. 11, 2013 where Pope Benedict announced his retirement.

'Your pontificate will shine like a star,' head cardinal tells Pope

Feb 11, 2013

Cardinal Angelo Sodano, the dean of the College of Cardinals, told Pope Benedict XVI that his pontificate will always shine... Read more