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

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

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 on Oct. 24, 2012.

Translator predicts Benedict XVI's legacy as a great teacher

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'

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

Cardinal recalls shock of Benedict XVI's resignation

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

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Over 50,000 send messages of gratitude to Benedict XVI

A book containing more than 50,000 messages of gratitude to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has been delivered to the Apostolic... Read more

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Book on Benedict XVI's final speeches planned

A book on all of Benedict XVI’s speeches from the moment he announced his resignation until his last day as... Read more

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Benedict XVI's cobbler fondly remembers retired Pope

The man who is known around the world as “the Pope’s shoemaker” expressed sadness at the retirement of Pope Benedict... Read more

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Argentinian cardinal says God spoke through Pope Benedict

Cardinal Estanislao Esteban Karlic, the retired archbishop of Parana, Argentina, said that God used Benedict XVI’s resignation from the papacy... Read more

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Spanish ambassador to Holy See voices support amid papal transition

Spain’s ambassador to the Holy See, Eduardo Gutierrez Saenz de Buruaga, said after meeting with the Spanish cardinals that they... Read more

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

US leaders voice thanks, support for Pope Emeritus

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

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Church bells ring out as Pope travels to Castel Gandolfo

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

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

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Atheist Nobel prize winner mourns Pope's retirement

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

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Young people across globe thank Pope in video

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

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

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Spanish bishop says Benedict is latest in line of holy Popes

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

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

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Pope's brother says resignation is beneficial to Church

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

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

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Mother who cooked for Pope recalls his paternal care

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