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Pope Francis in April 2022

A question of ‘delicate balance’: How might Pope Francis reform the rules of the conclave?

Aug 25, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Who will manage the Vatican when a pope resigns, is unable to govern, or passes away? And according to which... Read more

Pope Celestine V was canonized in 1313 and since 1327 has been buried in the Basilica of Santa Maria di Collemaggio in L'Aquila.

Saint Celestine V and the Catholic Church's first jubilee

Aug 21, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Peter of Morrone was an unusual choice for pope: He was not a cardinal but a hermit living in a... Read more

Pope Francis speaking to journalists on the flight from Canada to Rome, Italy, on July 30, 2022

Full text: Pope Francis’ in-flight press conference from Canada

Jul 30, 2022

By Pope Francis

Pope Francis returned to Rome on Saturday after a week-long trip to Canada. During the July 24 to 30 trip,... Read more

Pope Francis speaking to journalists on the flight from Canada to Rome, Italy on July 30, 2022

Pope Francis: ‘The Lord will say’ when it is time to retire

Jul 30, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis said Saturday that he is “open” to the possibility of retiring if he discerns that it is God’s... Read more

Archbishop Gänswein and Pope emeritus Benedict XVI

Archbishop Gänswein moved to tears over Benedict XVI's comment about journey to heaven

Jul 5, 2022

By CNA Staff

The pope emeritus’ personal secretary recalled the words during a June celebration organized by the Joseph Ratzinger/Pope Benedict XVI Foundation... Read more

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'For the moment, no. Really!' – Pope Francis dismisses resignation rumors, says health is improving

Jul 4, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis has said he has no plans to resign soon and that his knee injury is healing. Read more

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

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

Sep 9, 2016

By Elise Harris

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

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 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

CNA

Over 50,000 send messages of gratitude to Benedict XVI

Mar 11, 2013

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

CNA

Book on Benedict XVI's final speeches planned

Mar 7, 2013

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

CNA

Benedict XVI's cobbler fondly remembers retired Pope

Mar 5, 2013

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

CNA

Argentinian cardinal says God spoke through Pope Benedict

Mar 4, 2013

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

CNA

Spanish ambassador to Holy See voices support amid papal transition

Mar 4, 2013

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

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

CNA

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

CNA

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

CNA

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