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Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger celebrates the special "pro eligendo summo pontifice" (to elect Supreme Pontiff) Mass at St Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City on April 18, 2005. / Credit: MARCO LONGARI/AFP via Getty Images

Pope Francis: I was "used" against Ratzinger in 2005 Conclave, but he was "my candidate"

Apr 1, 2024

“The idea was to block the election of [Ratzinger],” Pope Francis explained.

Pope Benedict XVI. | Credit: Vatican Media

Vatican to Publish Private Homilies of Pope Benedict XVI

Dec 27, 2023

The Vatican Publishing House said this month that it intends to release a book of about 130 homilies given by the late pope.

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger at the Easter Vigil in St. Peter's Basilica on March 26, 2005, in Vatican City. / Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images

Late Pope Benedict XVI’s “lost lectures” on God, Creation, Humanity Collected in New Book

Feb 19, 2023

Six lectures of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger were almost lost forever. But now, they have been collected in a new Ignatius Press book.


Benedict XVI Dead at 95: The "humble worker" and His Legacy of Hope to the Catholic Church

Dec 31, 2022

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has died at the age of 95, bringing to a close the momentous life of a Churchman who proclaimed the “eternal joy” of Jesus Christ and called himself a “humble worker” in the vineyard of the Lord.

Pope Francis greets Benedict XVI at the Vatican’s Mater Ecclesiae Monastery on Nov. 28, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Thanks Benedict XVI on his 70th Ordination Anniversary

Jun 29, 2021

Pope Francis thanked Benedict XVI on Tuesday for his continual prayer for the Church in his retirement, calling the pope emeritus “the contemplative of the Vatican.”

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI on April 7, 2012. Credit: Vatican Media.

Concerns about Married Priests Expressed Ahead of Amazon Synod

Sep 28, 2019

Just days before the Amazon synod of bishops is to convene in Rome, a symposium of students of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI published a statement of concern regarding the possibility of married priests, a controversial topic of discussion at the upcoming synod.