Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

Mater Ecclesiae Monastery in Vatican City State, where a group of Benedictine nuns from Argentina will take up residence in January 2024 at the invitation of Pope Francis. | Credit: Krzysztof Golik, CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

After Benedict XVI’s Death, Vatican Monastery to be Home to Benedictine Nuns

Nov 13, 2023

Pope Benedict XVI spent his retirement at Mater Ecclesiae Monastery until his death on Dec. 31, 2022.

Pope Francis prayed for the repose of the souls of Pope Benedict XVI and the cardinals and bishops who died in the past year during a Mass in St. Peter's Basilica on Nov. 3, 2023. | Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope Francis: Like Benedict XVI, Be "humble laborers" for the Church

Nov 3, 2023

At a Mass for Pope Benedict XVI and deceased cardinals and bishops on Friday, Pope Francis urged Christians, especially pastors, to be the humble servants of others.

Pope Benedict XVI at the World Family Meeting in Milan with Cardinal Angelo Scola on June 4, 2012. | Credit: CNA/World Meeting of Families 2012

Pectoral Cross Bequeathed by Late Pope Benedict XVI to Parish in Bavaria, Germany, Stolen

Jun 20, 2023

A pectoral cross bequeathed by the late Pope Benedict XVI to a parish in his native Bavaria has been stolen from the church where it was on display.

The Frauenkirche, the cathedral of the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising. | Diliff via Wikimedia (CC BY 2.5)

Prosecutors Drop Case of Alleged "cover up" Against Benedict XVI

Mar 22, 2023

A potential legal case against Pope Benedict XVI over his handling of abuse during his time as archbishop of Munich has been dropped.

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.

WYD Sydney - July 15 - 20, 2008 / Vatican Media

Benedict XVI Describes "protestantization" of the Eucharist in Posthumous Publication

Feb 8, 2023

Pope Benedict XVI’s essay on the Eucharist is part of a series of texts the pope emeritus wrote after his resignation in 2013.

Pope Francis speaks to journalists on Feb. 5, 2023, during his flight back to Rome after his visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan. / Vatican Media

Partisans Have Used Benedict XVI’s Death "to serve their own interests": Pope Francis

Feb 5, 2023

Benedict XVI was “not a bitter man,” Pope Francis said, speaking during his inflight press conference Feb. 5 of his relationship with his predecessor.

Pope Benedict XVI revealed in a letter to his biographer that insomnia was the "central reason" why resigned in 2013. / Paul Badde/CNA

Letter from Benedict XVI Reveals "central motive" for His Resignation, Biographer Says

Jan 29, 2023

Benedict XVI said he had suffered from chronic insomnia since the early days of his pontificate, according to a letter he wrote to his biographer.

Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict embrace each other at the Vatican's Mater Ecclesiae Monastery, June 30, 2015. | L'Osservatore Romano.

"I lost a dad": Pope Francis Speaks About Losing Benedict XVI

Jan 25, 2023

In a new interview published Wednesday, Pope Francis said the death of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI meant he had lost a “good companion” and a father figure. 

Pope Benedict XVI | Paul Badde/EWTN

In New Book, the Late Benedict XVI Defends Christianity Against Claims of Intolerance

Jan 19, 2023

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has posthumously defended Christianity against claims of intolerance “in the name of tolerance.”

Archbishop Georg Gänswein and Pope Francis | Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope Francis Meets with Benedict XVI’s Longtime Secretary, Archbishop Gänswein

Jan 9, 2023

Archbishop Georg Gänswein, the longtime personal secretary of the late Pope Benedict XVI, met with Pope Francis this morning, according to the Vatican’s daily press briefing.

The Apostolic Nuncio in Burkina and Niger unveils the placard bearing Pope Benedict XVI Street in Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou/ Credit: Fr. Paul Dah

Naming of Street after Pope Benedict XVI “brings hope to Burkina Faso, Africa”: Cardinal

Jan 8, 2023

The naming of the Ouagadougou street where the Apostolic Nunciature in Burkina Faso is located after Pope emeritus Benedict XVI “brings hope” to the West African nation as well as the African continent, the Cardinal in the country said.

The coffin of Pope Benedict XVI is prepared for interment in the crypt of St. Peter's Basilica on Jan. 5, 2023. | Vatican Media

How to Visit the Tomb of Benedict XVI

Jan 7, 2023

Benedict XVI was buried in the crypt under St. Peter’s Basilica after his funeral Mass on Jan. 5.

Archbishop Hubertus van Megen during the January 5 Requiem Mass for the late Pope Benedict XVI. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Benedict XVI Worked to “reveal” God’s Magnificence, Truth’s Beauty, Life: Nuncio in Kenya

Jan 5, 2023

The representative of the Holy Father in Kenya has eulogized Pope emeritus Benedict XVI who passed on in Rome on New Year eve as one who set out to reveal the beauty of God, truth, and “the deep sense of life”. 

Credit: Archdiocese of Ouagadougou

Late Pontiff “impacted Church through spiritual commitment”: Nuncio in Burkina Faso

Jan 5, 2023

The late Pope emeritus Benedict XVI who was laid to rest Thursday, January 5 in Rome, impacted the Catholic Church through his “intellectual, spiritual and pastoral commitment”, the Apostolic Nuncio in Burkina Faso has said.

Archbishop Stephen Ameyu Martin during Tuesday, January 3 Requiem Mass for Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. Credit: ACI Africa

South Sudanese Catholic Archbishop Eulogizes Former Pope as “defender of doctrine, truth”

Jan 5, 2023

The Catholic Archbishop of Juba in South Sudan has eulogized Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI who passed on in Rome on New Year 2023 eve as a defender of Catholic Church doctrine and the truth.

Pope Benedict XVI during his arrival in the Lisbon airport on May 11, 2010 | M.Mazur/

Archbishop in Sierra Leone Remembers “good grandpa” in Tribute to Pope Benedict XVI

Jan 5, 2023

The Archbishop of Freetown in Sierra Leone has paid tribute to Pope emeritus Benedict XVI, describing him as a loving grandfather of the Church who left a treasure for upcoming theologians.

Tabea Schneider (far left) with a group of other pilgrims who traveled 20 hours by bus from Cologne, Germany, to attend the funeral of Pope Benedict XVI on Jan. 5, 2023, in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. | Courtney Mares / CNA

People Attending Benedict XVI’s Funeral Recall their Personal Memories of a "humble pope"

Jan 5, 2023

Catholics from Germany, France, Ghana, India, Australia, Uganda, and many more countries who attended the funeral Mass for Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI on Thursday have shared their favorite memories of the late pope and why some decided to join in the chants of “santo subito” at the end of the ceremony.

Benedict XVI’s coffin exits St. Peter’s Basilica beneath an image of Christ’s resurrection on the morning of his funeral Jan. 5, 2022 | Evandro Inetti/CNA

The Story Behind the Image Hanging at Benedict XVI’s Funeral

Jan 5, 2023

A large banner of the resurrection of Christ provided the decorative backdrop to the altar during Benedict XVI’s funeral on Thursday.

Credit: Vatican Media

A Ratzinger Reader: 5 Books to Help You Encounter Pope Benedict XVI

Jan 5, 2023

Pope Benedict XVI — especially during his extraordinary career and ministry as a theologian and professor — was not only one of the towering intellects in global Catholicism but also one of the most prolific.