Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict XVI. | Credit: Paul Badde/EWTN

Police: Suspect in Theft of Benedict XVI’s Pectoral Cross Arrested

Oct 7, 2023

A 53-year-old suspect has been arrested in the theft of Pope Benedict XVI’s pectoral cross.

Pope Benedict XVI on Aug. 28, 2010. L'Osservatore Romano.

Pope Emeritus Benedict Laments Lack of Faith within Church Institutions in Germany

Jul 26, 2021

The pope emeritus spoke about faith, worldliness, and the institutional Church.

Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI greet each other at the 65th priestly ordination of Pope Emeritus XVI at the Clementine Hall./ © L’Osservatore Romano

Benedict XVI Praying ‘fervently’ for Pope Francis’ Recovery From Surgery

Jul 6, 2021

Pope emeritus Benedict XVI is praying for Pope Francis after he underwent intestinal surgery on Sunday.

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.”

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

Jun 14, 2021

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.

Pope emeritus Benedict XVI./ Mazur/

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI Marks 94th Birthday, in Good Health

Apr 16, 2021

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI was born 94 years ago today in the town of Marktl, Bavaria. More than eight years after he announced his retirement from the papacy in 2013, Benedict continues to live a retired life in the Mater Ecclesiae monastery on Vatican grounds.

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

Benedict XVI "delighted" by Year of St. Joseph Proclaimed by Pope Francis

Mar 31, 2021

In a new interview, Pope emeritus Benedict XVI has expressed delight at the Year of St. Joseph declared by Pope Francis.

Late Archbishop Henri Teissier.

Algerian Archbishop Remembered for Courage, Love for Country Laid to Rest

Dec 10, 2020

The late Archbishop emeritus of Algiers in Algeria, Henri Teissier, who was laid to rest Wednesday, December 9 is being eulogized for his courage and love for the North African nation.

Paolo Gabriele sits in front of Pope Benedict XVI in the popemobile in St. Peter's Square Oct. 24, 2011. / Alan Holdren/CNA.

Benedict XVI’s Former 'Vatileaks' Butler Paolo Gabriele Dies at age 54

Nov 24, 2020

The papal butler who was pardoned by Benedict XVI for his role in the “Vatileaks” affair has died at the age of 54.

Professor Tracey Rowland, St John Paul II Chair in Theology at the University of Notre Dame (Australia). Credit: Emmaus Academic/ St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology.

Australian Professor and French Philosopher win Ratzinger Prize

Oct 2, 2020

An Australian professor and a French philosopher were named the winners of this year’s Ratzinger Prize Oct. 1.

Fr. Paschal Uche at his ordination in Brentwood Cathedral, Essex, England, Aug. 1, 2020. / Brentwood Diocese/Graham Hillman. Visit photo credit: Mazur/

Young Catholic who Greeted Benedict XVI in Britain Becomes a Priest

Sep 19, 2020

Paschal Uche woke up early on the morning of Sept. 18, 2010, a day that would change his life. He needed to set off in good time in order to pass through security at the event he was attending in central London.

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, pictured in St. Peter's Basilica Oct. 3, 2015. Credit: Mazur/

Vatican Secretary Stresses “spiritual consonance” Between Pope Francis and Benedict XVI

Sep 1, 2020

Cardinal Pietro Parolin has written an introduction to a book describing the continuity between Pope Francis and his predecessor Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

Benedict XVI prepares to board a plane at Munich airport, June 22, 2020. Credit: Sven Hoppe/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI's "illness is subsiding," His Secretary Says

Aug 12, 2020

Benedict XVI’s personal secretary Archbishop Georg Gänswein has said that the pope emeritus’ illness is “subsiding.”

Msgr. Georg Ratzinger. / Paul Badde/EWTN.

Benedict XVI’s Brother Georg Ratzinger Has Died

Jul 1, 2020

Benedict XVI’s older brother Georg Ratzinger died Wednesday, just a little more than one week after the pope emeritus' visit.

Pope John Paul II greets Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger during his inauguration October 22, 1978. / Vatican Media

Benedict XVI Hails John Paul II as ‘liberating restorer’ of Church

May 17, 2020

John Paul II was a “liberating restorer of the Church” in the turbulent years after the Second Vatican Council, Benedict XVI has said in a letter marking the 100th anniversary of the saint’s birth.

Benedict XVI holds his final general audience, Feb. 27, 2013. Credit: Mazur/ (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0).

In New Biography, Benedict XVI Laments Modern "anti-Christian creed"

May 4, 2020

Modern society is formulating an “anti-Christian creed” and punishing those who resist it with “social excommunication,” Benedict XVI has said in a new biography, published in Germany May 4.

Pope Francis arrives in St. Peter's Square Sept. 21, 2016. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

Vatican: Pope Francis not in Favor of Optional Priestly Celibacy

Jan 13, 2020

A Vatican spokesman said Monday that Pope Francis’ position on priestly celibacy is “known,” quoting the pontiff’s remarks in a January 2019 press conference, in which he said he does not agree with making priestly celibacy “optional” in the Latin rite.

Jesuit Fr. Paul Beré, winner of Ratzinger Prize 2019, first African ever to win the award

Q&A with First African to Win Ratzinger Prize, Jesuit Fr. Paul Béré

Oct 8, 2019

The Ratzinger Prize has, over the years, been awarded to scholars whose contribution to theology is considered outstanding in the spirit of the German theologian, Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger who became Pope Benedict XVI. Established in 2011, no African had ever featured among the winners of this prestigious prize. This year, Burkinabé Jesuit priest, Paul Béré made history as the first African ever to win the coveted prize. He will receive the award on November 9.

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.