Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict XVI on April 21, 2007, in Vigevano, Italy. / Credit: miqu77/Shutterstock

Ratzinger Foundation’s Pioneer International Congress to Explore Philosophical Vision, Theology of Pope Benedict XVI

Apr 16, 2024

According to the event’s website, the congress came about as a result of a research project initiated by the International Ratzinger Foundation.

Pope Francis blesses a baby at his Wednesday general audience on March 20, 2024, in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. / Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis: Benedict XVI Defended me in Face of Accusations "that I promoted gay marriage"

Apr 3, 2024

Francis related that he had “a very beautiful visit with him when some cardinals came to see him, surprised by my words about marriage, and he was very clear with them.”

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 on April 21, 2007, in Vigevano, Italy. | Credit: miqu77/Shutterstock

4 Kernels of Wisdom from Pope Benedict XVI’s Last Message to the World

Dec 31, 2023

On the first anniversary of the former pope's death, we look at his final work, “What Is Christianity? The Last Writings,” published by Ignatius Press.

Pope Benedict XVI on May 11, 2010. | Credit: Mazur/

EWTN to Air Conference on Pope Benedict XVI One Year After His Death

Dec 29, 2023

A conference titled “Remembering Benedict XVI: Life, Teaching, Legacy” will be held in Rome on Dec. 30–31 and will air on EWTN on Dec. 31.

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is greeted by Pope Francis during the Ordinary Public Consistory at St. Peter’s Basilica on Feb. 14, 2015. | Credit: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

‘Benedict trusted Francis. But he was bitterly disappointed,’ biographer says in new interview

Dec 29, 2023

Pope Benedict XVI’s biographer, Peter Seewald, has raised concerns about how Pope Francis is managing the legacy of his predecessor. 

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.

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.