VATICAN CITY (AP) — Retired pontiff Benedict XVI will help Pope Francis celebrate the sainthood ceremony Sunday for John Paul II and John XXIII, setting the stage for an unprecedented occurrence of two living popes canonizing two of their predecessors. About 1 million pilgrims are expected at the event and many were flooding into Rome on Saturday.
Pope Francis and emeritus Pope Benedict XVI will honor Popes John XXIII and John Paul II in the first ever canonization of two popes
From Catholic News Agency: In a rare interview, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI recalled his close friendship with Blessed John Paul II, saying that the pontiff’s sanctity and deep spirituality were apparent during his life. “In the years...Show More Summary
by Rob Gasper April 2, 2014 (ALL) - To consider population increase as the primary cause of underdevelopment is mistaken, even from an economic point of view. – Pope Benedict XVI, Caritas in Veritate One of the world’s newest countries, Timor-Leste, has a major problem, at least according to the UN and…
When Pope Benedict XVI announced he was stepping down as pope a year ago — dropping the news almost casually, in Latin, at a meeting about an upcoming canonization — nobody was sure what to call it. No living pope had handed off the keys of St. Show More Summary
by John-Henry Westen VATICAN CITY, March 18, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Speaking on German television station ZDF last week, Archbishop Georg Gänswein, secretary to both Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, revealed that the former pope had penned a four-page critique of Pope Francis’ controversial interview…
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The man who serves two popes has revealed that retired Pope Benedict XVI wrote four pages of critique and commentary on Pope Francis's landmark interview in which he blasted the church's obsession with "small-minded" rules.
VATICAN CITY — Among his many traits, retired Pope Benedict XVI is well-known as a brilliant professor. But how many people know about Pope Francis’ early ties to teaching and education? Teaching is a normal part of the Jesuit vocation, and the future pope started out teaching high school literature and psychology right after he got […]
On Thursday, February 28, 2013, at eight o’clock in the evening, Rome time, the See of Peter became vacant. Through his own unappealable decision and at a time appointed by himself, Pope Benedict XVI had ceased to be the Vicar of Christ...Show More Summary
Former Pope Benedict XVI has denied he was forced to step down from the papacy nearly a year ago. “There is absolutely no doubt regarding the validity of my resignation from the Petrine ministry,” wrote Benedict in a letter that wasShow More Summary
Vaticanologists inside and outside journalism have been puzzling over the surprise appearance of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI at a ceremony Saturday at which his successor, Pope Francis, installed new members of the College of Cardina...
Pope Francis was joined at ceremony to name 19 new cardinals Saturday by retired Pope Benedict XVI, the first time Francis and Benedict have appeared together at a public liturgical ceremony since Benedict retired last year. Benedict entered St. Show More Summary
VATICAN CITY (AP) — In an unprecedented blending of papacies past, present and future, retired Pope Benedict XVI joined Pope Francis at a ceremony Saturday to formally install new cardinals who will elect their successor.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Retired Pope Benedict XVI joined Pope Francis in a ceremony Saturday creating the cardinals who will elect their successor in an unprecedented blending of papacies past, present and future.
There is an imperative to create good new forms of music for the liturgy in Latin and the vernacular if either is to flourish. I recently read a book by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI that I would recommend to any who haven't seen it yet (h/t Stratford Caldecott for telling me about it). Show More Summary
Today’s the anniversary of Benedict XVI’s resignation announcement. I will down a Jager in honor of the occasion, even though we still don’t fully know why he did what he did. Mathew Schmalz credits the pope emeritus with paving the way for his successor’s humility: It’s easy to see how Pope Francis’s simplicity stands in […]
VATICAN CITY (AP) — It was the quietest of announcements that had the effect of a thunder-clap on the Catholic world: A year ago Tuesday, Pope Benedict XVI said in a voice so soft that cardinals strained to hear that he was becoming the first pontiff to resign in more than half a millennium. Show More Summary
Here is a review of this new book by Robert Reilly. (HT: Monterey Tom) Excerpt: Pope Benedict XVI’s Regensburg Lecture is simply the most famous of the many examples of Christian outreach in the midst of an era in which...
I was intrigued by this article from the Independent which reports on a Papal clear-out of child molesting Catholic priests by Pope Benedict XVI who, of course, retired early last year. But what I'd like to know is who all these priests...Show More Summary
Rome Reports has just published a video highlighting the organist of the Sistine Chapel Choir, Spaniard Juan Paradell-Solé. The short video presents some interesting tidbits such as the following about Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI's role...Show More Summary