Former Pope Benedict XVI accepted an invitation to lunch from his successor, Pope Francis, and the two dined together at Francis Residence inside the Vatican Friday. No details on the meal were released, except that the pontiffs were joined by personal secretaries and two other Vatican officials, the Associated Press reports. Show More Summary
I love this photograph of Pope Francis exchanging Christmas greetings with Benedict XVI. Let's hope that this happy scene is played out for many years to come. Ad multos annos, Holy Father! And to you, too, Pope Francis.
Pope Benedict XVI was well known for introducing, in the context of the celebration of the modern Roman Rite, a more traditional arrangement of the candles and crucifix upon the altar—namely, the “big six” with the cross in the middle (or, at times, seven candles—a privilege of bishops). Show More Summary
Source: Getty This time last year, no one even knew the world would get a new pope in 2013. But in February, Pope Benedict XVI made the unusual announcement that he would step down, becoming the first pontiff to do so since 1415. And...Show More Summary
Although in recent years much has been done to spread an accurate knowledge of the teaching of the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, we are still a long way from Pope Benedict XVI’s desire that the faithful everywhere, led by their pastors, would rediscover the riches of the sixteen conciliar documents. Show More Summary
Pope Francis isn’t the first Bishop of Rome to criticize the free market. While Benedict XVI didn’t exactly win awards for Vatican City’s most charismatic bachelor, he was still a strong supporter of universal education and financial reform. John Paul II, a man raised beneath the oppression of the Iron Curtain, penned an entire encyclical...
What do Tim Tebow, Pope Benedict XVI, and President Obama have in common? The mainstream-media complex, as represented by one of its bellwether glossies, is decidedly unimpressed with all three of them.They all appear on GQ’s list of...Show More Summary
VATICAN CITY — This weekend marks the end of the Year of Faith, which Pope Benedict XVI established last year to encourage Catholics to study, profess and demonstrate their faith. For those who want to follow the ceremonies online, here’s everything you’ll need to know: On Saturday at 4:30 pm Rome time (10:30 am EST), […]
The Obama administration has been accused of spying on Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the future Popr Francis, "before and during the Vatican conclave at which he was chosen to succeed Benedict XVI," the UK Telegraph reports, citing the Italian magazine Panorama. Show More Summary
Pope Benedict XVI… sorry, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, can be seen here welcoming the statue of Our Lady from Fatima (which is on a pilgrim tour) to his Vatican residence; this film from RomeReports.com also shows him leading prayers. He's looking MUCH better than he was six months ago, and I regret posting the (well-sourced) [...]
A Missouri-based group devoted to helping victims of clerical sexual abuse is critical of former Pope Benedict XVI's recent claim that he did not hide sexual abuse incidents.
You may not realize this, but at a court hearing held last fall Pope Benedict XVI stood trial, in absentia, for crimes against humanity. Nutty details inside. Philip Berg, the controversial guru of the equally controversial Kabbalah Centre, has died. Consumer alert: holy water may be very bad for you. Full story: Bad Holy Water Kabbalah Centre Guru dead Pope Benedict Sentenced
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Seven months after leaving the papacy, emeritus Pope Benedict XVI broke his self-imposed silence Tuesday by releasing a letter to one of Italy's best-known atheists in which he denied covering up for sexually abusive priests and defended Christianity to non-believers.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI has emerged from his self-imposed silence inside the Vatican walls to publish a lengthy letter to one of Italy's most well-known atheists. In it, he denies having covered up for sexually abusive priests and discusses everything from evolution to the figure of Jesus Christ.
We've heard very little from Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI since his retirement, but he's made a surprise return to public life. Benedict has written a letter to the atheist mathematician Piergiorgio Odifreddi, covering subjects from the sex abuse scandal to evolution – and extracts have been released by Italy's La Repubblica newspaper. Coming off the [...]
By Daniel Burke, CNN Belief Blog Co-editor (CNN) – Retired Pope Benedict XVI says he never tried to hide the sexual abuse of minors by Catholic priests, breaking his post-retirement silence to address one of the greatest threats to his legacy as a church leader. In a lengthy letter published in La Repubblica, an Italian newspaper, the former […]
(VATICAN CITY) — Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI has emerged from his self-imposed silence inside the Vatican walls to publish a lengthy letter to one of Italy’s most well-known atheists. In it, he defends his record on handling sexually abusive priests and discusses everything from evolution to theology to the figure of Jesus Christ. Show More Summary
Francis is not the only Pope making headlines. Today Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI made his first public comments since he retired from the papacy on February 28–he wrote an 11-page letter to an Italian mathematician and philosopher, Piergiorgio...Show More Summary
They took comfort in the pope's emphasis on inclusion and kindness. They support the pope's emphasis on inclusion and kindness. His approach once again marks a departure from the style of his predecessor, Benedict XVI, who clarified many of the church's teachings during his papacy.