CASTELGANDOLFO, Italy — Brief video clips and a short briefing from the Vatican spokesman gave observers a glimpse of a historic moment filled with touching gestures — the visit today of Pope Francis to his predecessor, the emeritus Pope Benedict XVI. Pope Francis arrived shortly afternoon by helicopter in the gardens of the [...]
By Laura Smith-Spark, Ben Wedeman and Hada Messia, CNN Castel Gandolfo (CNN)–Pope Francis is having lunch Saturday with his predecessor, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, in what may be an encounter unprecedented in Church history. Since a new pope usually takes the reins only following the death of his predecessor, this is a rare occurrence. Francis, [...]
When it came to the Roman Catholic Church’s relations with other religions, the now retired Pope Benedict XVI was a bit like that elderly uncle of yours who means well but always seems to say the wrong thing at the table. There was the speech in 2006 when he seemed, fairly or not, to suggest that coerced conversion was one of Islam’s core tenets. Show More Summary
Since white smoke rose above the Sistine Chapel in mid-March, the world has speculated on the policies of the new papacy. Would Pope Francis continue the theological conservatism of Pope Benedict XVI, or would he be every single SayShow More Summary
The following article appeared yesterdy in the National Catholic Register. Benedict XVI Put Liturgy Front and Center NEWS ANALYSIS: The pope emeritus’ words and deeds regarding the Mass led the faithful closer to God. by TRENT BEATTIE 03/20/2013 Pope Benedict XVI’s keen liturgical interest is well known to devout Catholics. Show More Summary
When Niki Johnson, an artist in Milwaukee, heard former Pope Benedict XVI say in 2009 that using condoms could increase the AIDS epidemic in Africa,...
by John-Henry Westen ROME, March 20, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) - One of the little-known legacies of Pope Benedict XVI is his consistent push to have pro-abortion politicians given the opportunity to repent and come back to a right relationship with God by refusing them Holy Communion. Benedict’s public role in the matter…
Through his historic and humble decision, Pope Emeritus Benedict makes it clear that in life there is a purpose higher than being one of the most powerful people in the world, and that purpose is becoming one with the self and with ...
Five years ago I wrote an op-ed column for The Times about Pope Benedict XVI’s partiality for ornate vestments and miters (the double-pointed hats sported not only by the pope but also by other bishops in the Roman Catholic and Anglican churches). Show More Summary
VATICAN CITY — When Pope Benedict XVI was elected pope in 2005, the Vatican quickly (just 16 hours after his election) set up six different email addresses by language for well-wishers to send greetings and prayers. Just two days after the accounts were set up, the Vatican internet office received over 56,000 emails. But as [...]
Pope Francis sent his first tweet from the resurrected @Pontifex Twitter account Sunday, only four days after being elected as Benedict XVI's successor: Dear friends, I thank you from my heart and I ask you to continue to pray for me.Pope...Show More Summary
With last Wednesdays’s announcement that Pope Francis would be succeeding Pope Benedict XVI, the internet went into a frenzy. Pope Benedict XVI will forever have the distinction of being the first Pope to join Twitter. Soon after he stepped down, Benedict’s tweets from @Pontifex were taken down, as the account was transferred to Francis. Show More Summary
Of course that detail has resonance. The implicit rebuke to the Liberace of Popes, Benedict XVI, is somehow not disrespectful, yet obvious. Saint Francis refused to ride on a horse. It gave him, as far as he was concerned, too much haughtiness, too much power over others, too much visibility. He would walk, and if [...]
"Habemus Papam!" - the Roman Catholic church has a new pope. With two African cardinals considered at one point to be potential successors to Pope Benedict XVI, we spoke with Steve Sharra and Abdoulaye Bah from our Africa team aboutShow More Summary
Popes have long been tied to the world of football. From the long-standing Vatican City league to Pope John Paul II playing as a youngster in Poland and Pope Benedict XVI’s fervent support for German power Bayern Munich, the sport has been nearly as much a part of the Papacy as white smoke and communion. Show More Summary
Argentina’s Jose Mario Bergoglio, now Pope Francis I, became the new head of the Catholic Church yesterday, assuming the papacy that was vacated by Pope Benedict XVI at the end of February. As a cardinal in Argentina, Bergoglio eschewed excess, living in poverty and often visiting the nation’s slums and other impoverished areas. Francis I [...]
The photograph at the top is from the announcement of the new pope Benedict XVI back in 2005; the photo at the bottom is from the announcement of Pope Francis I yesterday. Says everything that needs to be said about how Apple has changed...Show More Summary
Artuso Pastry shop in the Bronx, which was known for its Pope Benedict XVI cookies, has been quick to offer up cookies bearing Pope Francis's picture.
A man uses his mobile phone to photograph portraits of resigned Pope Benedict XVI (left) and Philippine's Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle displayed at a Manila chapel as members of a Catholic youth group start their vigil to coincide with the conclave to choose a new pope. Show More Summary
I know that there are a few people disappointed today that the new archbishop of Rome is not a Black man. When Pope Benedict XVI resigned, there was much speculation about Cardinal Peter Turkson becoming the new pontiff. This wouldShow More Summary