It was feared he would become a sort of shadow pope. Instead he has opted to see out what remains of his life in the shadows. Two years after becoming the first leader of the Catholic church to resign in seven centuries, Benedict XVI has melted away from public view, even if he remains a benchmark...
In a classic awkward moment, Ronan Keating, Irish recording artist, singer-songwriter and musician, has just admitted to headbutting Pope Benedict XVI. Apparently he really didn’t know how to handle the necessary protocols and simply headbutted the holy man’s hand instead. Show More Summary
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One of the rarest and most important things a pope does is issue encyclicals. In the eight years of Pope Benedict’s papacy, he issued three encyclicals. In the 27 years
Originally published on RenewEconomy. Six years ago, Pope Benedict XVI installed more than 1,000 solar panels on the Vatican’s audience hall, helping him earn him the sobriquet of the “Green Pope”. Some time in the next few months, his successor Pope Francis may just go one step further. Show More Summary
A Harley-Davidson motorcycle blessed with the signature of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, and later received by Pope Francis, is to be sold for charity at Bonhams 5 February Paris Sale. The motorcycle is to be offered as part of Bonhams Grand Palais auction, entered at no reserve, with an estimate of ?15,000-25,000 (£11,700-19,600). Show More Summary
Caritas in Veritate International, a Catholic group that specializes in charity and proselytizing, recently held a meeting in Rome for its leaders. And they met with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, who had some strong words of support for them:... Show More Summary
On December 7, 1914, Pope Benedict XV asked both sides in WW I to stop the war to observe Christmas. Although the countries refused to halt their hostilities, soldiers on both sides observed the truce, even singing to each other across enemy lines. Show More Summary
Because what says "papal visit" more than beer, a German brewery has created Papst Bier to commemorate Pope Benedict XVI's visit to Germany this week. And it's not just any beer, either: this beer has been "'ensouled'...by playing Gregorian chants...
We have previously mentioned the heraldry work of Mr Marco Foppoli, such as this piece which he designed during the vacancy of the Holy See after Pope Benedict’s resignation went into effect, featuring the arms of Cardinal Bertone, the Chamberlain of the Apostolic See. Show More Summary
Holy canoli, this pope is tearing it up and is showing no signs of slowing down. First Despite previous Pope Benedict XVI (aka Uncle Ben)'s firm beliefs on creationism, today, the chill as fuck Pope has decreed that God is "not a magician with a magic wand." Oh shit. Read more...
Evolution is not inconsistent with God, said Pope Francis during an unveiling of a bust of his predecessor, Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI, at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences on Monday.
The queen is on Twitter, which should surprise nobody. Oprah Winfrey first tweeted in 2009. Barack Obama sent his first tweet in 2010. So did Conan O'Brien and the Dalai Lama and Bill Gates. Pope Benedict XVI sent his first tweet in 2011. Prince, Kobe Bryant, and Justin Bieber's cat all started tweeting in 2013. Read Full Story
Long before the world saw the ascendancy of Pope Francis as vicar to the poor, New York was blessed with the devout and devoted Benedict Groeschel.
Retired pontiff Benedict XVI joined some 50,000 pilgrims in Saint Peter’s Square on Sunday, Sept. 28 for a meeting between Pope Francis and elderly people from around the world.Welcoming his predecessor, the Holy Father described Pope...Show More Summary
Elderly people, including former Pope Benedict, attended a gathering of the wise and wrinkled at the Vatican on Sunday, where Pope Francis denounced the neglect and abandonment of the old as "hidden euthanasia".
Pope Benedict XVI joined Pope Francis at the Vatican on Sunday for an event focused on elderly people. The event was only the third time Benedict, 87, has attended a public event since his resignation from the papacy in February 2013. Show More Summary
With his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, looking on, the pontiff on Sunday celebrated senior citizens — and said that a nation that fails its elderly 'is a people with no future.'
This morning Pope Francis, together with emeritus Pope Benedict, met with thousands of elderly people in Saint Peter’s Square, telling them that old age “is a time of grace.” Grandparents, the Pope said, are entrusted with handing down their wisdom and their faith, conveying their life experience and the story of their family, community and nation. Show More Summary
Remember when Pope Francis' pontificate was going to be all about doctrinal reform? After 34 years of reactionary Catholicism under Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI, the story went, Francis was going to tear down the curtains and throw open the windows to let the brisk air and bright sunshine of modernity into the church. Show More Summary