Four years ago today, Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation, or abdication — debate swirled around the question of what the appropriate English word was. “Renuntiare” was the Latin verb in his announcement, which he read aloudShow More Summary
Well, we didn’t see this coming. Ever since Pope Benedict’s surprise resignation in 2013 and the subsequent election of Pope Francis, the two pontiffs have maintained a respectful and peaceful co-existence. On the few occasions that they have appeared together in public, Francis and Benedict have displayed what observers can only describe as affectionate friendship. There [...]
The Vatican's flagship chorus got a bad reputation during the late 20th century (you may have heard its wobbly yelling on TV when a pope died), but Pope Benedict hired a new director to raise standards, and there's been real progress. The choir's only English member tells what it's like to have a job today […]
Rex Features via AP Images) F or years, the solemn benediction given by the Pontiff of the Catholic Church to the City of Rome and the world on Christmas Day has been urbi et orbi, a blessing that conveys nothing less serious than the full absolution of his flock’s sins. Show More Summary
CatholicVote is in the persuasion business. That’s what politics is all about. But Pope Benedict said something we try to keep in mind: The only really effective apologia for Christianity comes down to two arguments, namely, the saints the Church has produced and the art which has grown in her womb.”-Joseph Ratzinger (later Pope Benedict [...]
Last Testament: In His Own Words by Pope Benedict XVII actually preordered this by accident or I'd never have read it. As it turns out, I'm glad I did. Journalist Peter Seewald continues the interview format that he used for his previous books with Pope Benedict XVI. Show More Summary
In "Last Testament: In His Own Words," the English version of his autobiography, the usually private Pope Benedict dives into many of the issues that swirled around his time serving, offering a revealing portrait of the former leader of the Catholic church. Show More Summary
It seems impolite to say so, given Pope Benedict XVI’s chastened retreat to the shadows of the Vatican, back in 2013, but his papacy was a failed one. For nearly eight years, he led the Catholic Church in the broad collapse of its moral...Show More Summary
German journalist Peter Seewald does the reader both a favor and a disservice with his generous introduction to the new volume, Last Testament: In His Own Words, by Pope Benedict XVI, which publishes worldwide on November 15. He reminds...Show More Summary
The retired pope's thoughts affirm a recent suggestion by Cardinal Robert Sarah for celebrants to consider facing the altar during the liturgy.
The Roman Catholic Church has offered compensation to 422 victims of sexual and physical abuse in the choir school of Regensburg Cathedral, an institution headed for 30 years by Georg Ratzinger, brother of the former Pope Benedict. Ratzinger has denied all knowledge of the abuse. The church is offering sums of 5,000 to 20,000 euros to […]
The pope emeritus expressed doubts about Catholics who refuse to pay Church tax being excommunicated.
From the Coetus Internationalis Summorum Pontificum:On the ninth anniversary of the entry into force of Pope Benedict’s motu proprio Summorum Pontificum, we are glad to announce the participation of William Cardinal Levada, Prefect Emeritus...Show More Summary
When it comes to reflecting on his legacy, Pope Benedict XVI is most proud of kicking a group of gay lobbyists out of the Vatican.
2016 // Trump unveiled a new $20 billion voucher plan for 11 million children from poor families to choose which school they will attend. http://cvote.it/2c9RudZ CATHOLIC // Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI admitted that governing the church...Show More Summary
The book offers a never-before-seen glimpse into a pope's reflections on his career. The English translation will be released Nov. 3
Retired Pope Benedict XVI has acknowledged that governing the church wasn’t his strong suit but says he doesn’t see his papacy as a failure and that he succeeded at least in breaking up the Vatican’s so-called “gay lobby.”
It has been three years since Pope Benedict retired, to be succeeded by the dynamic Pope Francis. In the few years since, European kings and queens have abdicated in favor of their sons, including Carlos of Spain, Albert of Belgium, Beatrice of the Netherlands, and also the Emir of Qatar. Show More Summary
Pope Francis has lamented that children are being taught at school that gender can be a choice, adding that his predecessor, Benedict XVI has labeled current times “the epoch of sin against God the Creator.”
TOKYO (Reuters) - Pope Benedict XVI did it. Dutch Queen Beatrix did it. So why is it so hard for Japan's elderly emperor to abdicate?