Meet Agnese, a friend of mine and fellow-parishoner at the F.S.S.P.’s Roman church, Trinità dei Pellegrini. Piazza di Spagna on December 8 a few years ago, hoping to see Pope Benedict. The papal visit to the Piazza on the feast of the...Show More Summary
Pope Emeritus Benedict resigned, somewhat shockingly, in February 2013. He did so earlier than he initially intended because he wanted his successor to be able to attend a major Roman Catholic festival in Brazil that was moved up one year to make room for the World Cup in Brazil this summer. Show More Summary
What do you do when you’re the Catholic Church, a millennia-old institution with rituals designed for every moment, and your pope retires for the first time in modern history and there’s zero script? Well, you’re forced to kind of wing it. Show More Summary
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
Around the anniversary of Pope Benedict’s almost unprecedented resignation as Pope, there has been a predictable uptick in speculation about what actually happened and why. If he was forced out by scandal, then his resignation would not have been valid. So in response to some pointed questions from La Stampa, Benedict has gone public. Money […]
With rumors swirling regarding why the former Pope Benedict left his post almost exactly one year ago to become pope emeritus, the man himself has spoken out. Responding to a Vatican Insider journalist's letter with a brief letter of his own, Benedict calls "speculations" on the matter "simply absurd." Resignation,...
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
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Retired Pope Benedict XVI has denied speculation that he was pressured to leave Benedict Denies He Was Pressured To Resign - -
"The very first papal visit [Pope Francis] made was down there to this island, where many impoverished people of North Africa and elsewhere are trying to migrate to Europe to get work," says "Frontline: Secrets of the Vatican" director Antony Thomas. "The fact that his very first papal visit of any sort - bam, he went there, and at very short notice."
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...
WASHINGTON — Pope Francis, leader of the Roman Catholic Church, inducted 19 new cardinals while former pope Benedict was in attendance. Reuters reported that Pope Francis urged unity among the cardinals and to avoid political infighting and bickering. Reuters called Benedict a “scandal-plagued predecessor” in their brief report. Benedict’s appearance was the first since his […]
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
The pontiff and his predecessor appeared at St. Peter's Basilica for a ceremony to anoint 19 new Roman Catholic cardinals.
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 […]