Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Francis greets retired Pope Benedict XVI at the retired pontiff's Vatican residence Dec. 23, 2013. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)

Pope Francis on his relationship with Benedict: ‘He always defended me’

For the nearly 10 years that Pope Francis and retired Pope Benedict XVI lived on opposite sides of St. Peter's Basilica, the two popes' relationship was marked by a deep mutual respect and sense of solidarity.
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Vatican to publish ‘private’ homilies of late Pope Benedict

The Vatican publishing house announced it will release a book of some 130 homilies given by the late Pope Benedict XVI at private Sunday Masses -- 30 given while he was pope and more than 100 given to members of ...
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Pope sends predecessor’s longtime secretary home without assignment

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis has directed Archbishop Georg Gänswein, the longtime personal secretary of the late Pope Benedict XVI, to leave the Vatican and return to his home diocese in Germany without a new assignment. Archbishop Gänswein “concluded ...
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Pope Francis So Far

In the past 10 years, Pope Francis has been both celebrated and vilified. But he remains on task for reforming the Catholic Church.
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Pilgrims from Bavaria in Germany arrive for the funeral Mass of Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Jan. 5, 2023. (CNS photo/Justin McLellan)

Mourners see pope’s funeral as celebration of life and legacy

Just before 7 a.m. Jan. 5, the dome of St. Peter's Basilica was so shrouded with fog that it was scarcely visible. Yet the sounds of German folk music permeated the dense air as some 500 traditionally dressed Bavarians descended ...
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Archbishop Georg Gänswein, right, who was private secretary to Pope Benedict XVI, talks with Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith of Colombo, Sri Lanka, as people pay their respects at the body of Pope Benedict in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican Jan. 4, 2023. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Pope Benedict lived the faith he taught, says Archbishop Gänswein

The person closest to Pope Benedict XVI for the past two and a half years said the most important thing about him was that "the faith he learned, taught and proclaimed was the faith he lived."
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