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Benedict XVI not ‘isolated’ although ‘no public life’—Vatican spokesman

In this file photo provided by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano on Feb. 11, 2013, Pope Benedict XVI reads a document in Latin where he announces his resignation, during a meeting of Vatican cardinals, at the Vatican. It was a holiday at the Vatican and Pope Benedict XVI was speaking in Latin at an arguably boring ceremony announcing new saints, so few people were paying much attention. But what Benedict said a year ago Tuesday changed the course of the 2,000-year-old Catholic Church and paved the way for the historic papacy of Pope Francis. In his soft voice and in a Latin that the cardinals present strained to understand, Benedict announced that he no longer had the "strength of mind and body" to be pope and would retire at the end of the month, the first pope to step down in more than half a millennium. AP

Pope emeritus Benedict XVI, who a year ago became the first pontiff to resign since the Middle Ages, is not “isolated” even though he does not appear in public, Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said on Monday.

Posted: February 11th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Francis meets Benedict XVI on first Christmas as pope

In this picture provided by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, right, talks with Pope Francis as they exchange Christmas greetings, at the Vatican, Monday, Dec. 23, 2013. AP/L'Osservatore Romano, ho

Pope Francis visited his predecessor Benedict XVI on Monday for an informal Christmas greeting, as the Argentine pontiff prepares to celebrate his first Christmas as leader of the world’s Roman Catholics.

Posted: December 24th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Vatican: Benedict XVI may attend pope canonization

Ex-pope Benedict XVI. AP FILE PHOTO

Popes John Paul II and John XXIII will be declared saints on April 27 at a ceremony that might see two living popes honoring two dead ones.

Posted: September 30th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Pope Francis lauds Benedict XVI, warns against self-interest

Pope Francis. AP FILE PHOTO

Pope Francis praised on Sunday his predecessor Benedict XVI’s decision to resign as courageous, and called on pilgrims to follow the former pontiff’s example and put aside their egos to listen to their conscience.

Posted: June 30th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Ex-pope to return to Vatican ‘probably’ Thursday

Ex-pope Benedict XVI. AP FILE PHOTO

Pope emeritus Benedict XVI will “probably” return to the Vatican on Thursday, a spokesman for the Holy See said, two months after the German pontiff’s resignation stunned the world.

Posted: April 30th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Benedict XVI marks 86th birthday in Castel Gandolfo

This handout picture released by the Vatican press office on March 23, 2013, shows "pope emeritus" Benedict XVI (left) speaking to Pope Francis during their meeting in Castel Gandolfo. Benedict XVI on Tuesday, April 16, 2013, celebrates his 86th birthday as the first former pope in over 700 years at his temporary home of Castel Gandolfo, the papal summer residence near Rome. His successor Pope Francis called to wish him a happy birthday and celebrated Mass in his honor.  AFP PHOTO/OSSERVATORE ROMANO

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI on Tuesday celebrates his 86th birthday as the first former pope in over 700 years at his temporary home of Castel Gandolfo, the papal summer residence near Rome.

Posted: April 17th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Pope Francis, Benedict in historic encounter

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In this photo provided by the Vatican paper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis meets Pope emeritus Benedict XVI in Castel Gandolfo Saturday, March 23, 2013. Pope Francis has traveled to Castel Gandolfo to have lunch with his predecessor Benedict XVI in a historic and potentially problematic melding of the papacies that has never before confronted the Catholic Church. The Vatican said the two popes embraced on the helipad. In the chapel where they prayed together, Benedict offered Francis the traditional kneeler used by the pope. Francis refused to take it alone, saying "We're brothers," and the two prayed together on the same one. (AP Photo/Osservatore Romano, HO)

Pope Francis and his predecessor, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, met at Castel Gandolfo, their first since the latter stepped down from the papacy on February 28 because of old age.

Posted: March 23rd, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Pope arrives for historic talks with predecessor Benedict XVI

A view taken on February 20, 2013 shows the Pontiff's gardens of the Apostolic Palace of Castel Gandolfo, Italy. Pope Benedict XVI will stay at the Vatican's summer residence from February 28 until the convent of Mater Ecclesiae (Mother of the Church) at the Vatican will be ready to host him. Pope Benedict XVI began a week-long spiritual retreat out of the public eye on February 18 ahead of his resignation on February 28 with the field of candidates to succeed him still wide open AFP PHOTO / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE

Pope Francis flew in for an unprecedented encounter with his predecessor Benedict XVI at the papal residence of Castel Gandolfo near Rome — a first in Catholic Church history.

Posted: March 23rd, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Pope Francis to visit predecessor Benedict

Pope Francis. AP FILE PHOTO

Pope Francis will visit his predecessor Benedict XVI on March 23 for the first time since his election, the Vatican said on Saturday.

Posted: March 16th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Thunderous applause for Benedict XVI at St. Peter’s mass

Ex-pope Benedict XVI. AP FILE PHOTO

Cardinals, clergy and common pilgrims erupted into thunderous applause at the mention of “pope emeritus” Benedict XVI on Tuesday at a special mass in St Peter’s Basilica ahead of a conclave to elect his successor following his surprise resignation.

Posted: March 12th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Final day of jockeying before papal conclave begins

Cardinals, including U.S. Roger Mahony, left, and Timothy Dolan, third from left, arrive for a meeting at the Vatican, Monday March 11, 2013. Cardinals have gathered for their final day of talks before the conclave to elect the next pope amid debate over whether the Catholic Church needs a manager pope to clean up the Vatican's messy bureaucracy or a pastoral pope who can inspire the faithful and make Catholicism relevant again. AP PHOTO

Catholic cardinals had a final day of jockeying for position on Monday before shutting themselves into the Sistine Chapel to elect a new pope after Benedict XVI’s shock resignation, with an Italian and a Brazilian who both head powerful archdioceses among the top contenders.

Posted: March 11th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Cardinals’ spartan lodgings made for quiet reflection

This handout picture released by the Vatican Press Office on March 9, 2013 shows the pope's to be elected temporary apartments in the Casa Santa Marta, the residence inside the Vatican where the cardinals electors will eat and sleep between votes during the conclave. AFP PHOTO/OSSERVATORE ROMANO

The 115 cardinals who will start meeting on Tuesday to elect the next pope are lodging at Casa Santa Marta, a residence near the Sistine Chapel where they will be casting their votes.

Posted: March 11th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Americans control conclave message just by talking

Italian Cardinal Angelo Scola, center, waves to reporters as he arrives with two unidentified assistants, for a meeting, at the Vatican, Monday, March 4, 2013. Cardinals from around the world have gathered inside the Vatican for their first round of meetings before the conclave to elect the next pope, amid scandals inside and out of the Vatican and the continued reverberations of Benedict XVI's decision to retire. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

The two American cardinals sat on the stage, microphones in hand, fielding questions from the world’s news media on everything from the delayed arrival of some of their colleagues to their own wardrobe choices if elected pope.

Posted: March 6th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

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