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By Ann Schneible CNA/EWTN News  Two years to the day since Pope Benedict XVI told the world of his historic decision to step down from the papal office, those impacted by his pontificate say that his legacy is still burning bright. “Pope Benedict’s legacy is really very massive,” said Archbishop

Pope Francis embraces emeritus Pope Benedict XVI at papal summer residence in Castel Gandolfo
Staff Report UPDATE: The Vatican denied Wednesday that Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI sufferers from any serious illness other than the problems associated with old age. A Newsmax report claims that Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi denied reports in a Spanish newspaper that the former pope was facing any specific illness.

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — After Pope Benedict XVI officially became pope emeritus, he ate dinner, watched the television news and strolled through the lake-view rooms of the papal villa at Castel Gandolfo. Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, said he spoke March 1 with

By John Stegeman The Catholic Telegraph When the papacy of His Holiness Benedict XVI, Pope Emeritus, ended at 8 p.m. Rome time Thursday, immediate changes took place in the digital realm. When the doors were closed at Castel Gandolfo, the 39 tweets sent out by Benedict XVI as @Pontifex were

Sede Vacante
UPDATE: For more up to date information, visit Conclave Central.   Effective Thursday at 2 p.m. Eastern, 8 p.m. in Rome, the papacy of Benedict XVI came to an end. With that, the Catholic Church entered a period of sede vacante. Sede vacante is Latin for “the seat being empty”

Father Ryan Ruiz, a priest from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati studying in Rome, attended Pope Benedict XVI’s final General Audience on Wednesday. With the unique perspective of having been present for the historic event, Father Ruiz took the time to share his experiences with the folks back home in Cincinnati

Pope Benedict XVI addresses cardinals on final day of papacy at Vatican City
By Francis X. Rocca Catholic News Service  VATICAN CITY — The Clementine Hall is traditionally the place where cardinals bid farewell to popes at the end of a pontificate, but usually when the pope in question is lying in state before his funeral. But on Feb. 28, hours before resigning

By John Stegeman The Catholic Telegraph While the historic implications of Pope Benedict XVI‘s resignation will be debated for decades at least, one can wonder if today’s Catholic youth understand the magnitude of the situation. While he can’t speak for all youth, 21-year-old Quinn Patterson, a member of Our Lady

Papal audience
By John Stegeman The Catholic Telegraph ROME — More than 150,000 pilgrims turned out for Pope Benedict XVI’s final general audience Wednesday Morning in St. Peter’s Square. Millions more around the world watched the audience via EWTN and a live feed on the Vatican’s website. Others followed online as The

Archbishop Schnurr celebrates a mass for Pope Benedict XVI
By John Stegeman The Catholic Telegraph  (Video & full text of homily  below) Just two days before it ends, Archbishop of Cincinnati Dennis M. Schnurr celebrated a Mass of Thanksgivings for the Petrine Ministry of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI Tuesday morning at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains