Latest Pope Benedict XVI News

Retired pope hopes to soon join friends in 'the afterlife'

Oct. 20, 2021 07:43 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Retired Pope Benedict XVI has said he hopes to soon join a beloved professor friend in “the afterlife,” in a sign that the 94-year-old pontiff is not only accepting his eventual death but welcoming it. Benedict penned an Oct. 2 letter to a German priest,...

Today in History

Sep. 23, 2021 00:24 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Thursday, Sept. 23, the 266th day of 2021. There are 99 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 23, 1955, a jury in Sumner, Mississippi, acquitted two white men, Roy Bryant and...

Today in History

Sep. 22, 2021 00:02 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Wednesday, Sept. 22, the 265th day of 2021. There are 100 days left in the year. Autumn arrives at 3:20 p.m. EDT. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 22, 2014, the United States and five Arab...

'Some wanted me dead:' Pope acknowledges right-wing critics

Sep. 21, 2021 09:30 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis has acknowledged his increasingly vocal conservative critics, saying their “nasty comments” were the work of the devil and adding that “some wanted me dead” after his recent intestinal surgery. Francis made the comments during a Sept. 12...

Pope to bishops: Listen to abuse victims for sake of church

Sep. 18, 2021 07:40 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis urged European bishops on Saturday to listen to survivors of clergy sexual abuse and consider them partners in reform, warning that their failure to do so risks the very future of the Catholic Church. Francis issued a videomessage to Central...

Pope questions vaccine skeptics, including cardinals

Sep. 15, 2021 11:52 AM EDT

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis said Wednesday he didn’t understand why people refuse to take COVID-19 vaccines, saying “humanity has a history of friendship with vaccines,” and that serene discussion about the shots was necessary to help them. “Even...

Pope on health: thanks to surgery I can eat whatever I want

Sep. 01, 2021 06:04 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis says thanks to surgery that removed a portion of his colon he can now eat whatever he wants and leads “a totally normal life.” The pontiff in a pre-recorded radio interview broadcast on Wednesday spoke about his health in the...

Cypriot official: Pope Francis to visit Cyprus in December

Aug. 31, 2021 08:32 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Pope Francis will visit Cyprus in December, making him the second Roman Catholic pontiff to ever travel to the eastern Mediterranean island nation, a Cypriot official said Tuesday. The official said the pontiff’s two-day visit will take place...