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Pope Welcomes Benedict XVI to the Vatican

Last edited 2nd May 2013

It has been two months since Benedict XVI left the Vatican by helicopter. In the last few hours of his pontificate Pope Benedict XVI traveled to the summer residence of Castel Gandolfo. Now he comes back to the Vatican as Pope emeritus.

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Benedict XVI Likely to Return to Vatican on May 2

Last edited 29th April 2013

The spokesperson for the Vatican, Father Federico Lombardi, confirmed that Benedict XVI will likely return to the Vatican at about midday on May 2. The Pope emeritus has been staying at Castel Gandolfo for the past two months, as crews finished work on the Mater Ecclesie convent to turn it into the new home for Benedict XVI.

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Eight Year Anniversary of Benedict XVI's Election as Pope

Last edited 21st April 2013

On 19 April 2005, white smoke billowed out of the chimney perched atop the Sistine Chapel. The Cardinals of the Catholic Church had chosen Joseph Ratzinger as the new Pope. It has been eight years now since that election. Let us continue to pray for Pope emeritus Benedict XVI!

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Pope Francis Prays at Mass for Benedict XVI

Last edited 16th April 2013

As Pope emeritus Benedict XVI turned 86 years old, Pope Francis offered his first few thoughts of the day to him. At the start of the 7AM Mass inside the chapel at Casa Santa Marta, the Pope asked for prayers for his predecessor.

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My Venerable Predecessor - A Video Reflection for Benedict XVI's Birthday

Last edited 16th April 2013

Today (16 April) is Pope emeritus Benedict XVI's 86th birthday. Let us never forget his humility and his generosity in serving the Church. Watch this video to listen to Pope Francis' words about his "Venerable Predecessor", Benedict XVI.

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Benedict XVI Turns 86 Years Old, First Birthday as Pope Emeritus

Last edited 15th April 2013

One more candle on the birthday cake for Benedict XVI, and for the first time as Pope emeritus. He celebrates his 86th birthday in the intimacy of Castel Gandolfo. Eight years ago, on April 16, 2005, then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger turned 78 just two days before the start of of the conclave where he was elected Pope.

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Pope Francis and Benedict XVI Meet as ‘Brothers’

Last edited 25th March 2013

Pope Francis met with Benedict XVI on Saturday for the first time since his selection, an historic visit that took place in a fraternal atmosphere.“We are brothers,” Pope Francis told his predecessor before praying side-by-side with him at the papal residence in Castel Gandolfo, Italy.The March 23 encounter marked the first face-to-face meeting between the two since the March 13 election of the new Pope. The encounter is a unique moment in the history of the Church, which has not had a papal resignation in centuries.

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Pope Francis visits Benedict XVI: "Thanks for your humility and kindness"

Last edited 4th April 2013

On Saturday afternoon, Pope Francis met with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI for the very first time. The meeting was both moving and historic. Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press Office, said it was “a moment of profound communion”. The video shows how inside the chapel, Benedict offered the place of honour to Pope Francis, who instead responded “we are brothers” and wanted them to share the same kneeler.

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Francis' Papal Symbols Linked to Past Popes

Last edited 19th March 2013

When Pope Francis was installed as Bishop of Rome today, the two major symbols of the authority he received were connected to previous Popes.


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The Cardinals Thank Benedict XVI

Last edited 5th March 2013

A telegram - signed by the Dean of the College of Cardinals, Cardinal Angelo Sodano – was sent to Benedict XVI by the prelates which met on 5 March, in the Synod Hall at the Third General Congregation:


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