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Ten Years Since the Election of Pope Benedict XVI

Last edited 19th April 2015

On April 19, 2005, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was elected pope after the conclave's fourth round of voting. The Chilean cardinal Jorge Medina Estévez maintained suspense while greeting the crowd in several languages, before the traditional "Habemus Papam.” Finally, Pope Benedict XVI came out to the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at 7:00 p.m.

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The Request of a Retired Pope – Simply Call Me 'Father Benedict'

Last edited 10th December 2014

Rather than being called by his papal name “Benedict XVI,” the retired pontiff revealed that since his retirement he has wanted to return to his original priestly title and be called simply “Father Benedict.”


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Benedict XVI Could Attend Paul VI Beatification

Last edited 6th October 2014

Retired pontiff Benedict XVI may take part to Paul VI's beatification Mass Oct. 19, revealed Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press Office. Asked if the former Pope was expected to give his personal contribution to the two-week synod of bishops, Fr. Lombardi said during a press conference that “it is not expected that the Pope emeritus will take part in the synod, which is so committing and long.”


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Pope Francis at meeting with the elderly: “Violence against the elderly is inhuman”

Last edited 29th September 2014

Thousands of grandparents and elderly people participated in a meeting with Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square. There was also one very special guest: Benedict XVI, who was affectionately greeted by Pope Francis. POPE FRANCIS"I'm especially grateful for the presence of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. I have said many times I am so happy that he lives here at the Vatican because it is like having the wise grandfather at home. Thank you”.

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A Refreshed Benedict XVI Captivates Students with Homily

Last edited 27th August 2014

Participants in the annual Ratzinger “schulerkreis” study group were overjoyed at seeing the retired pontiff in good health, noting that they were deeply moved by his homily on the triumph of God's love.


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Pope Benedict XVI's other “Family”

Last edited 24th August 2014

Very few people can say that they personally know Benedict XVI. But his former students are definitely part of that select group. They're hoping the Pope emeritus will join them this year, for their annual theological meeting in Castel Gandolfo from August 21st to the 24th. "We hope he comes this year, but that also depends on his health. We are almost like his family. He's very close to us.” said Fr. Stephan Otto Horn Ratzinger Schülerkreis' Coordinator.

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Benedict XVI's Secretary Passes on Condolences to Pope After World Cup

Last edited 15th July 2014

Benedict XVI did not watch the World Cup Final between Argentina and Germany on television last night but knew instantly what the final score was when he saw the expression on the face of his secretary, Archbishop George Gaenswein, the following morning.

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World Cup 2014: Will Argentina Win? Is the Pope Catholic?

Last edited 10th July 2014

The unprecedented cohabitation of two popes in the Vatican has been characterised by tact and mutual respect. But the question is whether the cordial relations between popes Francis and Benedict can really survive a World Cup final between Argentina and Germany, their respective countries of birth.

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In Rare Interview, Benedict XVI Recalls Life of John Paul II

Last edited 12th March 2014

In lengthy excerpts of an interview published in an Italian newspaper, Pope emeritus Benedict XVI speaks of his time collaborating with John Paul II, highlighting the deceased Pope's sanctity and commitment to the truth.


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How Benedict XVI set the stage for Pope Francis

Last edited 11th February 2014

Pope Benedict XVI used a meeting of cardinals discussing new saints to deliver the stunning announcement that he planned to resign, effective 8 pm Rome time on Feb. 28. The news was a total surprise to everyone except a handful of papal intimates, and it set the stage for all the drama that’s followed.


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