Benedict XVI denies alleged forced resignation to the charge of Pope

The Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI, qualified as “absurd” a new media speculation that he was forced to resign. Through a letter to the Italian website The Vatican Insider  posted last Wednesday, Benedict XVI said: “There is absolutely no doubt about the validity of...

Pope Francisco wishes Benedict XVI a merry Christmas

As part of his festive calendar, yesterday Pope Francis visited Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI. According to Vatican sources, Francis said he saw his predecesor, 86, in good condition. “It was a pleasure to see you so well,” said Francisco to Benedict, who in February...

John XXIII and John Paul II to be claimed Saints next year

During the session held yesterday in Latin with the presence of all the cardinals, the Pope Francis announced the upcoming canonization of Pope John XXIII and John Paul II. The event will be held on April 27, 2014, the first Sunday after the celebrations of Holy Week, when the...
Benedicto XVI and Pope Francis

Benedict XVI returned to the Vatican to live in the monastery

On Thursday morning, Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI, who resigned in February, returned to the Vatican to settle in the Mater Ecclesiae monastery, located in its gardens, where he will live permanently. Joseph Ratzinger, 86, arrived at the Vatican by helicopter at 4:50 pm (9:50 am in...

Pope Francisco and Benedict XVI emeritus prayed together in meeting

The newly elected pontiff, Pope Francis travelled last Saturday to the summer residence of Castel Gandolfo for a lunch with his “brother” and predecessor Benedict XVI, marking a historic but potentially problematic confluence between two popes of the Catholic Church....
Pope Francis with Benedict XVI

Pope Francis will meet for the first time with Benedict XVI

Pope Francis will fly tomorrow by helicopter from the Vatican to the Apostolic residence of Castel Gandolfo, to visit Benedict XVI, who resides in that place since he ceased to be Pope. This is the first time that both Cardinals will meet since Francis was elected as the new...

A quick conclave

In the past 60 years the meeting of cardinals called conclave (with key) lasted very little, the longest was 5 days. This time it has a special ingredient that is repeated almost after 600 years: not elect a successor of a dead Pope but alive and declared one Emeritus, Benedict...

Second black smoke cloud in the conclave voting

On Wednesday at 10:40 GMT (05:40 hours of Ecuador), a thick cloud of black smoke came out of the chimney of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican, indicating for a second time to the world that the cardinals in conclave have not yet chosen a new pope. The 115 cardinal electors were...