Friday, January 13, 202306Pope Francis will celebrate the fourth annual Sunday of the Word of God Jan. 22 and, like he did last year, will confer the ministries of lector and catechist on several lay people, according to the Dicastery for Evangelization.
Wednesday, January 4, 2023057The Jan. 5 funeral Mass for Pope Benedict XVI will be a papal funeral with a few changes to fit with the fact that he was not the reigning pope and has not left behind a "sede vacante."
Monday, January 2, 2023017A quiet hush covered the vast expanse of St. Peter's Square even though it was filled with thousands of people slowly winding their way around the colonnade into St. Peter's Basilica to pay their last respects to the late Pope Benedict XVI.
Saturday, December 31, 20220652
Eight years as pope capped long ministry as teacher of faith
By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service
VATICAN CITY -- Retired Pope Benedict XVI, who had an impressive record as a teacher and defender of the basics of Catholic faith, is likely to go down in history books as the first pope in almost 600 years to resign.
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Thursday, December 29, 2022019Two days after Pope Francis told people retired Pope Benedict was "very sick" and in need of prayers, the Vatican said he again had had a restful night and was able to participate in the celebration of Mass in his room.
Tuesday, December 27, 202203The day after Christmas the Catholic Church celebrates the feast of St. Stephen, the first Christian martyr, which emphasizes how the story of Jesus' birth is not a "fairy tale," but a call to live as witnesses of the Gospel, Pope Francis said.
Monday, December 26, 202203With the birth of Jesus, God became flesh to share the joys and sorrows, hopes and fears of all people, especially the poor and those living daily amid danger, Pope Francis said in his Christmas message.