Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI told the Italian newspaper La Stampa that it was his free choice to resign the papacy a year ago and he wasn’t pressured to do so.
Pope Benedict XVI’s life began in a picturesque Bavarian hamlet near Adolf Hitler’s birthplace. He will see out his days at a small Vatican monastery called “The Mother of the Church.”
Nothing distinguished the papacy of Pope Benedict XVI so much as the way in which he is leaving.
Pope Benedict XVI, saying he no longer has the strength to lead the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics, will resign from the papacy at the end of the month, the first such abdication in almost 600 years.
Catholic cardinals impressed by Barack Obama’s rise to power may be encouraged to elect the first black pope, according to a Brazilian theologian once silenced by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger before he became pope.
Here are some highlights of Pope Benedict XVI’s papacy.
Cardinals from Canada, Nigeria and Ghana are among the leading candidates to succeed Benedict XVI as pope, according to bookmakers’ odds.
Pope Benedict XVI publicly asked for “forgiveness” from victims of sex-abuse crimes committed by Catholic priests and promised to do “everything possible” to shield children from pedophile clerics.
In the Italian film “Habemus Papam,” a newly elected pope is so overwhelmed by the job that he scales the Vatican walls and resigns.
Pope Benedict XVI flew out of Vatican City for the last time as pontiff as he prepared to become the first head of the Catholic church to abdicate in 600 years.