Papacy

April 17, 2014

John XXIII, John Paul II Linked by Their Love of Constructive Dialogue With the World

Cardinal Paul Poupard, president emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Culture, remembers the two popes.

March 25, 2014

Understanding Pope Francis Through Ignatius of Loyola

COMMENTARY

March 12, 2014

Casting a Wide Net: Pope Francis’ Inaugural Year

COMMENTARY

February 26, 2014

Benedict XVI Affirms Absolute Validity of His Resignation

The Italian daily newspaper La Stampa published excerpts of a letter from the pope emeritus, who called speculation over his abdication ‘absurd.’

February 26, 2014

Benedict XVI: Questions About Validity of Resignation are "Absurd"

November 19, 2013

Latest Vatican Reform Has Scores of Priests Returning to Their Dioceses

At least 30 priests are expected to resume diocesan ministry after their service at the Vatican, according to sources.

October 23, 2013

Secretary Recalls Final Months of Benedict XVI’s Pontificate

Archbishop Georg Gänswein’s wide-ranging interview included ‘Vatileaks’ and the pope emeritus’ relationship with his successor.

August 21, 2013

Report: Benedict XVI Resigned After ‘Mystical Experience’

The pope emeritus reportedly disclosed God has planted the ‘absolute desire’ in his heart ‘to remain alone with him, secluded in prayer.’

July 5, 2013

It’s Official: John Paul II and John XXIII to Be Canonized

Pope Francis approves decree on the second miracle attributed to John Paul’s intercession, and in an unusual move, he approves a ‘favorable vote’ for John XXIII’s sainthood.

April 1, 2013

Pope Francis’ Ideas of What Is at the Heart of the Church

NEWS ANALYSIS

March 27, 2013

‘Rome Will Not Change Him,’ Argentinian Catholics Say of Pope Francis

The humble pastoral style that has caught the world’s attention is well known to Catholics in Buenos Aires, as is his deep Marian devotion.

March 20, 2013

The Face of the Church’s New Hope

COMMENTARY: A Register exclusive from Los Angeles Archbishop José H. Gomez.

March 18, 2013

Pope Francis Will Shake Up More Than Vatican Schedules

NEWS ANALYSIS: Changes to important Vatican positions can be expected after the Holy Father settles in to his new office.

March 15, 2013

Pope Francis and the Wisdom of Years

COMMENTARY

March 13, 2013

New Pope Has Been Elected

White smoke has just appeared from the Sistine Chapel chimney.

March 13, 2013

What Happens Behind the Scenes of a Papal Election?

After white smoke issues from the Sistine Chapel chimney, a number of formalities are observed before the new Pope appears on the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica.

March 13, 2013

Cardinal Scherer: A Strong Candidate From the Developing World

Personable and fluent in several major languages, the Brazilian cardinal has many of the qualities regarded as desirable for a future pope.

March 13, 2013

Dynamics of Conclaves 2005 and 2013 Very Different

COMMENTARY

March 6, 2013

Recipe for a Pope: a Christlike Man Who Can Govern and Unite

NEWS ANALYSIS

March 1, 2013

Three American Cardinals Discuss Their Part in the Upcoming Conclave

What will go into their discussions with their fellow electors, and who do they think can shepherd the Church following Pope Benedict XVI?

March 1, 2013

On His Last Day as Pope, Benedict’s Character Shone Through

No drama or actions focused on himself, just a calm acceptance of reality and a profound trust in Christ.

March 1, 2013

A Gem of a Pope

February 22, 2013

Vatican Spokesman: Prepare Spiritually for Pope’s Last Days

Father Federico Lombardi says it's time for Catholics to prepare for the Pope's resignation with spiritual growth, not division.

February 21, 2013

Your Holiness, the Jewish World Will Miss You

COMMENTARY: The president of the Pave the Way Foundation esteems the departing Pope Benedict XVI for advancing the cause of Catholic-Jewish relations.

February 21, 2013

Benedict XVI, ‘the Pope of Christian Unity’

The head of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham lauds the Holy Father's trailblazing unity with Anglicans.

February 20, 2013

Msgr. Ratzinger: My Brother’s Decision Was for the Good of the Church

Even though he will be ‘retired,’ Benedict XVI will not ‘sit around waiting for the day to end,’ his brother says.

February 19, 2013

Pope Benedict Noted for Linking Education With Love of God

Catholic university scholars laud the Holy Father for his lifelong commitment to integrate the faith with education.

February 18, 2013

Pope Benedict on the Spiritual Battle That Is Lent

At its core, temptation is always meant to exploit God for some lowly end, the Holy Father explains in his second to last Angelus address Feb. 17.

February 15, 2013

Resignation Aftermath: Pope as CEO?

After Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation, the decision stirs confusion, concern and spin.

February 14, 2013

Benedict Will Still Be There for Us

COMMENTARY: Pope Benedict had a profound effect on this former Presbyterian minister.

February 13, 2013

Habemus Ex-Papam? Benedict Gives New Life to Old Precedent

‘The Holy Father is a realist,’ Cardinal Adam Maida explains about the Pope’s startling decision to step down.

February 12, 2013

Pope Benedict’s Prayerful Decision to Resign

Waning strength of mind and body led to his decision, which the papal spokesman said reflected ‘great courage.’

February 11, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI To Resign

December 20, 2012

'Humanae Vitae' Author Pope Paul VI Moves Toward Sainthood

Pope Benedict XVI said his predecessor had 'heroic virtue' on Dec. 20.

June 22, 2012

Prayer Vigil Held For Benedict XVI in St. Peter’s Square

March 14, 2012

Missouri Bishop Reflects on Visits With Benedict XVI and John Paul II

Bishop John Gaydos of Jefferson City, Mo., and other bishops from Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska are currently in Rome.

March 8, 2012

Dubuque's Bishop Hanus Reminds His Fellow Bishops to Imitate St. Peter

Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska and Kansas bishops are in Rome for their ad limina apostolurum (to the threshold of the apostles) visit.

October 5, 2011

Crusader Myths, Contraceptives Double Risk of AIDS, The Spaghetti Monster, and much more!

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September 27, 2011

Why the Papacy Endures, Conversion of a Lustful Satanist Magician, and much more!

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August 22, 2011

Back to School Saint Advice, The Power of Beauty, The New Addiction, and much more!

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July 6, 2011

East-West Catholic Dialogue in D.C.

Orientale Lumen conference tussles over the role of the papacy. Greek Orthodox bishop suggests a Ratzingerian solution.

June 9, 2011

How Useful Is This Argument Against Sedevacantism?