A Nov. 22 interview included the latest defense by the Holy Father of his predecessor.
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Father Federico Lombardi said the pope emeritus anticipates ‘the definitive encounter’ with God.
NEWS ANALYSIS: The Holy Father said if he stepped down, he would hear confessions and dedicate himself to the poor.
“Admittedly — it had not been Easter Sunday, but only Holy Saturday. But the longer I think about it, the more it seems to me to be in keeping with the essence of our human life."
COMMENTARY: The measured response from the pope emeritus to the attacks on his character makes for effective spiritual reading.
‘Even if, given my age and state of health, it is no longer possible for me to visit you in person, I am your guest with my heart,’ he wrote.
The German journalist discusses Benedict XVI: The Biography
COMMENTARY: In his letter to the Polish bishops for the centennial of the birth of Pope St. John Paul II, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI makes the case for ‘the Great’ as a recognition of the late Holy Father’s impact on history.
Pope Francis offered Mass in the morning for Father Benedict and sent him a greeting afterward, the Vatican said.