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Benedict’s resignation sparked calls for retirement protocol

By Nicole Winfield — December 31, 2022
VATICAN CITY (AP) — For a church that prides itself on unity and believes in the singular primacy of the pope, any confusion over who’s really in charge is not a small thing.

Highlights from the life of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

By The Associated Press — December 31, 2022
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Highlights from the life of the 95-year-old retired pope.

Pope Benedict XVI, elected a philosopher king, was at heart a German professor

By Thomas Reese — December 31, 2022
(RNS) — In 2005, the cardinals thought they were electing the smartest man in the room. They should instead have sought the man who would listen to all the other smart people in the church.

My encounters with Joseph Ratzinger — and Pope Benedict XVI

By Thomas Reese — December 31, 2022
Open discussion was suppressed by Ratzinger under the papacy of John Paul. If you did not agree with the Vatican, you were silenced.

Benedict, the ‘other pope,’ dies at 95, leaving behind a unique and complex legacy

By Claire Giangravé — December 31, 2022
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Benedict XVI, the first pope to resign in 600 years, paved the way into the new millennium, but struggled to reconcile his traditional Catholic views with a world that he considered to be ‘under the dictatorship of relativism.’

The most significant religion stories of 2022

By RNS staff — December 29, 2022
(RNS) — Faith communities and organizations were at the center of some of the year's most indelible moments.

The top 5 Vatican news stories of 2022

By Claire Giangravé — December 29, 2022
(RNS) — Amid wars and polarization, an aging Pope Francis continued to push forward his vision for the church.

Vatican: Benedict XVI lucid, stable, but condition ‘serious’

By Nicole Winfield — December 29, 2022
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The diocese of Rome scheduled a special Mass in honor of Benedict on Friday at St. John Lateran.

Reasons for despair — and hope — for traditional religious views’ place on campus

By Charles C. Camosy — December 28, 2022
(RNS) — Examples of toleration by secular orthodox institutions create room for optimism.

How does the Vatican plan a retired pope’s funeral?

By Nicole Winfield — December 28, 2022
(RNS) — When Benedict announced his retirement in 2013, he opened a decade of uncharted pontifical territory.

Remembering faith leaders who died in 2022: preachers, writers and interpreters of faith

By Adelle M. Banks — December 28, 2022
(RNS) — In this year we lost people who were known for their political office but for whom religion played roles expectedly and unexpectedly.

Retired Pope Benedict XVI is ‘very sick,’ Pope Francis says, and asks for prayers

By Claire Giangravé — December 28, 2022
(RNS) - The 95-year-old pope emeritus' health declined in the early hours of Wednesday, the Vatican said.

Frank Pavone, Leonard Feeney and the long story of Catholic fundamentalism

By Mark Silk — December 27, 2022
(RNS) — The defrocking of the anti-abortion crusader is the latest chapter in an old story.

In Haiti, a crisis of violence, chaos, and cholera goes largely ignored by outside world

By Bob Smietana — December 27, 2022
(RNS) — Charities do what they can to help the impoverished nation, but international action is needed to bring order and restore infrastructure, experts on the ground say.

Pope’s lament: Icy winds of war buffet humanity at Christmas

By Frances D'emilio — December 27, 2022
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis used his Christmas message Sunday to make an impassioned plea for an immediate end to the fighting in Ukraine, a 10-month-old conflict he decried as “senseless.”
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