“The status of pope emeritus is not defined in canon law”

The cross : What are the rules governing the status of pope emeritus today? Valerio Gigliotti: It constitutes an absolute novelty, introduced by Pope Benedict XVI with its renunciation on February 11, 2013. The rules that frame it are not currently defined by canon law. Benedict XVI, at the time of his renunciation, defined his … Read more

how will the ceremony take place

A ceremony of about two hours celebrated in St. Peter’s Square. The Vatican released Tuesday, January 3, the details of the funeral celebration of Benedict XVIwhich will be chaired on Thursday 5 January by the pope francis. After three days of paying homage to the pope emeritus, including the body has been on display since … Read more

Pope Francis salutes the “beloved” Benedict XVI the day after his death

Pope Francis greeted Sunday morning the “beloved” Benedict XVI, his predecessor who died on Saturday at the age of 95 and whose funeral he will celebrate on Thursday. “Today we entrust the beloved Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI to the Most Holy Mother (the Virgin Mary) to accompany him from this world to God,” he said … Read more

When the shadow of Benedict XVI hovered over the pontificate of Pope Francis

It didn’t take long for the first theories to emerge. Benedict XVI had barely announced his resignation from office when, in 2013, the first challenges to the decision of the German pope emerged. According to these theses coming from traditionalist spheres, the decision of the former Cardinal Ratzinger could not be valid, and Francis, therefore, … Read more

The pope reschedules his visit to DR Congo and South Sudan for the start of 2023

Pope Francis will visit the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and South Sudan in early 2023, two African countries plagued by violence in which he had postponed his planned visit last summer for health reasons. The Argentine sovereign pontiff will travel to Kinshasa from January 31 to February 3, 2023, then to Juba from February … Read more