The Vatican

Keeping up with Pope Francis and the Holy See

Pope Benedict to be called ‘pope emeritus’ or ‘Roman pontiff emeritus’

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service Vatican City — Pope Benedict XVI will continue to be known as Pope Benedict and addressed as “His Holiness,” but after his resignation, he will add the title “emeritus” in one of two acceptable forms, either “pope emeritus” or “Roman pontiff emeritus.” Jesuit Fr. Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, said…

Vatican blasts ‘deplorable’ secular press reports on papal transition

By Francis X. Rocca Catholic News Service Vatican City — Vatican officials released a pair of unusual statements Feb. 23 condemning some press coverage of the papal transition. A communique from the Secretariat of State called “deplorable” the “widespread distribution of often unverified, unverifiable or completely false news stories” intended to exert “pressures on the…

‘Bishop emeritus of Rome’? Questions pour in regarding Benedict’s future status

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service Vatican City — The current staff of the papal apartments, including Archbishop Georg Ganswein, will accompany Pope Benedict XVI to Castel Gandolfo when he leaves office Feb. 28, the Vatican spokesman said. Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, also repeated his assertion that the conclave to elect a new…