The successor of John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI was elected leader of the Roman Catholic Church April 19, 2005. Read news articles on the early days of his papacy, reflections on his impact on the Church and the text of his first encyclical, Deus Caritas Est. Also, send a Pope Benedict e-card.

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Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict XVI's first visit to the United States (April 15-20) as head of the Catholic Church features a diverse series of encounters with government leaders, interreligious and ecumenical representatives, the academic world and the Catholic faithful.
Pope Benedict's new encyclical, Saved in Hope covers biblical foundations for Christian hope, the true nature of Christian hope and three “settings” for learning hope: prayer, action and our ultimate encounter with God’s judgment.
Pope Benedict XVI's upcoming encyclical is titled Charity in Truth and covers a wide range of issues related to globalization and social justice, said an Italian report.
At a Mass marking his 80th birthday, Pope Benedict XVI thanked the church for surrounding him with affection "like a true family" and for supporting him with prayers.
Read an extensive profile and biography of Pope Benedict XVI’s emerging papacy from St. Anthony Messenger magazine. Those who thought they knew Cardinal Jospeh Ratzinger very well are seeing new sides of him since his election as pope.
Catholics must believe in the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, celebrate the liturgy with devotion and live in a way that demonstrates their faith, Pope Benedict XVI said in his apostolic exhortation, Sacramentum Caritatis ("The Sacrament of Charity").
English translation of Pope Benedict XVI’s first encyclical Deus Caritas Est (“God Is Love”) on Christian love, in particular on human love and Godís love.
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