Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation February 11, 2013, effective at the end of the month. He is the first pope to resign in more than 600 years. In this time of transition for the Catholic Church, we pray for our Holy Father and for the Holy Spirit’s guidance and inspiration in the selection of the next pope.
Pope Benedict XVI was elected on April 19, 2005, in a papal conclave.
Visit to the United States in 2008 (with FAQ about the pope)
Encyclicals and Other Writings (at Vatican Web site)