Benedict XVI

Benedict’s past statements mean his letter was inevitably of interest

Lyrical and creative, Spe Salvi is the work of a brilliant mind

The ‘Beer-nedict XVI’ wheat beer was unveiled at a conference in Ohio

The former Pontiff critiqued globalisation while showing how to reconcile unity with diversity

The former Pope’s personal secretary said the rumours were ‘false and wrong’

Anthony Hopkins is in talks to play Benedict XVI, according to reports

Critics say that a new path to canonisation lowers the bar, but it is less revolutionary than they think

Liturgical squabbles, doctrinal rows, vicious public spats: the Church is once again gripped by a 1970s-style factionalism

Cardinal Meisner was steadfastly loyal both to Church teaching and his close friend Benedict XVI

Officials and friends said that as the Holy Father he should carry on his mission until the end, his secretary has recalled