Rome -- Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI's memoirs, The Last Conversations, are due to be published Sept. 9.
A Roman Observer: Pope Benedict continues to receive praise for his courageous decision. But Pope Francis also deserves credit for the way this has played out.
Sympathizing with all the unknowns facing young people today, Pope Francis -- half joking -- said it is easier for a pope because he knows where his earthly life will end.
Pope Benedict XVI has rejected as “simply absurd” the speculation that he was forced to step down, and he said he still wears the distinctive white papal cassock for “purely practical reasons.”