January 6, 2011
Signs apostolic letter announcing new laws to ensure financial transparency and the establishment of the Financial Information Authority.
January 9, 2011
Commemorates the first anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti, assuring them of his prayers and concern.
February 17, 2011
Meets with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in a private audience at the Vatican.
February 23, 2011
prays for the victims of the earthquake in New Zealand.
February 25, 2011
Meets with Lebanese President Michel Suleiman in a private audience at the Vatican.
March 10, 2011
presentation of his second book “Jesus of Nazareth: Holy Week – From the Entrance into Jerusalem to the Resurrection.”
March 11, 2011
Assures victims of the earthquake in Japan of his prayers.
May 1, 2011
Presides at the beatification Mass of Pope John Paul II in St. Peter’s Square.
May 13, 2011
Prays for the victims of the earthquake in Spain that killed nine people and left thousands homeless.
May 21, 2011
Speaks via satellite with the crew of the International Space Station and tells Cmdr. Mark Kelly that he hopes his wife’s health continues to improve. Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) was recuperating from brain surgery after an assassination attempt.
May 30, 2011
Addresses the first plenary meeting of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization in which he talks about the impact of secularization.
June 4-5, 2011
Apostolic journey to Croatia.
June 6, 2011
The Vatican announces that the first phase of the investigation into sexual abuse by clergy in Ireland has ended.
June 28, 2011
Announces the launching of the new web portal www.news.va expanding its presence on the internet.
June 29, 2011
Celebrates the 60th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood.
Among the 40 new metropolitan archbishops receiving the Pallium from Pope Benedict XVI is the new Archbishop of Los Angeles, José H. Gomez. It is the second time he has received the liturgical garment.
July 1, 2011
Pope Benedict XVI dedicates the month of July to pray for AIDS patients, particularly those in the poorest countries in the world.
July 8, 2011
Sends an official delegation to South Sudan to bring his message for peace and prosperity as it celebrates official independence.
August 18-21, 2011
Makes apostolic journey to Madrid for the 26th World Youth Day celebrations.
September 11, 2011
On the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Pope Benedict XVI praises Americans for their “resilience in moving forward” in a letter to Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, president of USCCB.
September 22-25, 2011
Apostolic Journey to Germany.
September 28, 2011
Promulgates the document, Quaerit Semper establishing a new office within the Tribunal of the Roman Rota that will oversee causes for nullity of priestly ordinations and dispensations from unconsummated marriages.
October 22, 2011
Appoints Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, as Relator General of the 13th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in Oct. 2012. The theme is “The New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith”
November 10, 2011
Meets with religious leaders from Israel and stresses the importance of mutual understanding. Includes Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Druze leaders.
November 18-20, 2011
Apostolic Journey to Benin, on the occasion of the signing and publication of the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation of the Second Special Assembly for Africa of the Synod of Bishops.
November 19, 2011
Signs the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation “Africae Munus” on the Church in Africa in service to reconciliation, justice and peace.
December 19, 2011
Authorizes the promulgation of decrees concerning miracles, martyrdom and the demonstrated heroic virtues for a group of causes for canonizations, including two Americans: Blessed Marianne Cope, (1838-1918) known for her work with lepers on the island of Molokai and blessed Kateri Tekakwitha (1656-1680)