January 17, 2010
Visits Rome's main synagogue for the first time as pope.
January 25, 2010
Participates in the annual prayer service for Christian unity at the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls with Leaders of Orthodox, Anglican and Protestant communities in Rome.
February 15-16, 2010
Meets with 24 bishops of Ireland on the local church's handling of priestly sex abuse cases and the wounds left by the scandal. The pope calls sexual abuse of children a “heinous crime” and a “sin”, and urges Irish bishops to act courageously to repair their failures to deal properly with such cases.
March 3, 2010
Vatican announces Pope Benedict will travel November 6-7 to Spain. (Barcelona and Santiago de Compostela).
March 12, 2010
Meets with Archbishop Robert Zollitsch of Freiburg, head of the German bishops' conference, on sexual abuse scandals in Catholic schools in Germany and encourages him to move ahead "with decision and courage" in investigating old cases and preventing new ones.
March 20, 2010
In Letter to Irish Catholics apologizes to victims of sexual abuse by priests, promises new actions to heal the wounds of the scandal. Says bishops had made serious mistakes in responding to allegations of sexual abuse, and he encouraged them to implement new church norms against abuse and cooperate with civil authorities.
March 22, 2010
Earmarks Holy Thursday, April 1, collection at St. John Lateran, the Diocese of Rome’s cathedral, for rebuilding Haiti's major seminary in Port-au-Prince.
April 17-18, 2010
Apostolic Journey to Malta.
May 11-14, 2010
Apostolic Journey to Portugal (Lisbon, Fatima and Porto) Presides over the annual ceremonies May 13 in Fatima.
June 4-6, 2010
Apostolic visit to Cyprus. Delivers the instrumentum laboris (working document) for the Special Assembly for the Middle East of the Synod of Bishops.
June 11, 2010
Meets with Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero at the Vatican. Both leaders talk about Spanish legislation on religious liberty, pro-life issues and education.
Pope Benedict XVI and 15,000 priest-concelebrants close the Year for Priests with a mass for the feast of the Sacred Heart.
June 29, 2010
Three new U.S. archbishops¬¬—Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami, Florida; Archbishop Jerome Listecki of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and Archbishop Dennis Schurr of Cincinnati, Ohio— receive the woolen pallium from Pope Benedict XVI during a special Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica. In total, 38 archbishops from 26 countries received the woolen pallium which symbolizes authority and a special bond between the bishops and the Roman Pontiff.
July 19, 2010
Issues a new set of revisions to Church law to strengthen and streamline the process for handling cases of sexual abuse of minors by the clergy.
September 2, 2010
Receives in audience President of Israel, Shimon Peres, at the papal summer residence in Castel Gandolfo. They discuss negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians and dialogue to promote peace in the region.
September 16-19, 2010
Apostolic Journey to the United Kingdom, on the occasion of the Beatification of Cardinal John Henry Newman. Over 70,000 people attended the beatification Mass. This is the first official state visit by a pope to the United Kingdom, since 1982. The Pope meets with Queen Elizabeth II, Prime Minister David Cameron and other government leaders.
September 21, 2010
Issues Apostolic Letter Motu Proprio Ubicumque et semper establishing the Pontifical Council for promoting the New Evangelization.
September 30, 2010
Releases his Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Verbum Domini on the Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church.
October 7, 2010
Pope Benedict XVI receives a flag signed by the 33 Chilean miners trapped 2,300 feet below ground. The miners were discovered alive 17 days after being trapped August 5 2010.
October 7, 2010
Sends a message to the members of the World Union of Catholic Women’s Organization meeting in Jerusalem. Pope Benedict XVI expresses the Church’s gratitude for the many blessings bestowed on the faithful through the witness of Catholic women around the world.
October 8, 2010
Receives in private audience the president of France, Nicolas Sarkozy, to confirm constructive collaboration with the Catholic Church.
October 12, 2010
Vatican announces that Pope Benedict XVI has officially created the newest dicastery of the Roman Curia, the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization. “Ubicumque et Semper” (“Everywhere and always”) was promulgated as a motu propio by which the new Vatican office was established. The September 21 document officially decreed the existence of the council.
October 17, 2010
Celebrates Mass in St. Peter’s Square for the canonization of six newly recognized saints. Canada’s first male native-born saint, Brother André Bessette, Australia’s first saint, Mary McKillop, Battista Camilla Varano, Cándida Maria de Jesús, Stanislaw Kazmierczyk Soltys, and Giulia Salzano.
October 18, 2010
Meets with the president of Poland, Bronislaw Komorowski, in honor of the 32nd anniversary of Pope John Paul II’s election to the papacy. They spoke about the importance of dialogue between the Church and state.
October 18, 2010
Vatican releases a letter written by Pope Benedict XVI to seminarians addressing the vocation of the priesthood as a vital service in the modern world, and not just a thing of the past.
November 6-7, 2010
Apostolic journey to Santiago de Compostela and Barcelona, Spain.
Visits the Cathedral and the tomb of the Apostle James the Greater. He also meets with the king and queen of Spain, Juan Carlos I and Sophia.
November 11, 2010
Releases his second post-synodal apostolic exhortation, “Verbum Domini,” in which he offers seven practical proposals for promoting lay participation in the liturgy of the Mass.
November 20, 2010
Two new U.S. cardinals— Archbishop Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C, and Archbishop Raymond Burke, former archbishop of St. Louis.— are among the 24 new members appointed to the College of Cardinals. Archbishop Burke is prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura in Rome.
December 1, 2010
Sends a message to the Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch, Bartholomew I, on the occasion of the feast of St. Andrew, patron saint of that patriarchate.
December 12, 2010
Greets about 2,000 children gathered in St. Peter’s Square, who brought with them statues of Baby Jesus, that were blessed by the Pope. The event is a tradition for the third Sunday of Advent.
December 12, 2010
Vatican responds to the Wikileaks publication of several confidential and secret communications of the U.S. State Department. The Vatican Press Office urges the faithful to demonstrate prudence in the evaluation of those documents.
December 16, 2010
Releases his message for the 44th World Day of Peace. This year’s theme is “Religious Freedom, the Path to Peace.” The Holy Father noted that Christians represent the religious group that currently suffers the most from persecution.