Pope Benedict decides to revert to tradition and not preside at beatifications at Catholic News Agency
On 4 May, it was announced that the Holy Father would not preside over the beatification ceremonies. The task would revert back to the cardinals, whose province it had been up until 40 or so years ago. The upcoming beatification of American Mother Marianne Cope on 15 May will be presided over by the Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.
The stated aim of this move is to make the Church less Pope-centric. Personally, I don't think that's the case. The Papacy is by its very nature the center of the Church. I rather see this as simply a move to return to the traditional ways of the Church, another reminder of Benedict XVI's appreciation of history.