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Benedict XVI: ‘God Told Me’ to Resign
Originally Posted: 08/21/2013 - 3:25pm | Type: Blog

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI resigned from the papacy because “God told me” to, according to a report by a Catholic news agency. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI resigned from the papa ...

Benedict and Francis: How Much Difference is There?
Originally Posted: 06/19/2013 - 4:57pm | Type: Blog

As a millennia-old institution, the Vatican is accustomed to change at a glacial pace. But in the eyes of many outside the church — and even of some within it — the arrival of Pope Francis on the throne of St. ...

5 Things We've Learned From Pope Francis' First 100 Days
Originally Posted: 06/14/2013 - 11:36am | Type: Blog

When Pope Benedict XVI shocked the world in February in becoming the first pope to resign in 600 years, he left behind a Roman Catholic Church weakened by scandals, beset by infighting and suffering from a gen ...

When the New Pope Meets the Old Pope: Awkward?
Originally Posted: 03/22/2013 - 4:59pm | Type: Blog

Now that the cardinals have elected and installed their new boss, Pope Francis can get to work being the Roman Catholic pontiff, with his next order of business doing something no other pope has done in centur ...

The Story Behind Pope Francis’ Election
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 2:20pm | Type: Blog

Last Sunday night, the Rev. Thomas Rosica was walking through the Piazza Navona in Rome’s historic center when he bumped into Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, who he has known for years. Bergoglio was walking alone, ...

Pink Smoke Over the Vatican: Prayers to ‘Shatter the Stained-Glass Ceiling’ of Leadership
Originally Posted: 03/13/2013 - 9:18pm | Type: Blog

As cardinals in the Vatican wrapped up the first day of the conclave with no decision on the next pope, a small crowd assembled on the steps of the Cathedral of St Matthew the Apostle here in Washington, D.C., ...

Vatican Makes Final Preparations for Papal Conclave
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 2:57pm | Type: Blog

As the Vatican prepares for the opening of the conclave today to elect a new pope, officials announced that the personal secretary of former Pope Benedict XVI will return to Rome for the first time since Bened ...

Sistine Chapel Plays a Key Role in Electing a New Pope
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 3:01pm | Type: Blog

As if the task of choosing the Vicar of Christ and the leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics wasn’t daunting enough, the voting must also take place under the gaze of Michelangelo’s brilliant but imposin ...

Picking the Pope: Holy Spirit or ‘Groupthink’?
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 3:03pm | Type: Blog

In Catholic theology, as in the popular imagination, the closed-door conclave to elect a new pope is supposed to be guided by the Holy Spirit. In Catholic theology, as in the po ...

Cardinals Move to Plug Leaks Ahead of Papal Conclave
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 4:11pm | Type: Blog

Tensions among the Roman Catholic cardinals meeting here to choose a new pope appeared to escalate on Wednesday as the American prelates in Rome canceled their daily press briefing under pressure from colleagu ...

Scottish Cardinal Keith O’Brien Admits to Sexual Misconduct
Originally Posted: 03/05/2013 - 2:37pm | Type: Blog

Days after pulling out of the conclave to elect the next pope and vowing to fight the charges against him, disgraced Scottish Cardinal Keith O’Brien admitted Sunday to inappropriate “sexual conduct.” ...

Cardinals Hold First Meeting But Don’t Set Date For Conclave
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 3:18pm | Type: Blog

Roman Catholic cardinals on Monday met for the first of a series of closed-door meetings in the run-up to the conclave that will elect the successor to former Pope Benedict XVI. R ...

Pope Benedict Defends Choice to Resign in Last Public Address
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 3:32pm | Type: Blog

In his final public address, Pope Benedict XVI on Wednesday forcefully defended his decision to resign while trying to reassure Catholics still reeling from the shock of his unprecedented move. ...

What Pope Benedict XVI Shares With His Notorious Namesake
Originally Posted: 02/27/2013 - 12:30pm | Type: Blog

You won’t find many Catholic churches named after Pope Benedict IX. You won’t find many Catholic churches named after Pope Benedict IX. Benedict IX squandered the papacy’s ...

Benedict Will Be ‘Pope Emeritus’ After Resignation
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 3:32pm | Type: Blog

Pope Benedict XVI will be known as “Pope Emeritus” after his retirement on Feb. 28, and will continue to wear white vestments, the Vatican announced on Tuesday. VATICAN CITY — P ...