Much has been said about Pope Francis being the first papal selection from the New World or the first to be selected from the ranks of the Jesuits, but most amazing to me is that he is the first to select the name of Francis.
Benedict XVI's decision to be the first pontiff to step down in 600 years raised a host of questions about his role in the
Waiting for St. Francis In 2005, for example, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger said he wanted to be named after St. Benedict, the
Catholic faithful react to the announcement of the new pope, Francis I, in St. Peter's Square in Vatican City:
After the Mass, the new pope customarily is driven around St. Peter's Square to greet groups of priests and laypeople from
Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina has been elected as the new pope of the Catholic Church, taking the name Francis
This is a developing story. Stay tuned for more. VATICAN CITY (AP) — Cardinals elected a new pope to lead the world's 1.2
With a puff of black smoke from the Sistine Chapel chimney on Wednesday morning in Rome, the Catholic Church's College of
Anti-mafia police on Tuesday raided the homes, offices and clinics in the diocese of papal frontrunner Angelo Scola. According
The 115 cardinal electors return to the frescoed Sistine Chapel, where they are scheduled to hold two votes in the morning
But the paper said Schoenborn had told his family before the conclave: "Don't get worked up. I certainly won't become pope
By Crispian Balmer and Philip Pullella In the past month, the only British cardinal elector recused himself from the conclave
If you're on Twitter, you may want to follow these accounts while watching. In our text, St. Paul teaches that each of us
Llovera got his diminutive nickname for a doctrinal toughness that resembled Ratzinger's, and is called "little" only because
The first round of voting, on the afternoon they enter the conclave, is like a primary ballot where votes are scattered across
When a pope is chosen and white smoke rises from the chapel, the bells of St. Peter's Basilica will ring, as they did in
"Those are the `big issues.' You may find that hard to believe, since the 'word on the street' is that all we talk about
Each cardinal swears an oath of secrecy on the Gospel when he enters the Sistine Chapel. No stranger to surveillance, Vatican