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  • "Habemus Papam" - We Have A Pope

    March 13, 2013 1:41 PM

    VATICAN CITY - White smoke poured from the chimney atop the Sistine Chapel and bells at the Vatican and at churches all over the world rang, signaling the College of Cardinals elected a new pope to lead the world's 1.2 billion Catholics. The new pope is expected to appear... more »
  • The Next Pope: No smoke, but a seagull instead

    March 13, 2013 12:41 PM

    VATICAN CITY - With no pope, a sea gull is stealing the show at the papal conclave. Smoke watching has become bird watching in St. Peter's Square after a sea gull perched atop the chimney that belches out smoke from the Sistine Chapel to signal whether or not a pope... more »
  • The Next Pope: American priest a hit in Rome

    March 12, 2013 3:44 PM

    VATICAN CITY - Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley, who wears the humble brown robe of his Capuchin religious order, has emerged as an unlikely star amid the papal conclave in Rome. Vatican analysts for leading Italian newspapers have listed O'Malley as one of the favorite contenders for pope. The bearded, soft-spoken... more »
  • The Next Pope: Black smoke, no pope after first vote

    March 12, 2013 11:49 AM

    VATICAN CITY -Black smoke has poured from the Sistine Chapel chimney, signaling that cardinals have failed to elect a pope on their first try. The cardinals held the first day of the conclave Tuesday deeply divided over the problems of the church and who best among them could fix... more »
  • The Next Pope: Cardinals celebrate Mass before conclave

    March 12, 2013 8:08 AM

    VATICAN CITY - Cardinals at the Vatican have celebrated a final Mass before they sequester themselves in the Sistine Chapel to begin selecting a new pope. Cardinal Angelo Sodano, the dean of the College of Cardinals, delivered today's homily, calling for unity within the church. When he mentioned... more »
  • The Next Pope: Top contenders at Conclave

    March 11, 2013 5:53 PM

    VATICAN CITY -- Cardinals from around the world gather this week in a conclave to elect a new pope following the stunning resignation of Benedict XVI. In the secretive world of the Vatican, there is no way to know who is in the running, and history has yielded plenty of... more »
  • The Next Pope: Horse-trading before Conclave

    March 11, 2013 5:50 PM

    VATICAN CITY - The Vatican insists that the cardinals participating in the conclave that starts Tuesday will vote their conscience, each influenced only by silent prayers and reflection. Everybody knows, however, that power plays, vested interests and Machiavellian maneuvering are all part of the game, and that the horse-trading is... more »
  • The Next Pope: Modern twists to ancient rites

    March 11, 2013 5:34 PM

    VATICAN CITY - Ritual words, uttered in Latin, open and close the secret selection process of the new pope. It starts with "Extra omnes" - or "Everyone out" - expelling all but voting cardinals from the Sistine Chapel where conclave balloting takes place. It ends with "Accepto" - "I... more »
  • Cardinals end pre-conclave meetings

    March 11, 2013 12:45 PM

    VATICAN CITY (AP) - The cardinals who'll decide on a successor to Pope Benedict have wrapped up their pre-conclave discussions. Vatican Officials say they voted to end their deliberations even though some still wanted to speak. Spokesman The Reverend Thomas Rosica (roh-SEE'-kah) says most felt they had "enough information." The... more »
  • Cardinals set Tuesday as start date for conclave

    March 8, 2013 10:55 AM

    VATICAN CITY - Cardinals have set Tuesday as the start date for the conclave to elect the next pope. The Vatican press office said the decision was taken during a vote Friday afternoon of the College of Cardinals. Tuesday will begin with a Mass in the morning, followed by the... more »
  • Vietnam cardinal arrives, last 1 in for conclave

    March 7, 2013 3:44 PM

    VATICAN CITY - The last cardinal who will participate in the conclave to elect the next pope arrived in Rome on Thursday, meaning a date can now be set for the election. One U.S. cardinal said a decision on the start date is expected soon. Some American and other cardinals... more »
  • Vatican waiting on 5 cardinals for conclave

    March 5, 2013 7:38 AM

    VATICAN CITY - The Vatican is now waiting for five more cardinals to reach Rome before setting the date for the conclave to elect a new pope. The Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi said another handful of cardinals had arrived Monday night, bringing the number of voting-age cardinals up... more »
  • Pope addresses crowd at final public appearance

    February 27, 2013 8:21 AM

    VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict has made his public goodbye. He addressed tens of thousands of people in and around St. Peter's Square today, in his final general audience before stepping down tomorrow. The pope told the crowd he has had "moments of joy and light, but also moments... more »
  • Pope changes conclave rules, allows earlier start

    February 25, 2013 7:33 AM

    VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict has changed the rules of the conclave that will elect his successor, allowing cardinals to move up the start date if all of them arrive in Rome before the usual 15-day transition between pontificates. Benedict signed a legal document, issued today, with some line-by-line changes... more »

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