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Pope Francis’ Official Schedule

Pope Francis’ Official Schedule

Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images(VATICAN CITY) — Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who has taken the name of Pope Francis, became the new leader of the Catholic Church on Wednesday.Bergoglio, 76, is a Jesuit from Buenos Aires and is the first pop…

Hispanics Celebrate Argentinean Pope Francis

Hispanics Celebrate Argentinean Pope Francis

ALEJANDRO PAGNI/AFP/Getty Images(VATICAN CITY) — For Hispanics packed into St. Peter’s Square on Wednesday, there was one word to describe the feeling of seeing one of their own appear on the balcony as the next leader of the Catholic Church.&ld…

Black Smoke Emerges from Sistine Chapel After Second Papal Vote

Black Smoke Emerges from Sistine Chapel After Second Papal Vote

VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images(VATICAN CITY) — Black smoke emerging from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel Wednesday morning indicated that the 115 cardinal electors of the Roman Catholic Church failed to elect a pope in their second vote.The cardina…

‘Killer’ Military Dolphins Go AWOL for Love? Maybe Not

‘Killer’ Military Dolphins Go AWOL for Love? Maybe Not

U.S. Navy(NEW YORK) — Ukrainian officials are reportedly denying a Russian state news story that alleges three of its military-trained dolphins went AWOL during a training exercise in Crimea earlier this month.Russia’s RIA Novosti reported on Tu…

Italian Cardinal Could Have the Inside Track in Pope Sweepstakes

Italian Cardinal Could Have the Inside Track in Pope Sweepstakes

GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Is there a favorite to become the next pope?The Washington Post lists Italian Cardinal Angelo Scola as the leading candidate based on his popularity with conservative theologians and the fact that the 71-year…

Vatican Begins Papal Conclave with Mass, First Vote

Vatican Begins Papal Conclave with Mass, First Vote

GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images(VATICAN CITY) — A new pope could be elected Tuesday as the 115 Roman Catholic cardinals enter the Sistine Chapel for the conclave that will select the next pontiff.The first vote is set to take place Tuesday evening in R…

Chance of American Pope Are Slim to None

Chance of American Pope Are Slim to None

JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images(ROME) — The College of Cardinals begins it conclave on Tuesday at the Vatican to select the next pope and there’s been no shortage of rumors as to who might be selected as the new leader of the worldwide Roman Catholic…

Cardinals Prepare to Pick a New Pope

Cardinals Prepare to Pick a New Pope

Franco Origlia/Getty Images(ROME) — What would God do?  That’s the question many Roman Catholic Cardinals meeting in Rome are asking themselves as they prepare to select the next Pope.The Sistine Chapel at the Vatican is now closed to the p…

Cardinals Prepare to Pick a New Pope

Cardinals Prepare to Pick a New Pope

Franco Origlia/Getty Images(ROME) — What would God do?  That’s the question many Roman Catholic Cardinals meeting in Rome are asking themselves as they prepare to select the next Pope.The Sistine Chapel at the Vatican is now closed to the p…

Queen Elizabeth Takes Historic Stand Against Discrimination

Queen Elizabeth Takes Historic Stand Against Discrimination

Warrick Page/Getty Images(LONDON) — Queen Elizabeth II is set to make history later on Monday when she signs a new charter taking a stand against discrimination, which some have interpreted as tacit support of gay rights.The 86-year-old matriarch will…

Vatican Installs Chimney on Sistine Chapel Roof in Preparation for Conclave

Vatican Installs Chimney on Sistine Chapel Roof in Preparation for Conclave

Christopher Furlong/Getty Images(VATICAN CITY) — Vatican workers placed the chimney on the roof of the Sistine Chapel on Saturday morning. When the conclave starts on Tuesday, all eyes will be on this chimney, waiting to see if black or white smoke is…

Vatican Says Conclave Will Start Tuesday

Vatican Says Conclave Will Start Tuesday

Brand X Pictures/Thinkstock(ROME) — The Vatican has announced that the conclave to elect the next pope will begin on Tuesday.Catholic Cardinals from across the globe now gathered at the Vatican were waiting for the arrival of Vietnam’s cardinal Jean-B…

Britain to Provide Armored Vehicles to Syrian Rebels

Britain to Provide Armored Vehicles to Syrian Rebels

Scott Peterson/Getty Images(LONDON) — While stopping short of offering weapons, Britain has announced its intention to provide non-lethal support to the rebels battling government forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.The millions of dollars’ wor…

Papal Porta-Potties in the Sistine Chapel?

Papal Porta-Potties in the Sistine Chapel?

Franco Origlia/Getty Images(VATICAN CITY) — Among the more intriguing traditions of a papal election is the little stove installed in the Sistine Chapel to burn the ballots and send out the smoke signals about the results.But one mystery never really …

Vatican Preps Sistine Chapel for Conclave; No Date Set

Vatican Preps Sistine Chapel for Conclave; No Date Set

GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images(ROME) — As the Vatican prepares the Sistine Chapel for the start of the conclave, the cardinals gathering to discuss the papal election appear to be taking their time.“It is unlikely we will set a date today,&rdquo…

Bolshoi Ballet Dancer Confesses to Acid Attack

Bolshoi Ballet Dancer Confesses to Acid Attack

Sergei Filin leaves the hospital in Moscow, on Feb. 4, 2013. AFP/Getty Images(MOSCOW) — Three suspects, including a top ballet dancer, have reportedly confessed to carrying out a vicious sulfuric acid attack on Sergei Filin, the artistic director of t…

Supermodel Runs Half-Marathon, Walks Paris Fashion Show

Supermodel Runs Half-Marathon, Walks Paris Fashion Show

constancedecorde/WireImage(PARIS) — The term “supermodel” rings true for Natalia Vodianova, who ran a half-marathon for charity before resuming her day job as a runway model at Paris fashion week.The mother-of-three posted a note on her Fa…

Bolshoi’s ‘Ivan the Terrible’ Held in Acid Attack

Bolshoi’s ‘Ivan the Terrible’ Held in Acid Attack

Sergei Filin leaves the hospital in Moscow, on February 4, 2013. AFP/Getty Images(MOSCOW) — Police have reportedly detained three men, including a top dancer, for questioning in connection with the vicious sulfuric acid attack on Sergei Filin, the ar…

Queen Elizabeth Leaves Hospital in ‘Good Spirits’

Queen Elizabeth Leaves Hospital in ‘Good Spirits’

Warrick Page/Getty Images(LONDON) — Queen Elizabeth left a London hospital on Monday after a stomach infection forced her to check in Sunday and cancel or postpone a week’s worth of engagements.The queen, 86, experienced symptoms of gastroenteritis an…

Cardinals Prepare to Elect a New Pope

Cardinals Prepare to Elect a New Pope

GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images(VATICAN CITY) — Roman Catholic cardinals are scheduled to meet Monday in Rome to begin the process of selecting the next pontiff in the wake of the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI.The meeting will not be the official co…

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