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New Pope Faces Old Accusations in Argentina’s Dirty War

New Pope Faces Old Accusations in Argentina’s Dirty WarPeter Macdiarmid/Getty Images(BUENOS AIRES) -- Human rights activists say Pope Francis, formerly Father Jorge Mario Bergoglio, may have turned a blind eye to some atrocities, then later denied knowing about those atrocities despite his own testimony to...

Pope Francis’ Official Schedule

Pope Francis’ Official SchedulePeter 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...

Black Smoke Emerges from Sistine Chapel After Second Papal Vote

Black Smoke Emerges from Sistine Chapel After Second Papal VoteVINCENZO 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...

Italian Cardinal Could Have the Inside Track in Pope Sweepstakes

Italian Cardinal Could Have the Inside Track in Pope SweepstakesGABRIEL 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 VoteGABRIEL 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 NoneJOHANNES 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...

Vatican Installs Chimney on Sistine Chapel Roof in Preparation for Conclave

Vatican Installs Chimney on Sistine Chapel Roof in Preparation for ConclaveChristopher 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 TuesdayBrand 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...

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 ...

Colombian Tailor Chosen to Make Garments for New Pope

Colombian Tailor Chosen to Make Garments for New PopeUnivision/ABC News(CALI, Colombia) -- Immediately after the world learned of Pope Benedict's resignation, a tailor in Colombia got a call from the Vatican to start working on garments for the new pope. That man is Luis Delgado, a 43-year-old tailor fro...

Pope Benedict XVI Memorabilia All for the Taking Before Resignation

Pope Benedict XVI Memorabilia All for the Taking Before ResignationTIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Interest in Pope Benedict XVI's last days as leader of the Catholic Church has heightened before his departure, offering a business opportunity in papal-related memorabilia.But Daniel Wade, editor of Paul Fras...

Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley: ‘No Ambitions’ to be Pope

Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley: ‘No Ambitions’ to be PopeDarren McCollester/Getty Images(BOSTON) -- Boston’s Cardinal Sean O’ Malley had a message for supporters who are excited to see his name mentioned as a possible candidate for the papacy.Writing in his personal blog, O’Malley says:&ldq...

Catholics Could Have New Pope by Palm Sunday

Catholics Could Have New Pope by Palm SundayL'Osservatore Romano Vatican Pool via Getty Images(ROME) -- The conclave to elect a new pope might begin sooner than expected, the Vatican said on Saturday, meaning Roman Catholics could have a new pontiff well before Easter.“This time and situat...

Two African Cardinals in the Running to Be Pope

Two African Cardinals in the Running to Be PopeBrand X Pictures/Thinkstock(ROME) -- After Pope Benedict XVI became the first pope in hundreds of years to voluntarily resign, the Roman Catholic Church could be in for another first in recent history -- an African pope.Two African cardinals are rumore...

Pope Benedict XVI Sends His First Tweet

Pope Benedict XVI Sends His First TweetCarlos Alvarez/Getty Images(VATICAN CITY) -- Pope Benedict XVI on Wednesday sent his first tweet since opening his Twitter account earlier this month.The post from his account, @Pontifex, read: "Dear friends, I am pleased to get in touch with you throu...

Pope Says Christian Calendar Based on Miscalculation

Pope Says Christian Calendar Based on MiscalculationCarlos Alvarez/Getty Images(VATICAN CITY) -- Jesus was born earlier than previously believed, meaning the Christian calendar based on the year of his birth is off by several years, the Pope argues in his new book.The book, Jesus of Nazareth: The Infanc...

Egypt’s Coptic Christians to Vote for New Pope

Egypt’s Coptic Christians to Vote for New PopeStockbyte/Thinkstock(DUBAI, United Arab Emirates) -- Egypt's Coptic Christians on Monday will vote for a new Pope to succeed Pope Shenouda III, who passed away in March. It's a critical time for the ancient Christian community, which is nervous about t...

Pope’s Butler Told Court He Leaked Private Documents for the Good of the Church

Pope’s Butler Told Court He Leaked Private Documents for the Good of the ChurchL'Osservatore Romano Vatican Pool via Getty Images(VATICAN CITY) -- Pope Benedict's former butler took the stand at his own trial Tuesday to say that while he admits he took thousands of documents from the pope's private apartments and leaked them to t...

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