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Pope Francis: A Year in the Life

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 05.07.2014 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

It has been a year since the white smoke poured forth from the chimney erected atop the Sistine Chapel signaling the election of Jorge Bergoglio as Pope Francis. Pope Francis, with his "Who am I to judge?" has opened the door.

My 2013 'McLaughlin Awards' [Part 2]

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.26.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Welcome back to our annual year-end awards column! Part one of this column ran last week, just in case you missed it. We've got a lot to cover, so let's jump right in with no further introduction.

An Advent Book Recommendation: For Love of Animals: Christian Ethics, Consistent Action

Bruce Friedrich | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Bruce Friedrich

Pope Francis chose to honor St. Francis of Assisi by his choice of name, but it has become clear that His Holiness didn't just want to pay homage to the humble saint; he wants the faithful to emulate him.

Benedict In The Background

The Associated Press | Victor L. Simpson | Posted 03.14.2013 | Religion

The pope leads alone. 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 Ch...

PHOTOS: Vatican City Reacts To New Pope

Posted 03.13.2013 | Religion

Catholic faithful react to the announcement of the new pope, Francis I, in St. Peter's Square in Vatican City: ...

Jaweed Kaleem

NEW POPE!

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 03.15.2013 | Religion

Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires has been elected the 266th pope of the Catholic Church, taking the name Pope Francis. He is the firs...

Anti-Mafia Police Raid Diocese Of Papal Frontrunner

HuffPost Live | Posted 03.12.2013 | Religion

Anti-mafia police on Tuesday raided the homes, offices and clinics in the diocese of papal frontrunner Angelo Scola. According to the Guardian, a stat...

Jaweed Kaleem

Vatican Releases New Details On Pope Election

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 03.11.2013 | Religion

Rumors about the ultra-secret voting for the next pope held at the Sistine Chapel next week have included stories about fierce competition between Ita...

Modern Ways, Traditional Message

AP | BRADLEY BROOKS | Posted 03.08.2013 | Religion

SAO PAULO -- Cardinal Odilo Scherer is known for prolific tweeting, appearances on Brazil's most popular late-night talk show and squeezing into the s...

Jaweed Kaleem

Vatican Announces Date For Pope Election

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 03.11.2013 | Religion

The Vatican announced Friday that the Catholic church's College of Cardinals will begin the closed-door papal conclave meetings to elect the new pope ...

Longest Papal 'Primaries' In Church History To Close Tonight

HuffPost Italy | Giulia Belardelli | Posted 03.08.2013 | Religion

UPDATE: The Vatican has announced that the Papal Conclave will begin on Tuesday, March 12. At 7 p.m. (CET) this evening, following the General Con...

Jaweed Kaleem

American Catholics: Church Is Out Of Touch

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 03.11.2013 | Religion

As Catholic cardinals gather at the Vatican to set priorities for the church and elect a new pope, a recent Quinnipiac University survey indicates tha...

Jaweed Kaleem

American Catholics: Sex Abuse Is Biggest Problem Facing Church

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 03.07.2013 | Religion

While the College of Cardinals meets to discuss the priorities of the Roman Catholic Church and select a new pope, a new survey shows that American Ca...

Will Cardinals 'Subscribe' To Notre Dame's Conclave Playlist?

Posted 03.05.2013 | Religion

While Cardinals aren’t sure of the precise date on which they’ll vote for the successor to Pope Benedict XVI, someone is at least working on the c...

Popes Out of Step With Their Times

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 04.30.2013 | Gay Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

I wonder how long it will take the Church to apologize for its longstanding marginalization and persecution of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and its ultimate sanction of our relationships and our gender expressions. I'm certainly not going to hold my breath

Vatican Reveals New Moniker For Pope Benedict

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 04.28.2013 | Religion

VATICAN CITY — Two pontiffs, both wearing white, both called "pope" and living a few yards from one another, with the same key aide serving them...

Benedict And Beyond: What’s In A Papal Name?

Thomas Worcester | Posted 04.27.2013 | Religion
Thomas Worcester

When the new pope is announced, attention to the name he chooses will give precious insight into the kinds of things he will seek to appropriate from the past, to emphasize in the present, and to prioritize for the future.

Papal Approval Rates And The New Pope's Election

Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 04.23.2013 | Religion
Jaweed Kaleem

A new poll shows Pope Benedict XVI is popular among American Catholics, but nothing like Pope John Paul II was. The confusion continues over an early (or not early?) papal conclave to elect a the new pope. This and more in the latest in pope news.

Jaweed Kaleem

Pope Considering Major Changes Before Retirement

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 02.20.2013 | Religion

In one of his last major moves before the end of his papacy, Pope Benedict XVI is considering changing the rules for the international meeting of card...

Pope Benedict XVI's Eco-Legacy

Posted 02.11.2013 | Green

From Earth Techling's Beth Buczynski: After just seven short years of service, Pope Benedict XVI shocked the world by announcing his resignation th...

Merkel Praises Benedict XVI Upon Resignation

AP | GEIR MOULSON | Posted 04.13.2013 | World

BERLIN — Many in Germany haven't always had an easy relationship with the conservative-minded Pope Benedict XVI, but most on Monday praised thei...

iPad Befuddles His Holiness

Reuters | Posted 02.11.2013 | Technology

(Recasts, adds background, second tweet) By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY, Dec 12 (Reuters) - After weeks of anticipation...

Pope Set To Meet Fidel

AP | ANNE-MARIE GARCIA and NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 05.28.2012 | World

HAVANA — Pope Benedict XVI demanded more freedom for the Catholic Church in communist-run Cuba and preached against "fanaticism" in an unusually...

Cuban Counterpoint: The Vatican Two-Step in Oriente, Cuba

Luis Perez-Simon | Posted 05.26.2012 | World
Luis Perez-Simon

Pope Benedict XVI can speak out against the U.S. embargo and against Marxist ideology, but the goings on at U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay are not on his agenda. Human rights, quite simply, are off the table.

Pope Arrives In Cuba

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD and ANDREA RODRIGUEZ | Posted 05.26.2012 | World

SANTIAGO, Cuba — Pope Benedict XVI arrived in Cuba on Monday in the footsteps of his more famous predecessor, gently pressing the island's longt...