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There Should Never Be Two Popes

Jon M. Sweeney | Posted 11.02.2016 | Religion
Jon M. Sweeney

German journalist Peter Seewald does the reader both a favor and a disservice with his generous introduction to the new volume, Last Testament: In His...

Alissa Scheller

Catholic Leadership Is More Diverse Than Ever | Alissa Scheller | Posted 02.17.2015 | Religion

The College of Cardinals has grown more and more diverse over the past century, mirroring the regional demographic shifts of the global Catholic popul...

It's A Big Week For Pope Francis At The Vatican

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 02.09.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis on Monday (Feb. 9) began what could be a key week for his reformist papacy, starting with meetings with his hand-picke...

Alissa Scheller

Radical Change In Catholic Church Over The Last 100 Years | Alissa Scheller | Posted 02.24.2014 | Religion

Pope Francis appointed 19 new cardinals this weekend, most from the developing world, marking a shift in the hierarchy of the Catholic church. For muc...

The Conclave

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 05.12.2013 | Home
Joe Peyronnin

As Roman Catholic cardinals gather in the magnificent Sistine Chapel to select a new pope, their conclave is at a critical crossroads. Will the cardinals vote for a pope who can re-energize the faithful, and restore the trust that has been missing for millions of lapsed Catholics?

A New Pope Won't Save The Sinking Ship

Wayne Besen | Posted 05.07.2013 | Religion
Wayne Besen

Even if my dire assessment were completely off base, it would take nothing short of a miracle to avert failure for the next pope and a crisis of faith for believers.

'Fake Bishop' Crashes Secret Pope-Selection Meeting

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 03.05.2013 | Religion

As the Catholic Church's College of Cardinals meets to begin the process of selecting a new pope, a so-called "fake bishop" has been caught seeking ou...

Live-Tweeting the Papal Conclave: Why Not?

Sean Donahue | Posted 05.04.2013 | Religion
Sean Donahue

I have a better chance of playing for the Boston Bruins than following the inner workings of the papal conclave on Twitter. But it's not outside the realm of practical modern day thinking. Above all, it could be a game-changer at a time when the church badly needs one.

Vatican Approaches Conclave As Pool Of Pope Benedict XVI's Possible Successors Dwindle

Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 04.27.2013 | Religion
Jaweed Kaleem

This week, Pope Benedict XVI, the most powerful religious leader in the world, steps down from office. But questions about what comes next -- from the process of electing a new pope to who will succeed him -- remain unanswered. Meanwhile, the pool of electors and possible successors dwindles.

Bookmaker Releases Next Pope Odds

Agence France Presse | | Posted 04.13.2013 | Home

Francis Arinze of Nigeria, Peter Turkson of Ghana and Marc Ouellet of Canada were among the cardinals hotly tipped by bookmakers on Monday to take ove...

Colbert For Pope

James Heffernan | Posted 04.13.2013 | Religion
James Heffernan

No man of our time resembles Saint Stephen more than Stephen Colbert, a staunch Roman Catholic with a devoted following of young people deeply inspired by his eloquent advocacy of strictly conservative values and Christian faith.

The Men Who Ruin The Pope

Jon M. Sweeney | Posted 01.13.2013 | Religion
Jon M. Sweeney

The modern era has seen a lot of good men come to the Vatican wanting to inspire the world toward more faith, more observance and more good works, as Christ's vicar on earth. What is it, then, that spoils their good intentions?

Jaweed Kaleem

Pope Gives America's Top Catholic A Huge Promotion | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 02.18.2012 | Religion

Archbishop Timothy Dolan, the head of the 2.6-million member Archdiocese of New York, was elevated to the prestigious College of Cardinals in an elabo...

Jaweed Kaleem

Nation's Top Catholic Readies For Major Address To Pope Benedict XVI | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 02.17.2012 | Religion

Archbishop Timothy Dolan, the leader of New York City's 2.6 million Roman Catholics and president of the influential U.S. Conference of Catholic Bisho...

Jaweed Kaleem

Pope To Give New York's Archbishop A Very Big Promotion | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 01.06.2012 | Religion

NEW YORK -- Pope Benedict XVI has announced he will name New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan to the College of Cardinals, giving one of America's most p...