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Electing a New Pope

Inside The Conclave: Extra Omnes To Habemus Papam

AP | RACHEL ZOLL | Posted 06.10.2013 | Religion

VATICAN CITY -- Three rounds of ballots had been cast with no winner, but it was becoming clear which way this conclave was headed. When the cardinal...

Fox News Coverage On Pope Not All That Fair And Balanced

Bethany Blankley | Posted 05.14.2013 | Religion
Bethany Blankley

Watching Fox News, one would think that the Roman Catholic view is the only Christian view in America. It isn't: 51.5 percent of Americans self identify as Protestants -- more than double the number of Catholics.

Pope Francis I's First Address

Posted 03.13.2013 | Religion

Pope Francis addressed the massive crowd in St. Peter's Square in Vatican City for the first time with his speech `'Urbi et Orbi." AP Reports the t...

Meet The New Pope

Posted 06.10.2013 | Religion

Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina has been elected as the new pope of the Catholic Church, taking the name Francis. The Associated Press ...

Curiosity About Papal Elections, 500 Years Earlier

Brett Foster | Posted 05.13.2013 | Religion
Brett Foster

If you don't like the fellow whom the cardinals elect, then there are always other elections to look forward to. It seems a safe bet that our fascination with the practices and outcome of that future election will be just keen then as it is now -- just as it was 500 years ago.

What Makes Papal Conclave Smoke Black Or White?

AP | Posted 06.10.2013 | Religion

VATICAN CITY -- The Vatican is revealing what the smoke signals emerging from the Sistine Chapel chimney are made of, after the stir caused by how muc...

Dennis Rodman's Papal PR Stunt

AP | Posted 05.13.2013 | Religion

ROME -- After raising eyebrows by going to North Korea, former U.S. basketball star Dennis Rodman is continuing his bizarre global tour by visiting Ro...

The Pope Will Be Austrian Or Honduran

Marco Cáceres | Posted 05.12.2013 | Religion
Marco Cáceres

The choice will depend on whether the 117 Cardinals voting will lean more toward seriously reforming the Catholic Church -- notably as it relates to the continuing problem of pedophilia and lack of transparency -- or roughly keeping to the status quo.

Picking The Pope: Holy Spirit Or 'Groupthink'?

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 03.07.2013 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) In Catholic theology, as in the popular imagination, the closed-door conclave to elect a new pope is supposed to be guided by the H...

Latest From Rome

HuffPost Italy | Giulia Belardelli | Posted 03.06.2013 | Religion

“There is still no date set for the conclave,” stated father Federico Lombardi, director of the press room for the Holy See, even before journalis...

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.

Honduran Papal Candidate Presents Complex Figure

AP | ALBERTO ARCE | Posted 03.04.2013 | Religion

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras -- To many, Honduran Cardinal Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga embodies the activist wing of the Roman Catholic Church as an outspoken...

FAQ: Electing a New Pope

Will Durst | Posted 05.01.2013 | Comedy
Will Durst

Q. Can you please explain what the heck is going on in Rome? A. Well, Pope Benedict XVI retired and now Catholic Cardinals from around the world are congregating to elect a new one.

Stifling Or Releasing The Spirit?

Dr. Megan McKenna | Posted 04.22.2013 | Religion
Dr. Megan McKenna

The structures of the Church at the Vatican levels are a tight knit and closed system, especially so when it comes to the transfer of power from one pope to the next. However, the process is not based on anything in the founding years of the Church.