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Papal Elections

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...

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...

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Campaigning For Pope Begins Behind Closed Doors

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 02.26.2013 | Religion

An Italian newspaper publishes a controversial report on an alleged secret network of gay priests in the Vatican. Campaigns start against two American...

Conclave: Prayer Meeting Or Political Rally?

Andreas Widmer | Posted 04.27.2013 | Religion
Andreas Widmer

The pope is chosen based on faith and reason. It's not a chess game. It's not about power. Pope is not a position that people aspire to the way they do President or CEO.

Pope Changes Conclave Rules, Allows Earlier Start

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD and GREGORY KATZ | Posted 04.27.2013 | Religion

VATICAN CITY — In a season of startling change for the Catholic Church, the latest break with tradition was as unexpected as it was a wake-up ca...

12 Pretty Good Reasons Why I Should Be Pope

Rev. James Martin, S.J. | Posted 04.23.2013 | Religion
Rev. James Martin, S.J.

Dear Cardinals: I know you've got a tough job coming up in the conclave. You have to do the impossible: elect a guy who is super holy, wicked smart, speaks about a dozen languages and can run an international conglomerate. So to make things easier, I'd like to suggest a candidate: Me.

Criticisms Of Cardinal Mahoney's Presence At Conclave Reach Vatican

Posted 02.19.2013 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) The controversy over Cardinal Roger Mahony's vote in the conclave that will elect a new pope has now reached the Vatican, with at l...

Meet The 11 Americans Who Will Help Choose The Next Pope

Religion News Service | Caleb Bell | Posted 02.19.2013 | Religion

There will be 11 Americans among the 118 Roman Catholic cardinals who will convene in the Sistine Chapel in mid-March to elect the next pope. They ran...