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And So The Election For Pope Begins

Reuters | Posted 05.12.2013 | Religion

* First round of voting inconclusive * No favourite to lead world's 1.2 billion Catholics * Cardinals pray to Holy Spiri...

Giulia Belardelli

Black Smoke Expected On First Day As Conclave Commences To Choose Next Pope

HuffingtonPost.com | Giulia Belardelli | Posted 03.11.2013 | Religion

On the eve of the conclave, final preparations are taking place at a feverish pace. Monday afternoon the necessary staff and personnel will be sworn i...

Conclaves, Pheromones and the Pure Religion

Marie Woolf | Posted 05.11.2013 | Religion
Marie Woolf

A whole past of faith and of beauty emerges in front of our eyes thanks to watercolours brushed by a hand of an artist, responsible for love.

Andy Campbell

The DOs And DON'Ts Of Cardinal Fashion This Season (PHOTOS)

HuffingtonPost.com | Andy Campbell | Posted 03.12.2013 | Weird News

The Good Book teaches us judge not, lest ye be judged. But we're going to break that rule to pick apart the couture of 115 stylin' high-ranking Cathol...

A Catholic Spring?

Michael D'Antonio | Posted 05.11.2013 | Religion
Michael D'Antonio

Pope Benedict's resignation and the conclave that will convene to name his successor spark hope for a Catholic Spring that might bring the Vatican into the modern world.

The Conclave, the Cardinals, and the Child Sexual Abuse Crisis

Deborah Jacobs | Posted 05.11.2013 | Religion
Deborah Jacobs

No surprise, transparency has no place in the conclave; all participants must take a pledge of secrecy. Indeed, how can we even expect transparency when many of the cardinal electors stand accused of the very behavior they claim to deplore?

5 Rome Museums To Visit While The Sistine Chapel Is Closed

Erica Firpo | Posted 05.11.2013 | Travel
Erica Firpo

Even during the frenzy of a conclave Rome has more art than clergy.

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...

BLOCKED: Access To Clergy Sex Abuse Site Limited At Vatican

National Catholic Reporter | Joshua J. McElwee | Posted 03.08.2013 | Religion

ROME -- One of the domain names of a website that is the primary source of information on clergy sex abuse cases has been blocked on the Vatican's web...

Excommunicated Female Priest Detained For Vatican Protest

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 03.13.2013 | Religion

Excommunicated female priest Janice Sevre-Duszynska was reportedly detained by Italian police on Thursday for protesting at the Vatican. Sevre-Dus...

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: 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...

Breaking The Catholic Silence

Scott Janssen | Posted 05.06.2013 | Religion
Scott Janssen

Catholics are taught not to question Church authority, but how can a Catholic stay silent when its leadership advocates policy that counters basic human rights?

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...

PHOTOS: Unique 1950 Images Reveal Vatican's Secrets

Posted 03.05.2013 | World

As cardinals from around the world gather in Rome to begin choosing a new Pope following the surprise resignation of Benedict XVI last month, LIFE.com...

What If We Had An African Pope? African Students Respond

Michael Rossmann, SJ | Posted 05.04.2013 | Religion
Michael Rossmann, SJ

While it is possible to find black representations of Jesus, far more common in East Africa is the "surfer Jesus," with skin paler and hair blonder than probably anyone in the ancient Near East. I honestly expected this to be a source of frustration for my students.

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.

God's Not Brazilian But The Next Pope Should Be

R. Andrew Chesnut | Posted 05.04.2013 | Religion
R. Andrew Chesnut

As bitter a pill as it is for the Vatican to swallow, Europe is by and large lost territory, mostly to the forces of secularization. A continued myopic Eurocentrism on the part of the Vatican would only lead to further weakening of the global Church.

Conclave Considerations

Patricia McGuire | Posted 05.04.2013 | Religion
Patricia McGuire

A bad choice could set back the cause of the Church's renewal even more. A mediocre choice will only ensure that the Church continues to wallow in the current woes. A truly wise, visionary choice will lead the transformation of the Church to ensure its vitality for generations to come.

Cardinal O'Brien And The Vatican: Sex, Power And The Corruption Of The Closet

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

While many people are forced to be remain closeted in a still often homophobic society, the closet nonetheless should never be seen as a healthy place. It suffocates its occupants and, when combined with power, has them victimizing many others.

Vatican Admits To Possible Wiretaps Of Church Officials

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 03.01.2013 | Religion

In the wake of several high-profile and salacious scandals alleging corruption and sexual politics inside the Vatican, Rome was rocked again Thursday ...

If The Red Prada Shoe Fits: The Legacy Of Benedict XVI

Michele Somerville | Posted 05.01.2013 | Religion
Michele Somerville

I believe that if a man robs a bank, kills the teller, runs out the door and jumps into the getaway car, the driver is an accomplice to the murder. In the context of the Catholic sex abuse crisis, Ratzinger was behind the wheel of the getaway car for 30 years.

Pope Rope-a-Dope?

Philip David Morton | Posted 05.26.2015 | Comedy
Philip David Morton

The rope-a-dope, made famous by Muhammad Ali when he fought George Foreman, is a boxing strategy a fighter chooses that purposely puts him in a losing position.

With Election Of New Pope, Is It Time For Protestants To Rejoin Rome?

Brian C. Stiller | Posted 04.30.2013 | Religion
Brian C. Stiller

Might this be a moment when all sides of the Christian church lay aside their differences? More specifically as Protestants, has the Reformation passed its day?