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Smoke Signals: Secret Notes From Inside Conclave

Laurence Hughes | Posted 06.10.2013 | Comedy
Laurence Hughes

he abashed cardinal attributed his mischievous deed to "too many spaghetti Westerns." As penance, he is required to give up both spaghetti and Westerns.

Jaweed Kaleem

Will Pope Francis Uplift The Poor? | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 03.17.2013 | Religion

The day after his election, Pope Francis asked Argentine bishops to skip his formal installation on Tuesday and instead show "closeness" by doing "act...

The Ratings Are In!

Posted 03.15.2013 | Media

The ratings are in for Thursday's extensive coverage of the papal election. After news outlets reported that white smoke was (definitely) blowing f...

PHOTOS: Pope Francis Dominates Newspaper Front Pages

Posted 03.14.2013 | Media

All eyes were on the Vatican when Pope Francis was elected the new pope on Wednesday. There was wall-to-wall coverage of the pope as the world eag...

In Italy, the Catholic Church Proves More Intelligent Than Politicians

Gianni Del Vecchio | Posted 05.14.2013 | Religion
Gianni Del Vecchio

The Cardinals understood that they needed a pope who is close to the less fortunate, and far from the ostentation and intrigue of the palazzo. And that's who they've chosen.

Jaweed Kaleem

Latin American Catholics Get Boost From Latino Pope | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 03.15.2013 | Religion

As the first Latin American pope after more than 1,000 years of popes from Europe, Pope Francis' election on Wednesday means the leader of the world's...

Catherine New

Retailers Waste No Time Printing Pope Memorabilia | Catherine New | Posted 03.13.2013 | Small Business

The moment Pope Francis I stepped out onto the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican on Wednesday, vendors of all things papal went into over...

New Pope Accused Of Involvement In 1976 Kidnappings

Posted 03.14.2013 | World

The election of Pope Francis, previously Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, has resurfaced a decades-old controversy surrounding the kidnappings of two J...

Amanda L. Chan

New Pope Only Has One Lung | Amanda L. Chan | Posted 05.13.2013 | Healthy Living

Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who was elected to be Pope Francis Wednesday, March 13, only has one lung, according to news reports. The 76-year-old from ...

LOOK: World Leaders React To New Pope

Posted 03.13.2013 | World

Habemus Papam! Catholic leaders elected a new pope on Wednesday in one of the fastest conclaves in recent Church history. Argentine Cardinal Jorge ...

Imagine Catholics and LGBT Rights Complexly

Shawn Ahmed | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Shawn Ahmed

Today was probably the first -- and last -- time someone who is both Muslim and gay will be the one to bring Catholic priests news of a new Pope.

Jaweed Kaleem

NEW POPE! | 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...

Networks Initially Confused About New Pope

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson and Rebecca Shapiro | Posted 05.13.2013 | Media

The news on Wednesday that the Catholic Church had elected a new pope was treated with an unsurprising amount of excitement from the media. Thousan...


The Huffington Post | Jahnabi Barooah | Posted 03.14.2013 | Religion

White smoke appeared at the Sistine Chapel chimney on Wednesday afternoon indicating that a pope has been elected and has accepted the position. Accor...

LIVE VIDEO: Sistine Chapel Smoke Watch

The Huffington Post | Posted 03.13.2013 | Religion

As the 115 cardinal-electors of the Catholic Church are gathered in conclave, The Huffington Post is running a live stream of smoke appearances at the...