• March 13, 2013   BY Larisa Epatko  

    As the first three rounds of voting Tuesday and Wednesday failed to produce a pope, the 115-member conclave will keep trying Wednesday afternoon with renewed hopes of reaching consensus. There’s no clear frontrunner, but out of the cardinals who are eligible to become the 266th pontiff, certain ones are being discussed as possibilities. Continue reading

  • March 13, 2013  

    White smoke emanating from a Vatican chimney late Wednesday night signaled a new pope had been elected. Argentine Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio was selected as the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church, assuming the name Pope Francis. Gwen Ifill reports on the election and the celebration in Vatican City. Continue reading

  • March 13, 2013  

    The election of Pope Francis marked two firsts for the papal office: he is both the first South American and the first Jesuit pope. For more on the historic selection and what it reflects about the current state of the Catholic Church, Gwen Ifill talks with Michael Sean Winters of the National Catholic Reporter. Continue reading

  • March 13, 2013  

    Pope Francis is known as a humble man, invested in issues of poverty, who is socially progressive and doctrinally conservative. Ray Suarez talks to Chester Gillis of Georgetown University and Sister Simone Campbell of NETWORK, a social justice organization, about how the new pontiff will help shape the Catholic Church. Continue reading

  • March 12, 2013   BY Council on Foreign Relations  

    Pope Benedict XVI at his last meeting with cardinals at the Vatican on Feb. 28. Photo via Osservatore Romano/Reuters. By Robert McMahon, editor for the Council on Foreign Relations Introduction The February 2013 resignation of Pope Benedict XVI set in … Continue reading

  • March 12, 2013  

    In other news Tuesday, 115 Roman Catholic Cardinals convened a conclave to begin the papal election process. Their first first vote was inconclusive, but they will resume voting Wednesday. Also, a Colorado judge entered a not guilty plea for James Holmes, the man accused of last July’s mass shooting in a movie theater. Continue reading

  • March 8, 2013   BY Molly Finnegan  

    Museum mount maker Richard West stands next to St. Oran’s Cross — the world’s first Celtic cross dating to the 8th century — in his workshop in Selkirk, Scotland.
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  • March 6, 2013  

    A poll released Wednesday found that more than half of U.S. Catholics feel that the Vatican is out of touch with peoples’ needs, though most also said that their own parish is responsive. Ray Suarez talks with Scott Appleby of University of Notre Dame and James Towey of Ave Maria University about Catholicism at a crossroads. Continue reading

  • February 28, 2013   BY Larisa Epatko  

    Cardinals from all over the world are converging on Rome to elect a new leader of the Roman Catholic Church’s 1.1 billion followers. The College of Cardinals is expected to meet Monday to decide when the conclave will begin to choose a replacement for Pope Benedict XVI. He decided to step down Feb. 11 for health reasons. Continue reading

  • February 28, 2013   BY Larisa Epatko 

    After nearly eight years as head of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Benedict XVI told a gathering of cardinals in Rome that he would resign, citing poor health. Continue reading