• 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

  • February 28, 2013  

    Officially in retirement, Benedict XVI leaves a papacy flagged with controversies and crises. To discuss what role the emeritus pontiff will now play in the Catholic Church and what’s ahead for the papal conclave, Jeffrey Brown talks with John Allen, reporting from Rome for CNN and National Catholic Reporter. Continue reading

  • February 28, 2013  

    As Pope Benedict XVI said a public farewell and left the Vatican in a helicopter, he became the first pontiff in modern times to resign. James Mates of Independent Television News reports on the pope’s departure. Continue reading

  • February 27, 2013  

    In other news Wednesday, Pope Benedict XVI gave an emotional farewell the day before his formal retirement. Also, former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel was sworn in as the new defense secretary. Hagel addressed Pentagon employees about the automatic spending cuts slated to take effect Friday. Continue reading

  • February 26, 2013   BY Ray Suarez  

    Jane Holmes Dixon was the second woman bishop in the Episcopal Church and served as the Bishop of Washington pro tempore from 2001-2002. In honor of "Makers: Women Who Make America," Ray Suarez remembers a woman who inspired his family. Continue reading