Nation Mar 14

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A New Pope, and Maybe a New Era

Pope Francis in 2013, then the Argentine archbishop, during a mass for Ash Wednesday at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Photo by Juan Mabromata/ AFP/ Getty Images. The aging, French cardinal proto-deacon Jean-Louis Tauran stepped in front…

World Mar 13

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Viva Pope Francis: The First South American Pope

It took cardinals only two days to elect the new leader of the world's 1.1 billion Roman Catholics on Wednesday afternoon: Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the first pope from South America. He took the name Pope Francis.

World Mar 13

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Seven Cardinal Contenders for Pope

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…

Nation Mar 12

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Papal Succession in the Catholic Church

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…

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…

In a decision unprecedented in modern times, Pope Benedict XVI said Monday that he would resign effective Feb. 28, six weeks shy of his 86th birthday. He told cardinals at the Vatican that he lacks the strength to continue his…

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