World Mar 18

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Watch Pope Francis’ Installation Mass at the Vatican

Pope Francis officially became the leader of the Roman Catholic Church on Tuesday in a ceremony at the Vatican, where he urged those with leadership responsibilities and all others to respect one another and protect "God's gifts" of creation.

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…

Mar 13

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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…

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…

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