| Jul 20, 2013
| 11:05 AM
VATICAN CITY — He wades into crowds without hesitation, shaking hands and kissing babies. He cracks jokes and delivers unscripted remarks, to the occasional dismay of staffers scrambling to keep up.
Four months in office, Pope Francis is engaged...
| Mar 3, 2013
| 3:06 AM
My wife and I visited Vatican City, the Vatican Museum and St Peter's Basilica last July when we were in Rome, so now I have a personal connection to the church. The Catholic Church is in a crisis that rivals the time when Pope Paul VI died in 1978 and...
| Mar 25, 2013
| 11:17 AM
ROME - "SILENZIO!" says the sign just past the massive bronze doors marking the entrance to St. Mary and the Martyrs Catholic Church in Rome, one of the two or three most important churches in Christian history. The sign reminds all that this is a house...
| Dec 12, 2012
| 6:30 AM
What do you get for the holy man who has everything? If he's Pope Benedict XVI, you get him a new Mercedes-Benz Popemobile.
Based on the company's midsize M-Class SUV, the new diamond-white Popemobile replaces an older Mercedes model that had served...
| Sep 19, 2013
| 8:11 PM
Chris Pett said the Roman Catholic Church became a safer place for gay people like him Thursday after Pope Francis warned that church leaders have become too focused on issues such as homosexuality and abortion at the expense of the church's broader...
| Feb 15, 2013
| 5:19 PM
A political conservative turned liberal, lifelong Roman Catholic and world-class curmudgeon, Garry Wills has called President Barack Obama a disappointment and Pope Benedict XVI irrelevant — and that was before the pontiff announced his resignation....
| May 27, 2013
| 6:40 PM
Preparing for his return to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles after six months' treatment at a center for pedophile priests, Father Michael Wempe sat down to type out a list of concerns. Arrangements for his dog. Counseling and support groups for himself....
| Mar 3, 2013
| 2:15 PM
ROME -- Chicago's Cardinal Francis George celebrated mass with other American cardinals this morning elevating more than 60 seminarians to acolytes in the church, including a young man of Middle Eastern descent from Tinley Park.
Khalil Hattar, 25,...
| Mar 13, 2013
| 1:22 PM
On the day a group of cardinals convened to vote on a new pope following Benedict XVI's resignation, a monastery of Benedictine monks blogged about delivering cases of their housemade beer to the conclave.
They delivered the cases to the Vatican Monday,...
| Feb 26, 2013
As he prepared to rush to Rome ahead of a snowstorm at home, Chicago's Cardinal Francis George said Monday that the next pope should have insight about how the Vatican operates and the ability to lead a global church.
"You're talking about governance...
| Feb 12, 2013
| 7:33 AM
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| Jun 28, 2013
| 12:24 PM
ROME -- A senior accountant in the Vatican’s finance department, an Italian intelligence agent and a banker were arrested Friday on suspicion of trying to smuggle the equivalent of $26 million into Italy in a private jet as part of a tax-dodging...