| Jul 26, 2013
| 3:50 PM
RIO DE JANEIRO — In a rare moment shielded from the world’s eyes, Pope Francis on Friday privately counseled young prisoners from several Rio de Janeiro jails, who in turn used the visit to draw attention to one of the most notorious massacres...
| May 2, 2013
| 8:56 AM
ROME -- The Vatican became the home of two living popes Thursday when former pontiff Benedict XVI took up residence in a house in the city-state’s garden.
The unprecedented cohabitation with his successor, Pope Francis, began when Benedict arrived...
| Feb 12, 2013
| 6:42 PM
Why is Pope Benedict XVI quitting? And who might replace him?
Those are two of the questions we put to John Thavis, who spent more than three decades covering the Vatican for the Catholic News Service. He peels back the veil of the Vatican in his book...
| Jul 22, 2013
| 1:07 PM
So, was that one small carry-on for a pope, one giant leap for Roman Catholics?
Heading off Monday for his first overseas trip, Pope Francis demonstrated the common touch we heard so much about when he was elected pontiff: He waited in line to board,...
| Feb 20, 2013
ROME -- A senior Vatican official called Cardinal Roger Mahony's participation in the selection of the next pope "troubling," but said there was no formal procedure to stop the retired Los Angeles archbishop from attending the conclave next month.
| Feb 16, 2013
| 5:00 AM
In 1993, Cardinal Roger Mahony wrote to the Vatican with an urgent problem. One of his priests in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles had been accused of plying teenage boys with alcohol and molesting them, sometimes during prayer.
In less than eight years,...
| May 14, 2013
| 10:11 AM
VATICAN CITY -- Centuries after it helped kick-start Western art, the Vatican is seeking to break back into the art world with its first-ever pavilion at the prestigious Venice Biennale. The display includes a very modern mix of photography and...
| Sep 21, 2013
| 8:00 AM
A day after Pope Francis bluntly said the Roman Catholic Church must place its teachings on abortion, contraception and homosexuality into a broader context, Chicago's Cardinal Francis George issued a brief statement that some interpreted as his way of...
| Feb 11, 2013
| 4:32 PM
Religion News Service's Kevin Eckstrom has reaction to the surprise announcement by Pope Benedict XVI on Monday that he is resigning at the end of the month due to health reasons. Benedict is the first Pope in 600 years to voluntarily step down: “...
| Sep 20, 2013
| 11:56 AM
ROME -- After expressing frustration with the Roman Catholic Church’s focus on hot-button doctrinal issues, Pope Francis launched a stinging attack on abortion Friday, calling it the product of a “throwaway culture.”
| Feb 11, 2013
| 4:42 PM
Pope Benedict XVI's decision to resign stunned the world Monday morning. The shock was reflected on morning programs. Father John Wauck from Rome told ABC's “Good Morning America” that the pope's decision was “a great surprise for the...
| Feb 12, 2013
| 4:33 PM
Since the tradition, at least for the past 600 years, is for Roman Catholic popes to work 'til they die, Pope Benedict's decision to retire at 85 raises the question: Where do popes go when they retire? Alessandro Speciale of Religion News Service has the...