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  • The second pope

    The wire services routinely refer to Benedict XVI, now the pope emeritus, as the first pontiff to abdicate in modern times. But few of the news stories go into the classic example of a papal abdication, and explain just who this earlier pope was, and...
  • Popes John Paul II, John XXIII to be canonized together in April

    LONDON – The pope who tried to modernize the Roman Catholic Church and the one who directed its moral force against godless communism will be officially declared saints next April, the Vatican announced Monday. John XXIII and John Paul II are to...
  • Pope Francis 'clarifies' on gays, but conservatives won't be happy

    Pope Francis 'clarifies' on gays, but conservatives won't be happy
    It's a familiar cycle: Pope Francis says something that seems to soften the Roman Catholic Church’s attitude toward hot-button issues; liberals (Catholic and otherwise) rejoice; conservative Catholics rush to remind gleeful Francisphiles that the...
  • Pope's words strike a chord in Chicago

     Pope's words strike a chord in Chicago
    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...
  • Cardinal responds to pope's message: 'We can all profit'

    Cardinal responds to pope's message: 'We can all profit'
    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...
  • Tinley Park man among 60 closer to priesthood after Mass celebrated by cardinals

    Tinley Park man among 60 closer to priesthood after Mass celebrated by cardinals
    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,...
  • Vatican becomes patron of arts again

    Vatican becomes patron of arts again
    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...
  • Vatican cleric, two others arrested for alleged corruption

    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...
  • Pope Francis faces high expectations in Brazil. Can he deliver?

    Pope Francis faces high expectations in Brazil. Can he deliver?
    MEXICO CITY -- The expectations surrounding the return of Pope Francis, the first pontiff to hail from the Americas, to his native region are enormous. There has long been a thirst in Latin America, especially after the erudite and aloof Benedict XVI...
  • Pope Francis counsels young prisoners in Brazil

    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...
  • Former Pope Benedict XVI moves back into Vatican

    Former Pope Benedict XVI moves back into Vatican
    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...
  • Italian monks stocked up conclave with Belgian-style beer

    Italian monks stocked up conclave with Belgian-style beer
    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,...