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Cardinal George Pell at the annual Eucharistic procession at the Angelicum in Rome, May 13, 2021.

Cardinal George Pell turns 80, loses right to vote in papal conclave

Cardinal George Pell turned has turned 80 years old, losing his eligibility to vote in a future papal conclave. Read more

The College of Cardinals celebrates Mass March 12, 2013 before entering the Sistine Chapel for the papal conclave.

Cardinal Re elected new dean of the College of Cardinals

Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re has been elected the new dean of the College of Cardinals with Cardinal Leonardo Sandri as... Read more

Author, cardinals spar over reports of conclave campaigning

The 2013 papal conclave that elected Pope Francis is news again now that four cardinals have denied a new book’s... Read more

The Vatican's Sistine Chapel is prepared in advance of the conclave March 10, 2013.

Before Pope's election, conclave warned of Europe's waning faith

When Cardinal Prospero Grech delivered a meditation to the cardinal-electors at the beginning of the 2013 conclave, he emphasized the... Read more

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York.

Cardinal Dolan recalls conclave experience in new book

In a new e-book, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan offers his personal insight into a momentous time in the Church's recent... Read more

Pope Francis greets the young man who asked for advice on dealing with doubts at the June 7, 2013 meeting.

Pope gives children advice on facing doubts about faith

Setting aside his prepared text, Pope Francis tackled questions from children about having faith in times of doubt, his friends... Read more

St. Peter's Square.

Pope media frenzy shows Church's relevance, author notes

The unprecedented level of media devoted to the election of Pope Francis is a clear indicator of the importance of... Read more

Ambassador Jim Nicholson.

Former Vatican diplomat sees wisdom of Holy Spirit in Pope's election

Despite “seeming anomalies” in the election of Pope Francis, a former ambassador to the Vatican said that seeing the event... Read more

Cardinal Timothy Dolan speaks at the North American College on March 13, 2013.

Pope Francis to cardinals: 'I hope God forgives you'

The newly elected Pope Francis joked with cardinals over dinner telling them he hopes God forgives them for having chosen... Read more

Pope Francis.

Jesuit charism is to serve the Church, priest notes

A Jesuit priest expressed delight at the election of Pope Francis, who is a member of the Society of Jesus,... Read more

Knights of Columbus voice gratitude for Pope Francis

Prayers and best wishes are being sent from the Knights of Columbus to Pope Francis upon his election today, March... Read more

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop Jose Gomez.

American bishops overjoyed at election of Pope Francis

Bishops across America voiced joy and gratitude over Pope Francis accepting his election as Bishop of Rome and Vicar of... Read more

Pope Francis greets the pilgrims in St. Peter's Square and delivers his first Urbi et Orbi blessing.

New Pope lived simple life in Argentina

Pope Francis lives very simply, brings a pastoral approach to his ministry, and is a man of prayer, according to... Read more

Vatican press officer, Fr. Federico Lombardi.

Pope Francis to have busy schedule in coming days

The Vatican has announced Pope Francis' schedule for the coming days, which will begin with Mass on Thursday, March 14... Read more

Pope Francis greets the pilgrims in St. Peter's Square and delivers his first Urbi et Orbi blessing.

Pope Francis: cardinals went to end of world to find me

Pope Francis began his first words to the Church by saying that the cardinals “went to the end of the... Read more

Pope Francis.

Archbishops Aquila, Chaput welcome Pope Francis

American archbishops Samuel J. Aquila and Charles J. Chaput voiced gratitude to Jorge Mario Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, for accepting... Read more

Pope Francis.

Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio elected as Pope Francis

Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires has become the next Pope of the Catholic Church, taking the name Francis.  Read more

White smoke from Vatican chimney, new Pope to be announced

White smoke billowing from the Sistine Chapel’s chimney on March 13 indicated that the College of Cardinals had chosen a... Read more

The third vote results in black smoke on the morning of March 13, 2013.

Healthier cardinals means earlier smoke signals

The smoke signals that indicate whether or not a new Pope has been chosen might be earlier than in the... Read more

The cardinals enter the Sistine Chapel for the papal conclave to elect a new pope on the morning of March 12, 2013.

Three cardinals entered conclave with strong candidacies

Last night black smoke poured out of the Sistine Chapel smoke stack, leaving no doubt that a single cardinal was... Read more