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News reports of Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit with Pope Francis on Monday in Rome indicated the event was symbolic, but mending a centuries-old rift between the Roman Catholic and Russian Orthodox churches isn't likely to happen soon.
Pope Francis is set to canonize an estimated 800 Italians, who were forced to choose between Islam or death during a 15-century siege by Ottoman soldiers.
A standing-room-only crowd joined Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl, archbishop of Washington, in celebrating Easter Mass, where he explained how Pope Francis had the honor of leading the 2,000-year-old tradition for 1.2 billion Catholics around the world.
Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected by the Vatican's papal conclave last week after five rounds of voting. He took the name Pope Francis -- after St. Francis of Assisi, the revered Italian friar who founded the Franciscan Order -- and became the first Jesuit and first leader from the Americas of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics.
Several names have come up repeatedly as strong contenders to be the next pope.
As the Roman Catholic Church’s cardinals prepare to choose Benedict XVI’s successor as pope, two have emerged as favorites — Cardinal Angelo Scola of Milan and Cardinal Odilo Pedro Scherer of Sao Paolo, Brazil — according to Italian media.
The favorite guessing game in Rome these days is who will be the next pope. Few take it more seriously than the Gammarelli family, tailors to the Vatican for more than 200 years.
A Scottish cardinal Sunday admitted to engaging in sexual misconduct, one day before Roman Catholic leaders prepare for a meeting here to begin the selection of a pope under a cloud of church scandals, including those involving pedophile priests.
Despite lacking the public charisma of his predecessor, Pope Benedict in just eight years was able to carve out his own legacy, in significant part by continuing John Paul's work in different ways.
Pope Benedict XVI's sudden decision to step down Feb. 28 because of health concerns reverberated around the globe. The eyes of the world surely will be focused on the impending meeting of the conclave and the election of a new pope.
Pope Benedict's resignation has shocked the world. Who knew that a "conservative" 85-year old could surprise us?