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Vatican In Transition

Pope welcomes sisters' idea for anti-trafficking day of prayer

Pope welcomes sisters' idea for anti-trafficking day of prayer

Date may be feast of Josephine Bakhita, Sudanese slave turned saint

Pope Francis shows his funny side

Pope Francis shows his funny side

He greets newlyweds with a comical red nose

Pope's compassionate embrace for severely disfigured man

Pope's compassionate embrace for severely disfigured man

Pope Francis spends several minutes with man who suffers neurofibromatosis

In US, Spain and Italy, the pope is making bishops re-think

In US, Spain and Italy, the pope is making bishops re-think

Will they persist with campaigns that may be out of step with the papacy?

Let the saints come to your aid, says pope

Let the saints come to your aid, says pope

Pope Francis admits that even he has trials and doubts as he talks of All Saints Day

Little boy takes the stage and steals the pope's show

Little boy takes the stage and steals the pope's show

Video captures an encounter he won't forget

Pope Francis named as world's fourth most powerful man

Pope Francis named as world's fourth most powerful man

Forbes ranks him just after US, Russia and China presidents

Pope's Twitter account reaches 10 million followers

Pope's Twitter account reaches 10 million followers

Pope Francis now ranked 'most influential world leader on Twitter'

Pope and World Bank chief discuss joint action on poverty

Pope and World Bank chief discuss joint action on poverty

Jim Yong Kim says their views are "exactly the same"

Pope Francis receives Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi

Pope Francis receives Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi

Vatican spokesman describes "great feeling of harmony and accord"

Benedict's secretary recalls pontificate's last days

Benedict's secretary recalls pontificate's last days

Archbishop Georg Gänswein gives wide ranging interview

Pope writes to Jewish leader about the Holocaust

Pope writes to Jewish leader about the Holocaust

Both leaders agree on God's presence even at times of genocide

Big spending German bishop comes up before the pope

Big spending German bishop comes up before the pope

Holy See tight lipped on details of encounter

Pope Francis and women cardinals: pipedream or possibility?

Pope Francis and women cardinals: pipedream or possibility?

Speculation continues at a feverish rate

Pope urges faithful to "bring Jesus into the world"

Pope urges faithful to "bring Jesus into the world"

Pontiff's video message to Philippine evangelization conference

For sale: Harley-Davidson, one papal owner

For sale: Harley-Davidson, one papal owner

Pope Francis to auction motorbike to aid homeless charity

Pope sends money to old lady who was robbed

Pope sends money to old lady who was robbed

Money was stolen as woman was going to hospital

SSPX leader Fellay speaks out strongly against Pope Francis

SSPX leader Fellay speaks out strongly against Pope Francis

Quotes a prayer that says Satan aims to establish his seat in Rome

Pope stresses that Christianity is incompatible with anti-Semitism

Pope stresses that Christianity is incompatible with anti-Semitism

Calls to strengthen ties between Catholics and Jews

Now Pope Francis writes letter to gay Catholics

Now Pope Francis writes letter to gay Catholics

Another spontaneous, surprising gesture from the pope

How Pope Francis avoids a Curia confrontation

How Pope Francis avoids a Curia confrontation

Consultant describes his strategy as "masterly"

Pope calls synod to focus on divorce and remarriage

Pope calls synod to focus on divorce and remarriage

Church law needs review, Pope Francis said

Concerns over accuracy of pope's latest interview

Concerns over accuracy of pope's latest interview

La Repubblica editor did not use a recorder or take notes

US Catholics agree with pope downplaying hot social issues

US Catholics agree with pope downplaying hot social issues

Majority say Church is too focused on same sex marriage, abortion, contraception

Pope urges nuns "not to be too spiritual"

Pope urges nuns "not to be too spiritual"

Francis warns against "the smile of a flight attendant"

Pope Francis and the Vatican Spring

Pope Francis and the Vatican Spring

This week he showed that people matter more than itineraries

Pope and cardinals discuss major Curia reform

Pope and cardinals discuss major Curia reform

Changes to go far beyond "cosmetic retouches"

Obama says he is "hugely impressed" by Pope Francis

Obama says he is "hugely impressed" by Pope Francis

Praise for the pope's humility and "incredible sense of empathy"

Vatican tight lipped on details of cardinals' meeting

Vatican tight lipped on details of cardinals' meeting

Discussions and decisions are not for public review, says spokesman

Is it all over for Catholic traditionalists?

Is it all over for Catholic traditionalists?

The widespread assumption may be a misconception, says commentator

Council of cardinals gets down to business

Council of cardinals gets down to business

Pope Francis and his hand-picked team in three days of meetings

Pope Francis gives another forthright interview

Pope Francis gives another forthright interview

He underlines his determination to change the Vatican: full text included

How to reform the Church? Let us count the ways

How to reform the Church? Let us count the ways

Four suggestions for the pope's 'to-do' list

Revealed: how the pope protected Argentine dissidents

Revealed: how the pope protected Argentine dissidents

New book's gripping story from the dark days of dictatorship

Pope Francis shuffles his pack

Pope Francis shuffles his pack

New Vatican appointees include several skilled diplomats

Whatever next? A cologne named after the pope

Whatever next? A cologne named after the pope

Maker describes 'Francis' scent as "gentle,simple,warm"

Pope's sensational interview 'disturbed' some conservatives

Pope's sensational interview 'disturbed' some conservatives

Being unsettled may not be so terrible, admits one commentator

Pope Francis warns prelates not to be 'airport bishops'

Pope Francis warns prelates not to be 'airport bishops'

"Careerism is a cancer," he tells them

Catholic reform groups unite to petition Pope Francis

Catholic reform groups unite to petition Pope Francis

Open letter sent ahead of pope's meeting with cardinals

Pope gives revelatory full length personal interview

Pope gives revelatory full length personal interview

Read this extraordinary, frank and far reaching interview in full here

Pope is urged to reverse ban on ancient rite Mass

Pope is urged to reverse ban on ancient rite Mass

Ban overrules permission granted by previous pope

What to do when it's Pope Francis on the phone

What to do when it's Pope Francis on the phone

Pope's habit of calling 'out of the blue' prompts light hearted advice

Pope urges Catholics to participate in politics

Pope urges Catholics to participate in politics

“We all have to give something,” he says in homily

Pope calls a halt to conferring 'monsignor' title on priests

Pope calls a halt to conferring 'monsignor' title on priests

Not yet known how long moratorium is to last

The icon that means the world to Pope Francis

The icon that means the world to Pope Francis

He prayed to it on his election and made it centerpiece of last week's vigil

The new 'popemobile' is a 1984 Renault 4 with 180,000 miles on clock

The new 'popemobile' is a 1984 Renault 4 with 180,000 miles on clock

Pope plans to use donated car to drive round Vatican City

Thai PM has audience with Pope Francis

Thai PM has audience with Pope Francis

Pope says he may visit Thailand next year

Pope springs new surprise by writing to a newspaper

Pope springs new surprise by writing to a newspaper

Four page letter to prominent Italian atheist

Pope wants empty convents turned into refugee shelters

Pope wants empty convents turned into refugee shelters

Proposal made while visiting shelter in Rome

Pope offers to baptize single mother's child

Pope offers to baptize single mother's child

Woman stunned by another of the pope's impromptu phone calls

Vatican's top officials summoned to meeting

Vatican's top officials summoned to meeting

Open agenda may indicate pope's desire for collegiality

Pope prays for peace with 100,000 in St Peter's Square

Pope prays for peace with 100,000 in St Peter's Square

"Cry out forcefully: violence and war are never the way to peace"

Can Pope Francis reform the Curia?

Can Pope Francis reform the Curia?

Even for someone with his charisma, it is a sizeable challenge

Pope calls for 'culture of encounter' with the Indian Orthodox Church

Pope calls for 'culture of encounter' with the Indian Orthodox Church

Catholicos Paulose II meets Pope Francis in Rome

Armed intervention in Syria would be futile, says pope

Armed intervention in Syria would be futile, says pope

Pope Francis writes 'heartfelt' letter to Putin and world leaders

Pope renews his call to join Saturday's day of prayer for peace

Pope renews his call to join Saturday's day of prayer for peace

“May the cry for peace rise loudly throughout the earth”

Pope Francis biopic is in the works

Pope Francis biopic is in the works

Actor who played Che Guevara will take lead role

All Vatican diplomats called to pre-September 7 briefing

All Vatican diplomats called to pre-September 7 briefing

Pope attaching great importance to day of prayer for Syria

Artist ploughs giant face of pope in field

Artist ploughs giant face of pope in field

Six-hour task performed with no grid or pre-planning

Priests report marked upsurge in confessions

Priests report marked upsurge in confessions

Rise attributed to the 'Pope Francis effect'

Pope calls for day of fasting and prayer next Saturday

Pope calls for day of fasting and prayer next Saturday

Anguished appeal for peace in Syria and the world

Korea's 'Month of Martyrs' draws praise from Pope Francis

Korea's 'Month of Martyrs' draws praise from Pope Francis

Pope sends best wishes to Seoul archdiocese

Pope meets King of Jordan to discuss Syria

Pope meets King of Jordan to discuss Syria

"Dialogue is the only solution," they agree

Pope Francis calls to console a rape victim

Pope Francis calls to console a rape victim

Woman says she was 'petrified' when voice on the phone said "it's the pope"

Rome prepares for an arrival from Fatima

Rome prepares for an arrival from Fatima

Statue to be present as Pope Francis entrusts the world to Mary

Pope Francis makes a date to meet some refugees

Pope Francis makes a date to meet some refugees

Invitation was accepted in a phone call from the pope

"Bergoglio hasn't changed a bit"

"Bergoglio hasn't changed a bit"

Argentine priest says the pope's approach has not altered

Pope's surprise meeting with Japanese students

Pope Francis talks about need for dialogue

Pope adds more names to his inner circle

Pope adds more names to his inner circle

Major changes predicted: Bertone tipped to be replaced as second in command

Pope writes to woman convict who makes Communion hosts

Pope writes to woman convict who makes Communion hosts

"I will celebrate Mass with them," he tells her

Did the pope say yes to women deacons?

Did the pope say yes to women deacons?

An unnoticed comment on the plane from Rio may be significant

Italy v Argentina tonight: who will the pope cheer for?

Italy v Argentina tonight: who will the pope cheer for?

Pope Francis swerves the question as he greets the two teams

Once again, reporters skew what the pope said

Once again, reporters skew what the pope said

Pope's words on gay and women priests widely misinterpreted

Pope says Asia trip is top priority

Pope says Asia trip is top priority

Plan revealed in conversation with journalists

Boy's wish for priesthood moves pope to tears

Boy's wish for priesthood moves pope to tears

"As of today, your vocation is set," Pope Francis tells him

Pope speaks with astonishing frankness to media

Pope speaks with astonishing frankness to media

Asks "who am I to judge" homosexuals, discusses Vatican bank and women in the Church

Pope tells bishops to get out of their churches

Pope tells bishops to get out of their churches

Broadside fired at "the phenomenon of clericalism"

Pope ends World Youth Day with rallying cry

Pope ends World Youth Day with rallying cry

"The Church needs you,'' he tells three million faithful

WATCH NOW: Three million attend closing WYD Mass

WATCH NOW: Three million attend closing WYD Mass

See the joyous celebration now on video

WATCH NOW: Pope leads World Youth Day vigil

WATCH NOW: Pope leads World Youth Day vigil

Watch this deeply moving event in full on video

Out of the blue, pope invites 12 young people to lunch

Out of the blue, pope invites 12 young people to lunch

“I still can’t believe what happened,” says one of them

Pope Francis: solidarity with the poor is not optional

Pope Francis: solidarity with the poor is not optional

Pope pleads for social justice while touring Rio shanty town

WATCH NOW: Pope Francis heads for World Youth Day

WATCH NOW: Pope Francis heads for World Youth Day

Watch his arrival at the event in full length on video

Vatican official takes over in troubled Scotland

Vatican official takes over in troubled Scotland

Appointment follows scandal over Cardinal O'Brien

Crowds brave the rain for first Mass of papal tour

Crowds brave the rain for first Mass of papal tour

Pope Francis visibly moved by Marian shrine

Church's right wing 'generally not happy' with the pope

Church's right wing 'generally not happy' with the pope

Outspoken archbishop speaks out on Pope Francis and Brazil trip

Rio authorities rattled by chaos of pope's arrival

Rio authorities rattled by chaos of pope's arrival

Police and World Youth Day organizers fret over security

Pope calls in expert laymen to help reform Vatican

Pope calls in expert laymen to help reform Vatican

Bold step taken before Pope Francis left for Brazil

Pope vows to target 'throw-away culture' this week

Pope vows to target 'throw-away culture' this week

More care must be taken over young and old people, he says

Bomb found at shrine pope is due to visit

Bomb found at shrine pope is due to visit

Small home-made device quickly deactivated

Massive crowds bring pope's cavalcade to a standstill

Massive crowds bring pope's cavalcade to a standstill

Joyous chaos as Pope Francis arrives in Rio

WATCH NOW: Oh happy day - Pope Francis lands in Brazil

WATCH NOW: Oh happy day - Pope Francis lands in Brazil

Watch the welcome now in full length on video

Non-Catholic meets Pope Francis after asking 15 times

Non-Catholic meets Pope Francis after asking 15 times

Pope responded positively to lone cyclist's request

Pope visits Benedict before flying down to Rio

Pope visits Benedict before flying down to Rio

Full briefing shared on World Youth Day

Pope Francis will find a Church in turmoil in Brazil

Pope Francis will find a Church in turmoil in Brazil

Social and religious upheaval prevails

Pope will disappoint both conservatives and progressives, says cardinal

Pope will disappoint both conservatives and progressives, says cardinal

Cardinal Kasper says Francis cannot be pigeonholed

Is the pope even influencing fashion design?

Is the pope even influencing fashion design?

"This pope is what we all needed," says top Italian designer

Pope grants indulgences for World Youth Day

Pope grants indulgences for World Youth Day

People who follow event on TV or online can receive them

Financial woes loom over pope's Brazil trip

Financial woes loom over pope's Brazil trip

World Youth Day registrations fall far short of target

A day in the life of Pope Francis

A day in the life of Pope Francis

Early starts and afternoon siestas are permanent features

In the Vatican, the pope has many 'masters'

In the Vatican, the pope has many 'masters'

Pope tells old friend that all his changes cost him great effort

Pope Francis aims his 'alertometer' at Vatican Bank

Pope Francis aims his 'alertometer' at Vatican Bank

New order prohibits tampering with bank documents

Pope brings sweeping changes to Vatican justice system

Pope brings sweeping changes to Vatican justice system

Death penalty abolished, abuse punishments stiffened

Pope Francis named Man of the Year by Vanity Fair

Pope Francis named Man of the Year by Vanity Fair

"A miracle of humility in an era of vanity" says Elton John

Pope orders immediate removal of his statue

Pope orders immediate removal of his statue

Likeness was erected in Buenos Aires cathedral

Forget the smart phones, pope tells seminarians

Forget the smart phones, pope tells seminarians

Clear signal sent that some Church structures need changing

Pope lambasts global indifference to migrants' fate

Pope lambasts global indifference to migrants' fate

"The culture of well-being makes us insensitive to the cries of others"

Dual canonizations for John XXIII and John Paul II?

Dual canonizations for John XXIII and John Paul II?

Pope Francis to convene a consistory to set the date

Encyclical gives insight into pope's unique style

Encyclical gives insight into pope's unique style

Archbishop hails Pope Francis' use of expressions and imagery

What is the pope looking for in new bishops?

What is the pope looking for in new bishops?

His brief on selecting candidates is highly specific

Pope Francis in close-up

Pope Francis in close-up

Seasoned Vatican observer spots some trends and looks ahead

Alarm bells over prelate appointed by Pope Francis

Alarm bells over prelate appointed by Pope Francis

More trouble for embattled IOR and Vatican Bank

Pope's first encyclical published July 5

Pope's first encyclical published July 5

Work was begun by Pope Emeritus Benedict

Catholic charity chief attributes rapid growth to Pope Francis

Catholic charity chief attributes rapid growth to Pope Francis

Mary's Meals founder applauds pope's stance on poverty

Pope orders inquiry into Vatican Bank

Pope orders inquiry into Vatican Bank

Setting up a commission was at his personal behest, say local sources

God save us from ideology, says Pope Francis

God save us from ideology, says Pope Francis

Follow the example of John the Baptist, pope advises

Let's not overinterpret what the pope says

Let's not overinterpret what the pope says

Scrutinizing every word and action can lead to false conclusions

Bishops must be pastors not princes, says Pope Francis

Bishops must be pastors not princes, says Pope Francis

Pope briefs nuncios on selecting episcopal candidates

Pope slams broken promises in war on hunger

Pope slams broken promises in war on hunger

UN delegates told that starvation statistics are 'truly scandalous'

Is the pope's hundred-day honeymoon nearing its end?

Is the pope's hundred-day honeymoon nearing its end?

People love him, but Vatican insiders may be growing uneasy

Pope approves new change in Mass

Pope approves new change in Mass

St Joseph is now to be included in prayers

Could the pope's off-the-cuff remarks lead to trouble?

Could the pope's off-the-cuff remarks lead to trouble?

No need to worry, says Catholic commentator

High hopes as US priests gather to discuss reforms

High hopes as US priests gather to discuss reforms

Pope Francis' arrival may herald a new openness to dialogue

Pope blesses hundreds of Harley-Davidsons

Pope blesses hundreds of Harley-Davidsons

Biker culture roars into Vatican City

ALL ABOUT POPE FRANCIS: 4

ALL ABOUT POPE FRANCIS: 4

Six of the pope's most memorable quotes so far

ALL ABOUT POPE FRANCIS: 3

ALL ABOUT POPE FRANCIS: 3

What the Italian media is saying about the pope's 'gay lobby in the Curia' comment

ALL ABOUT POPE FRANCIS: 2

ALL ABOUT POPE FRANCIS: 2

The pope confirms he will complete Benedict XVI's unfinished encyclical

ALL ABOUT POPE FRANCIS: 1

ALL ABOUT POPE FRANCIS: 1

A review of the pope's first 100 days

"Utterly futile": commentator slams meeting of pope and Anglican head

Angry reaction to the meeting scheduled for Friday

You cannot serve two masters, warns the pope

You cannot serve two masters, warns the pope

A 'pick and mix' attitude does not work in matters of faith

"I didn't want to be pope," Francis tells children

"I didn't want to be pope," Francis tells children

Pope throws away the script in laughter filled Q&A session

Pope will not spend summer at Castel Gandolfo

Pope will not spend summer at Castel Gandolfo

Once again, Pope Francis breaks with centuries-old tradition

Pope Francis sets his sights on eliminating waste

Pope Francis sets his sights on eliminating waste

"Throwing food away is like stealing from the tables of the poor"

Pope slams capitalism in speech to 'tax haven' legates

Pope slams capitalism in speech to 'tax haven' legates

Full text of Pope Francis' address in which he pulls no punches

Pope's warm welcome for the 'world's poorest president'

Pope's warm welcome for the 'world's poorest president'

Longest time spent so far with a head of state, with whom he has much in common

Corrupt Christians cause grave harm to Church, says pope

Corrupt Christians cause grave harm to Church, says pope

Be a worshipper of the Lord, not yourself, he urges

Pope's spontaneous remarks leave Vatican in a spin

Pope's spontaneous remarks leave Vatican in a spin

Press office says his morning homilies will not be transcribed

Pope Francis hears parishioners' confessions

Pope Francis hears parishioners' confessions

On a Trinity Sunday visit to a small parish in a Rome suburb, the pope again showed his ability to surprise

Pope's comment on redemption for atheists sparks debate

Pope's comment on redemption for atheists sparks debate

Vatican issues clarification; commentators offer mixed reactions

The encounter in St Peter's Square: exorcism or not?

The encounter in St Peter's Square: exorcism or not?

Blogger and commentator Father Tim Finigan adds his thoughts to the debate

Pope says all who do good will be redeemed, including atheists

Pope says all who do good will be redeemed, including atheists

Doing good is cited as the principle that unites humanity

Vatican signals possible papal visit to Philippines

Vatican signals possible papal visit to Philippines

Request made for change of 2016 congress date

Pope Francis requests prayers for China on Friday May 24

Pope Francis requests prayers for China on Friday May 24

Pope Emeritus Benedict named the date World Day of Prayer for the Church in China

Church has no room for power struggles, says pope

Church has no room for power struggles, says pope

Pontiff warns against them but admits they have existed since Church began

What is the Charismatic Renewal and what does the pope think of it?

What is the Charismatic Renewal and what does the pope think of it?

The movement is less controversial than it may at first appear

Exorcists claim the pope freed a boy from demons

Exorcists claim the pope freed a boy from demons

Pope's caring touch on a disabled boy after Sunday's Mass seen as extra significant

Pope laments a world where homelessness and hunger is not news

Pope laments a world where homelessness and hunger is not news

A crowd of 200,000 is delighted by Pope's wide ranging talk

Pope takes another swipe at the global 'cult of money'

Pope takes another swipe at the global 'cult of money'

"Not to share one's goods with the poor is to rob them"

Supernatural 'signs' in the conclave led to pope's election

Supernatural 'signs' in the conclave led to pope's election

Cardinal Schönborn says voting was driven by the Holy Spirit

It's not good to get too comfortable, warns the pope

It's not good to get too comfortable, warns the pope

Pope praises new saints who forsook comfort to serve others

Could this be the pope's first crisis?

Could this be the pope's first crisis?

Puerto Rican archbishop refuses to quit

Pope comes face to face with women religious

Pope comes face to face with women religious

"You're mothers, not spinsters," he says in warm and cordial meeting

Protestants declare themselves 'very optimistic' about Pope Francis

Protestants declare themselves 'very optimistic' about Pope Francis

Catholic archbishop and head of state Angela Merkel address German Protestant gathering

Pope to visit slum, prison and AIDS center in Rio

Pope to visit slum, prison and AIDS center in Rio

World Youth Day tour schedule announced

If we can't have women priests, how about women cardinals?

If we can't have women priests, how about women cardinals?

This radical proposal has been mooted by Cardinal Dolan among others

Once again, Pope Francis lambasts the pursuit of profit

Once again, Pope Francis lambasts the pursuit of profit

“My thoughts turn to all who are unemployed, often as a result of a self-centred mindset bent on profit at any cost”

Former pope is welcomed back to the Vatican

Former pope is welcomed back to the Vatican

Pope Francis was on hand to offer a warm greeting to Pope Emeritus Benedict on his return

When will the media decide they don't like the pope after all?

When will the media decide they don't like the pope after all?

In one writer's view, liberal expectations of the pope are bound to be disappointed

Pope calls Bangladesh workers' conditions 'slave labor'

Pope calls Bangladesh workers' conditions 'slave labor'

Employers lambasted over 'unjust' low wages

Calm down says Vatican as reform rumors swirl

Calm down says Vatican as reform rumors swirl

Pope expresses surprise at being misquoted and misrepresented in reports

The confessional is not a dry cleaner's, says Pope Francis

The confessional is not a dry cleaner's, says Pope Francis

Congregation encouraged to "never masquerade before God"

Has Pope Francis made it OK for priests to hug children?

Has Pope Francis made it OK for priests to hug children?

Fr James Martin reflects on a subject that troubles many priests

Reform of the curia? It's been in need of it for centuries

Reform of the curia? It's been in need of it for centuries

Scathing criticisms in a 1931 document could still hold true today

Pope stresses workers' dignity after Bangladesh disaster

Pope stresses workers' dignity after Bangladesh disaster

Prayers and condolences offered at Sunday Mass

Pope unblocks S. American martyr's cause for sainthood

Pope unblocks S. American martyr's cause for sainthood

Oscar Romero's left-wing political leanings had impeded his canonization

Evangelize with humility not imperialism, says Pope

Evangelize with humility not imperialism, says Pope

Preaching the gospel requires humility, service, charity and brotherly love

The Church is not an NGO, warns Pope Francis

The Church is not an NGO, warns Pope Francis

The pope had a direct message for employees of the Vatican's Institute for Religious Works

Pope prays for two kidnapped Syrian bishops

Pope prays for two kidnapped Syrian bishops

Earlier reports that the bishops have been released have proved unfounded

One of pope's closest friends urges him to make celibacy optional

One of pope's closest friends urges him to make celibacy optional

Clelia Luro married a man who had been a Catholic bishop

Pope Francis urged to appoint more women and fewer Europeans

Pope Francis urged to appoint more women and fewer Europeans

Members of new papal advisory team make recommendations on key posts

It's goodbye to another Vatican bonus

It's goodbye to another Vatican bonus

Extra payment withdrawn from cardinals who oversee Vatican bank

Grumbles in the Curia as traditional 'new pope' bonus is canceled

Grumbles in the Curia as traditional 'new pope' bonus is canceled

Could this be the start of a Vatican shake-up?

Friend of Francis says he will open files on 'Hitler's Pope'

Friend of Francis says he will open files on 'Hitler's Pope'

Long running speculation over Pius XII and the Nazis may be put to an end

Pope Francis and reform of the US sisters: what's next?

Pope Francis and reform of the US sisters: what's next?

Let's not jump to conclusions, says Father James Martin

Actions will speak louder than gestures

Actions will speak louder than gestures

How Pope Francis may tackle the core issues for the Church

Practice what you preach, pope warns

Practice what you preach, pope warns

Inconsistency between what pastors say and what they do "is undermining the Church's credibility"

Pope Francis agrees, US sisters need reform

Pope Francis agrees, US sisters need reform

The return of this emotive issue could provide the pope's first controversy

The reforms start here

The reforms start here

Pope Francis picks eight-man advisory board, only one of them an existing Vatican official

How was the view from the balcony?

How was the view from the balcony?

Cardinal Tauran, who announced Pope Francis to the world, talks about that night and his work for interreligious dialogue

Pope speaks out on the dangers of gossip

Pope speaks out on the dangers of gossip

At his early morning Mass, Pope Francis extolled the virtues of meekness

Pope inspires packed churches and more confession visits

Pope inspires packed churches and more confession visits

The new pope has definitely brought with him a feelgood factor.

Pope calls for "decisive action" on child sex abuse

Pope calls for "decisive action" on child sex abuse

In 2011, the Vatican asked all bishops' conferences to submit guidelines on tackling sex abuse; a quarter have yet to respond.

Pope's sister wanted Cardinal Scherer to win the election

Pope's sister wanted Cardinal Scherer to win the election

A long, fascinating, sometimes funny and sometimes moving interview with a very interesting woman.

Soccer fan and tango aficionado; pope's pastimes revealed

Soccer fan and tango aficionado; pope's pastimes revealed

Earlier interviews from Argentina tell us about the pope's likes and interests.

Pope Francis stresses importance of women in the Church

Pope Francis stresses importance of women in the Church

"This is very encouraging," says leading female theologian.

Pope's careful embrace for boy with cerebral palsy

Pope's careful embrace for boy with cerebral palsy

A wonderful moment in St Peter's Square on Easter Sunday

Turin shroud makes rare appearance on live TV

Turin shroud makes rare appearance on live TV

The Easter weekend showing was requested by Pope Emeritus Benedict and preceded by a few words from Pope Francis.

Pope calls for peace in Korea

Pope calls for peace in Korea

First "Urbi et Orbi" address touches on political conflicts

The miracle of Easter is upon us once again

The miracle of Easter is upon us once again

A very happy Easter to one and all from everyone at ucanews.com

Pope observes Christ's passion by washing inmates' feet

First Holy Thursday ceremony of its kind performed by a pope in prison

The schedule for Pope Francis' first Easter

The schedule for Pope Francis' first Easter

From the National Catholic Register, March 28

A close-up on Pope Francis, with one of his oldest friends

A close-up on Pope Francis, with one of his oldest friends

As his publisher, Claretian Father Gustavo Larrazabal got to know then-Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio well.

How much can the pope achieve in the time he has available?

How much can the pope achieve in the time he has available?

It's widely expected that the pope will bring in some sweeping reforms. But where will he begin and how much will he be able to do?

The pope's pragmatism may be good news for gay people

The pope's pragmatism may be good news for gay people

From the Washington Post, March 27

Pope chooses simple guesthouse over papal apartment

Pope chooses simple guesthouse over papal apartment

The pope has said he is quite comfortable in the shared Catholic guesthouse he has used since arriving for the Conclave.

Change will come, but at the pope's pace

Change will come, but at the pope's pace

Reform is likely to start with the Curia

What makes Pope Francis 'tick' spiritually?

What makes Pope Francis 'tick' spiritually?

A focus on humanity's weakness and God's boundless love

As style gives way to substance, the pope faces five big challenges

As style gives way to substance, the pope faces five big challenges

From the National Catholic Reporter, March 22

Pope calls Buenos Aires to cancel his newspaper

Pope calls Buenos Aires to cancel his newspaper

From NBC World News, March 23

Pope switches Holy Thursday plan: will hold Mass in a jail

Pope switches Holy Thursday plan: will hold Mass in a jail

Pope Francis has made yet another break with tradition.

'The first shall become last, and the last first'

'The first shall become last, and the last first'

Servants of the poor in front row at pope's installation

Could Pope Francis be open to optional celibacy?

Could Pope Francis be open to optional celibacy?

From the National Catholic Reporter, March 21

Business in Rome gets a boost from the new papal appointment

Business in Rome gets a boost from the new papal appointment

From the National Catholic Reporter, March 21

Pope Francis affirms his commitment to ecumenism

Pope Francis affirms his commitment to ecumenism

The pope also held out a hand of friendship to people who follow no religion.

A radical act of service and love

A radical act of service and love

Feet washing is a powerful symbol of gender equality

Francis starts papacy with plea for the poor

At least 150,000 throng St Peter's Square for pope's installation

Pope Francis' attendance at World Youth Day confirmed

Pope Francis' attendance at World Youth Day confirmed

Brazilian cardinal was personally assured by the pope himself.

An eloquent silence that echoes in Asia

An eloquent silence that echoes in Asia

The pope showed how we and the Church can live and serve the same way

Jesuit leader welcomes papal appointment

Jesuit leader welcomes papal appointment

South Asian provincial hails 'non-Eurocentric' choice

Reading the signs of Pope Francis as reformer

Reading the signs of Pope Francis as reformer

St. Francis seems to truly guide the new pontiff

American VP's presence could spark angry debate

American VP's presence could spark angry debate

From the Huffington Post, March 19

What went on behind the conclave doors?

What went on behind the conclave doors?

From Religion News Service, March 19

Pope Francis’ Million Man Mass

Pope Francis’ Million Man Mass

From the National Catholic Register, March 19

On video: what does Argentina think about the pope's past?

On video: what does Argentina think about the pope's past?

Several have sprung to the pope's defense while others attempt to discredit him for his actions during Argentina's days of repression.

The pope's inaugural homily: text in full

The pope's inaugural homily: text in full

"I ask all of you to pray for me! Amen."

Pope tells Argentinians to help poor instead of coming to Rome

Pope tells Argentinians to help poor instead of coming to Rome

From the National Catholic Register, March 18

Pope indicates that reforms may be far reaching

Pope indicates that reforms may be far reaching

From the National Catholic Reporter, March 18

Pope’s humor and simple words win hearts in first Angelus

Pope’s humor and simple words win hearts in first Angelus

From National Catholic Register, March 18

Pope breaks with tradition to bless a guide dog

Pope breaks with tradition to bless a guide dog

Once again, the pope has indicated that his tenure is likely to be markedly different to his predecessors'.

What's the next step for Pope Francis?

What's the next step for Pope Francis?

That depends on how he decides to live as the pope

Pope Francis will set the Church's vision beyond Rome

Pope Francis will set the Church's vision beyond Rome

Cardinals say he has urged them to 'come out of ourselves' and focus on 'material and spiritual poverty'

What's the connexion between the conclave and FC Barcelona?

What's the connexion between the conclave and FC Barcelona?

An extraordinary football-related coincidence.

Italian bishops send congratulations to the wrong cardinal

Italian bishops send congratulations to the wrong cardinal

Vatican watchers say the erroneous message sent to Cardinal Scola is indicative of a sorry state of affairs among the Italian 'grandees.'

Day one: pope hops on a bus and stops to pay his hotel bill

Day one: pope hops on a bus and stops to pay his hotel bill

The first few hours of the papacy began in a remarkably down-to-earth way.

"Habemus Papam," and the pilgrims in St Peter's Square react with joy

"Habemus Papam," and the pilgrims in St Peter's Square react with joy

From the National Catholic Register, March 14

The choice of Pope Francis is something of a surprise

The choice of Pope Francis is something of a surprise

From the Christian Science Monitor, March 14

Habent papam

Habent papam

Can the Vatican become more democratic under Pope Francis?

Humble Argentine Jesuit assumes the mantle of St. Peter

Humble Argentine Jesuit assumes the mantle of St. Peter

Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio becomes Pope Francis

Who is Pope Francis?

Who is Pope Francis?

A profile and appraisal of Jorge Mario Bergoglio, by Fr Mick Kelly

Pope's name is Francis, not Francis I

Vatican issues a clarification

See the pope's first speech on video

Newly appointed Pope Francis I speaks to the crowds in St Peter's Square

Habemus Papam: Francis

Habemus Papam: Francis

Jesuit Cardinal Bergoglio of Argentina becomes first non-European pontiff in a millennium

Why an African pope would probably suit conservatives

Why an African pope would probably suit conservatives

From the Christian Science Monitor, March 13

Leading Catholics say what they would do if they were pope

Leading Catholics say what they would do if they were pope

Four prominent Catholics answered this tantalizing question. Here we present the response from Father James Martin, SJ.

Forging a Church for the future

Forging a Church for the future

The papacy should be de-mystified, not re-mystified

Update: No pope after third round of voting

Update: No pope after third round of voting

Cardinals to reconvene for two rounds of voting on Wednesday afternoon

No result after first day of conclave

No result after first day of conclave

Three front runners may be emerging

Cardinals enter Sistine Chapel as conclave begins

Cardinals enter Sistine Chapel as conclave begins

Some analysts predict 'white smoke' before the end of the week

Hans Küng talks Vatican reform with CBC's Michael Enwright

Hans Küng talks Vatican reform with CBC's Michael Enwright

A long serving, free thinking, controversial theologian talks about the need for a 'Vatican Spring.' With link to the radio interview.

What the world needs in the next pope

What the world needs in the next pope

Wanted: A man of unfailing fidelity

Updated and expanded - a list of some leading contenders

Updated and expanded - a list of some leading contenders

From AP/Huffington Post Religion, March 11

The Church must not kid itself that the abuse crisis is over

The Church must not kid itself that the abuse crisis is over

At least five of the cardinals who will vote in the conclave have a record of handling abuse cases that is less than exemplary.

Vatican Conclave to start on March 12

Vatican Conclave to start on March 12

Electronic jamming devices will be employed to curb information leaks and outside contact

Let's have some perspective: Catholicism is not in crisis

Let's have some perspective: Catholicism is not in crisis

From The Catholic Thing blog, March 7

Tension at conclave: US cardinals told to stop meeting press

Tension at conclave: US cardinals told to stop meeting press

"They got slapped down," says one observer. "They were a convenient scapegoat."

Two Asian cardinals still haven't arrived at conclave

Two Asian cardinals still haven't arrived at conclave

Jean-Baptiste Pham of Vietnam and John Tong Hon of Hong Kong are among five voting cardinals who have not yet reached Rome.

The crazies as well as the cardinals pour into Rome

The crazies as well as the cardinals pour into Rome

With the conclave ahead, excitement is building - as is the number of eccentrics around St Peter's Square.

Will the Church have its 'Obama moment'?

Will the Church have its 'Obama moment'?

A pope from the global south makes perfect sense

The new pope will need some energy

The new pope will need some energy

Expectations, challenges and hard work await

Cover-up cardinal says Vatican told him to be at conclave

Cover-up cardinal says Vatican told him to be at conclave

Retired Cardinal Mahony, stripped of his duties for his part in a large scale abuse cover-up, has expressed amazement at suggestions that he should not attend the papal election.

Cardinals want to be briefed on secret ‘Vatileaks’ report

Cardinals want to be briefed on secret ‘Vatileaks’ report

Pope Benedict had intended for the dossier to seen only by his successor, but there are suggestions that the cardinals want sight of it.

The tailor who has dressed every pope since 1922

The tailor who has dressed every pope since 1922

This article is combined with a video from Rome Reports

All seats vacant as conclave approaches

All seats vacant as conclave approaches

The Vatican looks to heal and move on

Readers say what they want from a new pope

Findings from UCAN survey released

Bets being taken on rank outsiders and the new pope's name

Bets being taken on rank outsiders and the new pope's name

The odds on the next pope choosing the name Benedict are 5,000/1, with Leo favorite at 4/1. The atheist Richard Dawkins is given a 666/1 chance of being elected.

Discord and wire tapping revelations as pope flies out

Discord and wire tapping revelations as pope flies out

On the day the pope officially ended his tenure, revelations emerged of wire tapping in the Vatican.

China Catholics' thank-you letter to pope

China Catholics' thank-you letter to pope

Praise for efforts to reconcile with Beijing

The habit-wearing Capuchin who may just be the next pope

The habit-wearing Capuchin who may just be the next pope

Archbishop O' Malley lives a truly simple, monastic life and has proved himself to be a supremely effective and fearless pastor and administrator.

In full: Pope's farewell speech to 150,000 in Rome

In full: Pope's farewell speech to 150,000 in Rome

The Pope's closing speech alluded to the Gospel story of Jesus and the apostles encountering stormy waters in the Sea of Galilee. There is also a link to a report on the event at the foot of this article.

Filipinos farewell for outgoing pope

Praise and thanks from around the nation

Benedict says goodbye to 150,000

Benedict says goodbye to 150,000

Pope emphasizes reasons for resigning in farewell speech

Pope Benedict's post-resignation title announced

Pope Benedict's post-resignation title announced

The pope, who is now preparing to move temporarily to the Castel Gondolfo residence, will be known as pontiff emeritus.

A close-up look at exactly how the conclave works

A close-up look at exactly how the conclave works

The Vatican's secretary of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts has carefully explained the papal voting procedure to reporters. At the foot of this article there is also a link to an excellent visual guide to how the conclave works.

One thing you can bet on: the new pope will not have a beard

One thing you can bet on: the new pope will not have a beard

The history and evolution of papal beards explored and discussed.

Rev James Martin tells us why he should be pope

Rev James Martin tells us why he should be pope

Father Martin has come up with 12 reasons why he should be the one elected.

Building a new Church on old foundations

Building a new Church on old foundations

Pope's successor is likely to continue Vatican's China policy

Cardinal unable to go to conclave

Cardinal unable to go to conclave

Failing eyesight prevents attendance

Vatican mulls hurried changes to papal election rules

Vatican mulls hurried changes to papal election rules

Bringing forward the papal election date would require a change in canon law which the pope may effect.

How would business experts advise a new pope?

How would business experts advise a new pope?

Catholicism, first and foremost, is a faith. But looking at it as a business that needs some changes offers an interesting perspective.

Tagle pushes for people power in Church

Tagle pushes for people power in Church

Manila prelate tipped as possible for papacy

Benedict's resignation was an act of humility

Benedict's resignation was an act of humility

Now it's time to see if the Vatican is willing to reciprocate

Pope's successor could inherit a civil war in the church

Pope's successor could inherit a civil war in the church

The divide between conservatives and liberals will reignite with the next pontiff

Pedophilia scandals weigh on body to elect next pope

Victim's advocates call for exclusion of electors linked to cases of sexual abuse

Pope was "deeply disheartened" months before resigning

Pope was "deeply disheartened" months before resigning

"I'm an old man and I've lost my strength," the pope told his biographer last summer.

US nuns hope new pope will understand "ordinary folks"

US nuns hope new pope will understand "ordinary folks"

The nuns, who had widely reported problems with Pope Benedict's administration, hope for more input and regular meetings with senior Church leaders.

Benedict's unprecedented abdication

Benedict's unprecedented abdication

His resignation may set a papal precedent

Has the pope fired a parting shot at the Vatican elite?

Has the pope fired a parting shot at the Vatican elite?

Since resigning, Pope Benedict has lambasted the media and made remarks that seem aimed squarely at the machinations in the Vatican that came to light via "Vatileaks."

Conclave date may be brought forward, says Vatican

Conclave date may be brought forward, says Vatican

With a firm date yet to be announced, there seems to be a growing inclination to open the conclave sooner rather than later.

Opinion: the next pope should come from Africa

Opinion: the next pope should come from Africa

Catholicism's center of gravity is shifting south and in Africa it is vibrant and booming. Should this be reflected in the choice of next pope?

Not just a new pope, a new Church

Not just a new pope, a new Church

The conclave offers an opportunity that must be seized

Standing ovation at pope's first post-resignation audience

Standing ovation at pope's first post-resignation audience

A packed crowd cheered wildly as the pope thanked them and asked for their continued prayers.

Resignation was all about growing old in a fast changing world

Resignation was all about growing old in a fast changing world

The writer says that "the Pope’s gesture was almost an act of surrender before the world which is changing at a rhythm which a man born in 1927 could never have imagined," and asks if it always has to be this way.

Own goal as cardinal admits interest in being next pope

Own goal as cardinal admits interest in being next pope

Cardinal Turkson may have damaged any ambitions he harbored about the papacy.

Vatican spokesman gives new details on pope's resignation

Vatican spokesman gives new details on pope's resignation

Father Lombardi talked about the pope's medical condition and his plans for the immediate and longer term future.

Vatican's top Chinese official laments resignation

Vatican's top Chinese official laments resignation

Announcement 'left me stunned' says Savio Hon Tai Fai

Resignation: roundup of comment from around the world

Resignation: roundup of comment from around the world

Here is a digest of comment, analysis, opinions - both positive and negative - and facts about the Pope's resignation.

Resignation: what will Pope Benedict do after he leaves?

Resignation: what will Pope Benedict do after he leaves?

The pope will be faced with a question that no pope has had to answer for the last 600 years.

Resignation: who are the front runners for the next pope?

Resignation: who are the front runners for the next pope?

Will the papacy remain within Europe or will it go to an American, African or even Asian candidate?

For Pope Benedict, dreams did not come true

For Pope Benedict, dreams did not come true

Many of his aims remain unfulfilled

Will Asia's voice be heard?

Will Asia's voice be heard?

What influence will Asians have on the upcoming papal vote?

Asia reacts to pope's resignation

Asia reacts to pope's resignation

Mixed feelings on Benedict's tenure

Benedict's resignation was no great surprise

Benedict's resignation was no great surprise

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Pope's resignation statement - text in full

Pope's resignation statement - text in full

Posted on the Vatican Radio website

Pope to resign on February 28

Pope to resign on February 28

Pontiff says he 'no longer has the strength' to carry out his duties