Appeal in advance of special day of prayer on Friday
Pontiff warns against them but admits they have existed since Church began
The movement is less controversial than it may at first appear
Pope's caring touch on a disabled boy after Sunday's Mass seen as extra significant
A crowd of 200,000 is delighted by Pope's wide ranging talk
"Not to share one's goods with the poor is to rob them"
Cardinal Schönborn says voting was driven by the Holy Spirit
Pope praises new saints who forsook comfort to serve others
Puerto Rican archbishop refuses to quit
"You're mothers, not spinsters," he says in warm and cordial meeting
Catholic archbishop and head of state Angela Merkel address German Protestant gathering
World Youth Day tour schedule announced
This radical proposal has been mooted by Cardinal Dolan among others
“My thoughts turn to all who are unemployed, often as a result of a self-centred mindset bent on profit at any cost”
Pope Francis was on hand to offer a warm greeting to Pope Emeritus Benedict on his return
In one writer's view, liberal expectations of the pope are bound to be disappointed
Employers lambasted over 'unjust' low wages
Pope expresses surprise at being misquoted and misrepresented in reports
Congregation encouraged to "never masquerade before God"
Fr James Martin reflects on a subject that troubles many priests
Scathing criticisms in a 1931 document could still hold true today
Prayers and condolences offered at Sunday Mass
Oscar Romero's left-wing political leanings had impeded his canonization
Preaching the gospel requires humility, service, charity and brotherly love
The pope had a direct message for employees of the Vatican's Institute for Religious Works
Earlier reports that the bishops have been released have proved unfounded
Clelia Luro married a man who had been a Catholic bishop
Members of new papal advisory team make recommendations on key posts
Extra payment withdrawn from cardinals who oversee Vatican bank
Could this be the start of a Vatican shake-up?
Long running speculation over Pius XII and the Nazis may be put to an end
Let's not jump to conclusions, says Father James Martin
How Pope Francis may tackle the core issues for the Church
Inconsistency between what pastors say and what they do "is undermining the Church's credibility"
The return of this emotive issue could provide the pope's first controversy
Pope Francis picks eight-man advisory board, only one of them an existing Vatican official
Cardinal Tauran, who announced Pope Francis to the world, talks about that night and his work for interreligious dialogue
At his early morning Mass, Pope Francis extolled the virtues of meekness
The new pope has definitely brought with him a feelgood factor.
In 2011, the Vatican asked all bishops' conferences to submit guidelines on tackling sex abuse; a quarter have yet to respond.
A long, fascinating, sometimes funny and sometimes moving interview with a very interesting woman.
Earlier interviews from Argentina tell us about the pope's likes and interests.
"This is very encouraging," says leading female theologian.
A wonderful moment in St Peter's Square on Easter Sunday
The Easter weekend showing was requested by Pope Emeritus Benedict and preceded by a few words from Pope Francis.
First "Urbi et Orbi" address touches on political conflicts
A very happy Easter to one and all from everyone at ucanews.com
First Holy Thursday ceremony of its kind performed by a pope in prison
From the National Catholic Register, March 28
From LA Times, March 28
As his publisher, Claretian Father Gustavo Larrazabal got to know then-Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio well.
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?
From the Washington Post, March 27
From patheos.com, March 26
The pope has said he is quite comfortable in the shared Catholic guesthouse he has used since arriving for the Conclave.
Reform is likely to start with the Curia
A focus on humanity's weakness and God's boundless love
From NBC World News, March 22
From the National Catholic Reporter, March 22
From NBC World News, March 23
Pope Francis has made yet another break with tradition.
Servants of the poor in front row at pope's installation
From the National Catholic Reporter, March 21
From the National Catholic Reporter, March 21
The pope also held out a hand of friendship to people who follow no religion.
Feet washing is a powerful symbol of gender equality
At least 150,000 throng St Peter's Square for pope's installation
Brazilian cardinal was personally assured by the pope himself.
The pope showed how we and the Church can live and serve the same way
South Asian provincial hails 'non-Eurocentric' choice
St. Francis seems to truly guide the new pontiff
From the Huffington Post, March 19
From Religion News Service, March 19
From the National Catholic Register, March 19
Several have sprung to the pope's defense while others attempt to discredit him for his actions during Argentina's days of repression.
"I ask all of you to pray for me! Amen."
From the National Catholic Register, March 18
From the National Catholic Reporter, March 18
From National Catholic Register, March 18
Once again, the pope has indicated that his tenure is likely to be markedly different to his predecessors'.
That depends on how he decides to live as the pope
Cardinals say he has urged them to 'come out of ourselves' and focus on 'material and spiritual poverty'
From The Telegraph, March 15
From The Telegraph, March 15
From CNN Belief Blog, March 15th
An extraordinary football-related coincidence.
Vatican watchers say the erroneous message sent to Cardinal Scola is indicative of a sorry state of affairs among the Italian 'grandees.'
The first few hours of the papacy began in a remarkably down-to-earth way.
From the National Catholic Register, March 14
From the Christian Science Monitor, March 14
From The Telegraph, March 14
Can the Vatican become more democratic under Pope Francis?
Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio becomes Pope Francis
A profile and appraisal of Jorge Mario Bergoglio, by Fr Mick Kelly
Vatican issues a clarification
Newly appointed Pope Francis I speaks to the crowds in St Peter's Square
Jesuit Cardinal Bergoglio of Argentina becomes first non-European pontiff in a millennium
From the Christian Science Monitor, March 13
From National Catholic Reporter, March 13
Four prominent Catholics answered this tantalizing question. Here we present the response from Father James Martin, SJ.
The papacy should be de-mystified, not re-mystified
Cardinal Tagle shows his very human side
Cardinals to reconvene for two rounds of voting on Wednesday afternoon
Three front runners may be emerging
Some analysts predict 'white smoke' before the end of the week
From Religion News Service, March 12
From the New York Times, March 12
A long serving, free thinking, controversial theologian talks about the need for a 'Vatican Spring.' With link to the radio interview.
Wanted: A man of unfailing fidelity
From Huffington Post Religion, March 11
From AP/Huffington Post Religion, March 11
At least five of the cardinals who will vote in the conclave have a record of handling abuse cases that is less than exemplary.
Electronic jamming devices will be employed to curb information leaks and outside contact
From USA Today, March 8
From the Washington Post, March 8
From National Catholic Reporter, March 8
From Catholic Culture, March 8
From ABC News, March 7
From the SNAP website, March 7
From The Catholic Thing blog, March 7
From La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno, March 7
From Vatican Insider/La Stampa, March 7
From The Guardian, March 7
"They got slapped down," says one observer. "They were a convenient scapegoat."
From NBC World News, March 6
From Religion News Service, March 6
From AP, March 6
Jean-Baptiste Pham of Vietnam and John Tong Hon of Hong Kong are among five voting cardinals who have not yet reached Rome.
A pope from the global south makes perfect sense
With the conclave ahead, excitement is building - as is the number of eccentrics around St Peter's Square.
Expectations, challenges and hard work await
From AFP, March 5
From Reuters FaithWorld, March 1
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.
Pope Benedict had intended for the dossier to seen only by his successor, but there are suggestions that the cardinals want sight of it.
This article is combined with a video from Rome Reports
The Vatican looks to heal and move on
Findings from UCAN survey released
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.
On the day the pope officially ended his tenure, revelations emerged of wire tapping in the Vatican.
Praise for efforts to reconcile with Beijing
Archbishop O' Malley lives a truly simple, monastic life and has proved himself to be a supremely effective and fearless pastor and administrator.
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.
Praise and thanks from around the nation
Pope emphasizes reasons for resigning in farewell speech
The pope, who is now preparing to move temporarily to the Castel Gondolfo residence, will be known as pontiff emeritus.
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.
The history and evolution of papal beards explored and discussed.
Father Martin has come up with 12 reasons why he should be the one elected.
Pope's successor is likely to continue Vatican's China policy
Failing eyesight prevents attendance
Bringing forward the papal election date would require a change in canon law which the pope may effect.
Catholicism, first and foremost, is a faith. But looking at it as a business that needs some changes offers an interesting perspective.
Manila prelate tipped as possible for papacy
Now it's time to see if the Vatican is willing to reciprocate
The divide between conservatives and liberals will reignite with the next pontiff
China Catholics see a 'storm brewing' in the Church
Victim's advocates call for exclusion of electors linked to cases of sexual abuse
"I'm an old man and I've lost my strength," the pope told his biographer last summer.
The nuns, who had widely reported problems with Pope Benedict's administration, hope for more input and regular meetings with senior Church leaders.
His resignation may set a papal precedent
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."
With a firm date yet to be announced, there seems to be a growing inclination to open the conclave sooner rather than later.
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?
The conclave offers an opportunity that must be seized
A packed crowd cheered wildly as the pope thanked them and asked for their continued prayers.
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.
Cardinal Turkson may have damaged any ambitions he harbored about the papacy.
Father Lombardi talked about the pope's medical condition and his plans for the immediate and longer term future.
Announcement 'left me stunned' says Savio Hon Tai Fai
Here is a digest of comment, analysis, opinions - both positive and negative - and facts about the Pope's resignation.
The pope will be faced with a question that no pope has had to answer for the last 600 years.
Will the papacy remain within Europe or will it go to an American, African or even Asian candidate?
Many of his aims remain unfulfilled
What influence will Asians have on the upcoming papal vote?
Mixed feelings on Benedict's tenure
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