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ROME – More than one month since his election, Pope Francis is winning new fans and drawing big crowds to the Vatican.
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ROME – Since he was elected leader of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis has proved many times over that he wants to break away from clerical privilege, come down from St. Peter’s throne and act as a humble servant of the faithful.
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VATICAN CITY - Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires was named leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics on Wednesday after being elected pope. He will be known as Pope Francis I.
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VATICAN CITY — Black smoke rose above the Sistine Chapel on Tuesday, signaling that 115 Roman Catholic cardinals failed to agree on a new pope during the first day of the papal conclave.
The “princes of the church” began deliberating inside the Vatican after swearing an oath of secrecy and entering the papal conclave at about 5 p.m. local time (12 p.m. ET).
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As the papal conclave begins in Rome, wrapped in mystery and secrecy, there is no indication that the 115 cardinals will be deciding between just a couple of front-runners in choosing a successor to Pope Benedict XVI.
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Cardinals must now identify the key characteristics they want to see in the next leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics.
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As the Vatican waits for a new pope under a cloud of scandal, the journalist at the center of the Vatileaks case is revealing the high-stakes, cloak-and-dagger operation he undertook to protect the butler who went public with the secrets.
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When the College of Cardinals convenes Tuesday to choose a pope, it will revive a centuries-old tradition — cut off from the world by an oath of secrecy and doors that close with a firm and final thud.
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VATICAN CITY — The papal conclave to elect the new leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics will begin on Tuesday afternoon, a Vatican spokesman said Friday.
Roman Catholic cardinals filed into the Vatican on Monday for preliminary meetings to sketch an identikit for the next pope and ponder who among them might be best to lead a church beset by crises.
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Let the papal politicking begin. The College of Cardinals will meet Monday for the first time since the pope’s resignation.