Federico Lombardi

In this image from video, a crowd mobs the silver Fiat carrying Pope Francis through Rio de Janeiro on Monday, July 22, 2013. Ecstatic believers forced the closed Fiat to stop several times as they swarmed around during the drive from the airport to an official opening ceremony in the center of the city. (AP Photo)

Wrong turn in pope’s car leads to Brazil mob scene

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The mob scene witnessed as Pope Francis arrived in Rio de Janeiro on Monday took place because his driver made a wrong turn, church and Brazilian authorities said. Rio Transportation […]

07/22/2013

In this Tuesday, March 19, 2013 photo, Pope Francis is driven through the crowd in his open-top popemobile in St. Peter's Square for his inauguration Mass at the Vatican. (AP Photo/Angelo Carconi, File)

Pope nixes bulletproof popemobile for Rio trip

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is forgoing the bulletproof popemobile for his upcoming trip to Brazil for the Catholic Church’s youth festival, further evidence that he has no qualms about tweaking the Vatican’s security […]

07/17/2013

(AP Photo)

Crowd disappointed by black smoke, but Vatican spokesman says consensus takes time

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The sight of thick black smoke from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel is bringing sighs of disappointment from the thousands of people who’ve gathered there in the rainy, chilly weather, waiting for news that a new pope has been elected.

03/13/2013

Penny and Phil Sound Bite

Vatican still waiting for 5 cardinals for conclave

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Sistine Chapel closed to visitors on Tuesday and construction work got under way to prepare it for the conclave that will choose the next pope, but five cardinals had yet to arrive for the preparatory meetings.

03/05/2013

Pope Benedict XVI (AP Photo)

Litany of secrets after papal retirement bombshell

VATICAN CITY (AP) — For an institution devoted to eternal light, the Vatican has shown itself to be a master of smokescreens since Pope Benedict XVI’s shocking resignation announcement.

02/14/2013

Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican.

Pope celebrates last public Mass as pontiff

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Starting his public farewell to his flock, a weary Pope Benedict XVI celebrated his final public Mass as pontiff, presiding over Ash Wednesday services.

02/13/2013

Pope to join celebs, presidents with Twitter feed

VATICAN CITY (AP) — He already has a billion followers. Now, Pope Benedict XVI will join the Twitter-sphere, tweeting from a personal account along with the world’s celebrities, leaders and ordinary folk. Vatican spokesman the […]

11/08/2012

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