Pope John Paul II

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Vatican: Benedict XVI may attend pope canonization

VATICAN CITY (AP) – Popes John Paul II and John XXIII will be declared saints on April 27 at a ceremony that might see two living popes honoring two dead ones. The Vatican on Monday […]

09/30/2013

Pope Francis listens to questions during a news conference aboard the papal flight on its way back from Brazil, Monday, July 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Luca Zennaro, Pool)

Pope Francis says he won’t judge gay priests

ABOARD THE PAPAL AIRCRAFT (AP) — Pope Francis reached out to gays, saying he won’t judge priests for their sexual orientation in a remarkably open and wide-ranging news conference Monday as he returned from his […]

07/29/2013

Faithful cheer in front of Rio de Janeiro's cathedral, background, as they wait for the arrival of Pope Francis, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, July 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

Pope Francis arrives to Brazil’s warm embrace

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Pope Francis returned Monday to the warm embrace of Latin America, landing in Brazil to begin his first international trip as pontiff. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff waited on the tarmac […]

07/22/2013

Pope Francis (AP Photo)

Pope wades diplomatically into gay marriage debate

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis waded diplomatically into the gay marriage debate Friday, telling the Archbishop of Canterbury he wants to work together to promote family values “based on marriage.” Francis, who vigorously opposed […]

06/14/2013

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The choreographed election of a pope in a nutshell

Penny and Phil spoke with some experts who shed light on the papal elections going on now in Rome. Click here to listen and learn more about the process.

03/12/2013

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Top contenders to be the next pope

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Cardinals from around the world gather this week in a conclave to elect a new pope. Several names have come up repeatedly as strong contenders. Here is a look at who they are:

03/10/2013

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

Revised statue of John Paul II inaugurated in Rome

ROME (AP) – The city of Rome unveiled a revamped statue of Pope John Paul II on Monday after the first one was pilloried by the public and the Vatican. Artist Oliviero Rainaldi said he […]

11/19/2012