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Three urns designed by artist Cecco Bonanotte to be used to collect ballots during the Vatican conclave. (AP Photo)

Black smoke from chapel chimney: No pope yet

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Black smoke has poured from the Sistine Chapel chimney, signaling that cardinals have failed to elect a pope on their first try. See a video clip here.

03/12/2013

(AP Photo)

Cardinals count down to conclave with final talks

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Cardinals gathered for their final day of talks Monday before the conclave to elect the next pope, amid debate over whether the Catholic Church needs more of a manager pope to clean up the Vatican or a pastoral pope.

03/11/2013

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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 greets crowd from window at Castel Gandolfo after leaving the Vatican, Castelgandolfo, Italy. (AP Photo)

Benedict becomes 1st pope in 600 years to resign

CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy (AP) — Pope Benedict XVI left the Catholic Church in unprecedented limbo Thursday as he became the first pope in 600 years to resign, capping a tearful day of farewells that included an extraordinary pledge of obedience to his successor.

02/28/2013

Pope Benedict XVI holds the ostensory, New Year's Eve service, Vatican (AP Photo)

Vatican blasts ‘false’ pre-conclave reporting

VATICAN CITY (AP) – The Vatican lashed out Saturday at the media for what it said has been a run of defamatory and false reports before the conclave to elect Pope Benedict XVI’s successor, saying they were an attempt to influence the election.

02/23/2013

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

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

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

Vatican: Savile's papal honor cannot be removed

LONDON (AP) – The Vatican said Saturday it never would have given Jimmy Savile his papal knighthood had it known of allegations the British TV star was a child sex predator, but that it can’t […]

10/27/2012

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