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Pope Francis hailed, urged to work for peace
Pope Francis hailed, urged to work for peace

World leaders and Catholics hailed the election of Jorge Bergoglio from Argentina as the first Latin American pope on Wednesday, urging him to work for religious reconciliation and peace.

Pope Francis hailed, urged to work for peace
Newly elected Pope Francis, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina. ©REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
Argentina's Bergoglio elected first Latin American pope

Argentina's Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected Pope Francis on Wednesday, becoming the first Latin American pontiff in an astonishing decision that raises hopes of greater openness for the troubled Catholic Church.

Argentina's Bergoglio elected first Latin American pope
All eyes on Vatican chimney as world awaits new pope
All eyes on Vatican chimney as world awaits new pope

Cardinals prepared for a second day of conclave behind the Vatican's walls to elect a pope on Wednesday, with all eyes on a chimney that will signal when there is a new leader for the world's 1.2 billion Catholics.

All eyes on Vatican chimney as world awaits new pope
Odds stacked against an Asian pope
Odds stacked against an Asian pope

Catholics in Asia and other parts of the world where the Roman Catholic Church is growing fast would dearly like to see the cardinals choose an Asian pope for the first time in history.

Odds stacked against an Asian pope
Breaking the silence -- secrets of the pope elections
Breaking the silence -- secrets of the pope elections

The conclaves of cardinals which elect a new pope are laden with rituals and shrouded in secrecy, but tantalising details have emerged from previous votes of what really happens behind the sealed doors of the Sistine Chapel.

Breaking the silence -- secrets of the pope elections
Vatican readies Sistine Chapel for conclave to elect pope
Vatican readies Sistine Chapel for conclave to elect pope

Vatican workers made final preparations in the Sistine Chapel on Saturday after Roman Catholic cardinals voted to begin their conclave to elect a new pope under Michelangelo's famous frescoes next week.

Vatican readies Sistine Chapel for conclave to elect pope
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Vatican, Iran resist UN effort fighting violence on women

The Vatican, Iran and other religious states are resisting efforts by a UN conference, which started Monday, to demand tougher global standards to prevent violence against women and children.

Vatican, Iran resist UN effort fighting violence on women
Cardinals to begin pre-conclave talks in Vatican
Cardinals to begin pre-conclave talks in Vatican

Catholic cardinals begin talks on Monday ahead of a conclave to elect the next pope, following Benedict XVI's historic resignation, as a British cardinal not in attendance admitted to sexual misconduct with priests.

Cardinals to begin pre-conclave talks in Vatican
Cardinals look to conclave as Benedict begins quiet life
Cardinals look to conclave as Benedict begins quiet life

Cardinals from around the world were summoned Friday to meetings that will set a date for a conclave to elect a new pope, as Benedict XVI settled into a pensioner's life after becoming the first pontiff to resign in more than 700 years.

Cardinals look to conclave as Benedict begins quiet life
Pope readies for final audience on resignation eve
Pope readies for final audience on resignation eve

Pope Benedict XVI will hold the last audience of his pontificate in St Peter's Square on Wednesday on the eve of his historic resignation as leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics.

Pope readies for final audience on resignation eve
Pope accelerated LatAm church's right turn: analysts
Pope accelerated LatAm church's right turn: analysts

Benedict XVI's legacy in Latin America, the world's most Catholic region, is marked by a victory of conservative theology and the demise of home-grown leftist religious thought.

Pope accelerated LatAm church's right turn: analysts
Will the next pope be Italian?
Will the next pope be Italian?

After a Pole and a German, will the Roman Catholic Church revert to an Italian leader once again?

Will the next pope be Italian?
Historic week looms for Vatican with papal resignation
Historic week looms for Vatican with papal resignation

Pope Benedict XVI's final Sunday prayers in St Peter's Square will signal the start of a week in the Vatican that will make history with the first voluntary papal resignation in more than 700 years.

Historic week looms for Vatican with papal resignation
Vatican's popeless interim -- the 'Sede Vacante'
Vatican's popeless interim -- the 'Sede Vacante'

After the pope's resignation on Thursday the Catholic Church will enter a period known as "Sede Vacante" ("Vacant Seat") in which a cardinal takes over interim powers before a new pope is elected.

Vatican's popeless interim -- the 'Sede Vacante'
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Pedophilia scandals weigh on body to elect next pope

Activists fighting for truth and justice for victims of sexual abuse by Catholic priests hold out little hope for progress under the next pope as controversy brews over a US cardinal who covered up for predator clerics.

Pedophilia scandals weigh on body to elect next pope
Resigning pope to impart wisdom after emotional mass
Resigning pope to impart wisdom after emotional mass

Pope Benedict XVI will address a group of parish priests from Rome, a day after emotional scenes at his final papal mass in public in St Peter's Basilica.

Resigning pope to impart wisdom after emotional mass
Outgoing pope prepares for monk's life in Vatican
Outgoing pope prepares for monk's life in Vatican

Pope Benedict XVI, who has announced he will resign on February 28, will retire to a monastery tucked away inside the historic walls of the Holy See: so once the new pope is elected.

Outgoing pope prepares for monk's life in Vatican
Shocked world media speculates on pope's successor
Shocked world media speculates on pope's successor

The world's media Tuesday speculated on whether the next pontiff may come from the developing world, while paying mixed tributes to Pope Benedict XVI following his shock resignation announcement.

Shocked world media speculates on pope's successor
Pope announces resignation in historic move
Pope announces resignation in historic move

Pope Benedict XVI announced he will resign as leader of the world's 1.1 billion Catholics on February 28 because his age prevented him from carrying out his duties -- an unprecedented move in the modern history of the Catholic Church.

Pope announces resignation in historic move
Vatican backs Monti, the anti-Berlusconi
Vatican backs Monti, the anti-Berlusconi

The Vatican has thrown its weight behind outgoing prime minister Mario Monti, ditching the scandal-hit Silvio Berlusconi in favour of a practising Catholic they hope may lead Italy after February's general election.

Vatican backs Monti, the anti-Berlusconi