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Italian cardinal Angelo Sodano (R) puts the Fisherman's Ring, made of gold-plated silver, on a finger of Pope Francis during his grandiose inauguration mass on March 19, 2013 at the Vatican. (Photo by ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images)

Pope Francis Officially Begins Ministry With Installation Mass

Pope Francis urged princes, presidents, sheiks and thousands of ordinary people to protect the environment, the weakest and the poorest, mapping out a clear focus of his priorities as leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics.

03/19/2013

Newly elected Pope Francis I appears on the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica on March 13, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected as the 266th Pontiff and will lead the world's 1.2 billion Catholics.  (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

New Pope, Francis, Known As Humble Man With A Focus On Social Outreach

The new pope, who will be known as Francis, is known as a humble man who denied himself the luxuries that previous Buenos Aires cardinals enjoyed.

03/13/2013

Newly elected Pope Francis I appears on the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica on March 13, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

Argentine Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio Elected, Takes Name Pope Francis

Argentine Jorge Bergoglio has been elected pope, the first ever from the Americas and the first from outside Europe in more than a millennium.

03/13/2013

Cardinal Timothy Dolan (C) chats with colleagues on the eve of the start of a conclave on March 11, 2013 at the Vatican. (Photo by JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)

Vatican City Gears Up As Cardinals Hold Final Talks On Eve Of Papal Conclave

On Tuesday afternoon, Cardinal Dolan and 114 other princes of the Church will enter the world-famous Sistine Chapel, which has been transformed into a papal polling place.

03/11/2013

Pilgrims stand in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on March 4,2013. (Photo: FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)

Cardinals In No Rush To Begin Conclave, Elect Benedict XVI’s Successor

The Sistine Chapel was closed Tuesday as the Vatican prepared to elect a new pope. But not all the cardinals who will vote have arrived in Rome.

03/05/2013

Cardinals Timothy Dolan (R) and Justin Francis Rigali arrives for talks ahead of a conclave to elect a new pope on March 4, 2013 at the Vatican. (Photo: VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images)

Cardinals Begin Pre-Conclave Meetings At The Vatican

New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan was among 103 of the 115 electors who arrived at the Vatican Monday morning, while the other dozen are en route.

03/04/2013

People pass by a placard of the city of Rome in homage to Pope Benedict XVI on March 1, 2013 (Photo: GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

Dolan, Other Cardinals Say They Have Short List For The Next Pope

The papal succession process will start on Monday. That’s when cardinals will gather in Rome for formal meetings to set a conclave date to elect the next pope.

03/01/2013

Pope John Paul II waves from the gangway of his plane - Damascus, Syria - May 8, 2001 - Photo: NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images

Pope Benedict XVI Approves Miracle For John Paul II

Pope Benedict XVI declared in a decree that a French nun’s recovery from Parkinson’s disease was miraculous, the last step needed for the beloved pontiff’s beatification.

01/14/2011