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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

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 Benedict XVI waves to faithful from a balcony upon arrival in Castel Gandolfo on February 28, 2013.   (Photo: VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images)

Pope Benedict XVI Becomes 1st Pontiff In 600 Years To Resign

The Swiss Guards standing at attention in Castel Gandolfo shut the gates of the palazzo shortly after 8 p.m. local time Thursday, symbolically closing the doors on a papacy whose legacy will be most marked by the way it ended.

02/28/2013