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SOUND OFF: Your Reaction To The Election Of Pope Francis

Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina has been elected the new leader of the Catholic church and has chosen the name Pope Francis.

03/13/2013

Cardinal Edward Egan in Vatican City - March 4, 2013 (credit: VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images)

LISTEN: Cardinal Edward Egan Outlines Five Qualifications For New Pope

He said that while the times certainly dictate what is needed in the leader of the Catholic church, there are what he called “five basic qualities” that they should look for.

03/13/2013

Black smoke rises from the chimney on the roof of the Sistine Chapel meaning that cardinals failed to elect a new pope in the first ballot of their secret conclave on  March 12, 2013 at the Vatican. (credit: VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images)

Black Smoke Emerges From Sistine Chapel Chimney; No Pope Selected On Day 1 Of Conclave

Black smoke emerged from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel, signaling that a decision had not yet been made. The conclave will resume on Wednesday.

03/12/2013

Patrick Dolan (L), Cardinal Timothy Dolan (R) (credit: CBS 2 | Getty Images)

EXCLUSIVE: Cardinal Dolan’s Brother Says N.Y. Archbishop ‘Fits The Bill’ For Pope

Vatican insiders said there is an outside chance that the Archbishop of New York could be elected pope.

03/12/2013

Students who go to Immaculate Conception School in Tuckahoe, N.Y. take the papal conclave and its historical ramifications very seriously. (Photo: CBS 2)

Tri-State Area Students Soaking In The History Being Made At Papal Conclave

Inside the seventh grade religion class at Immaculate Conception School in Tuckahoe, the teacher took the students through the news accounts from Vatican City, where the cardinals failed on the first day of conclave to elect a new pope.

03/12/2013

Birds fly over the chimney on the roof of the Sistine Chapel on March 12, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

Vatican Blog: How Church Officials Plan To Signal A New Pope

Officials at the Vatican promise that in this conclave there will be no ambiguity. When a new pope is elected, the smoke will be white and it will be accompanied by a chorus of bells ringing out across the Vatican and Rome itself.

03/12/2013

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

Archbishop of New York cardinal Timothy Dolan (C) attends a meeting of prayer at St. Peter's Basilica with cardinals gathered in Rome for the conlave on March 6, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

Catholics Everywhere Buzzing As Cardinals Pick March 12 As Conclave Start Date

The cardinals will continue pre-conclave discussions on Saturday and Monday. They will take Sunday off to celebrate Mass at churches across Rome.

03/08/2013

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

Cardinal Timothy Dolan (credit: CBS 2)

Cardinal Dolan Prepares For Conclave To Elect New Pope

Last week, Pope Benedict XVI stepped down, making him the first pope in 600 years to retire from the papacy. The Catholic church is temporarily without a leader.

03/03/2013

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

Pope Benedict XVI attends a meeting with his cardinals during a farewell ceremony in the Clementine Hall of the Vatican's Apostolic Palace on February 28, 2013 in Vatican City. (credit: L'Osservatore Romano - Vatican Pool via Getty Images)

Experts Weigh In On Implications Of Choosing Successor For Pope Benedict

Moments after Pope Benedict’s resignation took effect, the wheels of the church began to turn.

02/28/2013

Mayor Ed Koch

Audiofile: February – The Month In Sound

The shortest month of the year was jam-packed with news.

02/28/2013

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