Pope Francis

Pope Francis prays at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre on May 25, 2014, in Jerusalem, Israel. (Credit: Getty Images)

Israeli, Palestinian Leaders Accept Pope’s Vatican Invitation

Pope Francis took a dramatic plunge Sunday into Mideast politics while on his Holy Land pilgrimage, receiving an acceptance from the Israeli and Palestinian presidents to visit him at the Vatican next month to discuss embattled peace efforts.

05/25/2014

Pope Francis Visits Assisi

Pope Frances Embarks On Trip To Middle East

The pope started his historic trip to the Middle East, arriving first in Jordan.

05/24/2014

Pope Francis (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

Pope Francis To Head To Jordan, Israel, Palestinian Territories In Historic Trip

From Jordan, to the streets of Old Jerusalem, and a refugee camp in the West Bank, final preparations are being made for Pope Francis’s historic three-day pilgrimage.

05/23/2014

A man walks past posters announcing the double canonization of Popes John Paul II and John XXIII on April 24, 2014, in Rome. (credit: Getty Images)

Thousands Pack St. Peter’s Square For Canonization Of John XXIII and John Paul II

Generations of church history have passed, but Catholicism has never seen a ceremony like the one that enrolled John XXIII and John Paul II as saints.

04/27/2014

Archbishop of New York cardinal Timothy Dolan arrives at the Paul VI hall for the opening of the Cardinals' Congregations on March 4, 2013 in Vatican City. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

Catholic Group Launches Ad Blitz Featuring Cardinal Dolan To Lure Faithful Back To Pews

Despite the pontiff’s popularity, surveys show church attendance has not increased in the year Francis has been pope.

04/22/2014

Students at St. Joseph's Academy In Bogota, N.J. reenact the Stations of the Cross (Credit: CBS 2)

Tri-State Area Residents Observe Easter Week Traditions

Cardinal Dolan sheds light on the Holy Thursday tradition of the washing of the feet as a New Jersey Catholic school reenacts the Stations of the Cross.

04/17/2014

Pope Francis (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

Pope Francis Asks For Forgiveness Of Those Sexually Abused By Priests

Pope Francis made the off-the-cuff remarks after coming under criticism from victims’ advocacy groups for a perceived lack of attention to the problem and ongoing demands that he sanction bishops who covered up for pedophiles.

04/11/2014

Derek Jeter shakes hands with reporters and Obama administration staffers outside the West Wing of the White House on April 26, 2010. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Palladino: Derek Jeter, World’s 11th Greatest Leader? Sure, Why Not?

There are different kinds of leaders, after all. And the Yankees captain did his thing as well as any of the others on Fortune Magazine’s list did theirs.

03/28/2014

Pope Francis outside Rome on the one-year anniversary of his installation. (Credit: CBS 2)

Pope Francis Remains Humble One Year In

Pope Francis spent his one-year anniversary Thursday in prayer – staying in a sparsely-furnished room on a retreat with priests outside Rome.

03/13/2014

Pope Francis (R) is greeted by Pope emeritus Benedict XVI (L) as he leaves after appointing new cardinals at the consistory in the St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on February 22, 2014. (credit: VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images)

Cardinal Dolan Reacts To Historic Ceremony As Pope Emeritus Arrives At St. Peter’s Basilica

Saturday marked the first time ever a past pope, a present pope and a number of cardinals who may be the next pope were all gathered together.

02/24/2014

Pope Francis waves after his general audience in St Peter's square at the Vatican on September 18, 2013  (credit: TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images)

Report: Pope Francis May Visit U.S. In Sept. 2015

“On background, Vatican officials are saying that Pope Francis has indicated that he wants to come to the United States in September 2015,” John Allen the National Catholic Reporter said.

01/24/2014

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, depart The Lindo Wing with their newborn son at St Mary's Hospital on July 23, 2013 in London, England. (credit: Scott Heavey/Getty Images)

The Top 13 ‘Talkers’ Of 2013

Of all the stories that made headlines this year, these kept you talking for days. It was difficult to limit this list to 13, but we did our best. We hope you enjoy taking a look back of some of the events that we were glued to over the past 12 months.

12/31/2013

A runner dons a 'Boston Strong' shirt while waving an American flag. (credit: Monica Miller)

The Top 13 News Stories Of 2013

We have a new pope, a new mayor-elect and more time to enjoy those large, sugary drinks. Here are our picks for the 13 biggest news stories from 2013, in order of when they occurred.

12/31/2013

Pope Francis delivers his Christmas Day message from the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica on December 25, 2013 in Vatican City. (credit: Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

Pope Francis Celebrates First Christmas As Pontiff

Francis spoke from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica to some 70,000 cheering tourists, pilgrims and Romans in the square below. He said he was joining all those hoping “for a better world.”

12/25/2013

Pope Francis named Time magazine's Person of the Year. (credit: Time)

Pope Francis Is Time’s Person of the Year

In only his first year, the pope was selected by the magazine’s editors as the person who had the greatest impact on the world, for good or bad, during 2013.

12/11/2013

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