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Pope Francis

Anthony Merejo, Brigid Miniter

2 N.J. Teens Headed To Rome To Be Confirmed Personally By Pope Francis

Two New Jersey teens were set to embark Tuesday on the biggest journey of their lives – a trip to Rome to be confirmed into the Roman Catholic Church by Pope Francis himself.

04/23/2013

Timothy Cardinal Dolan At Christmas Day Mass (credit: CBS 2)

Cardinal Dolan Praises Pope’s Decision To Create Advisory Council

Pope Francis has named eight cardinals from around the world to advise him on reforming and running the Catholic church.

04/14/2013

Cardinal Timothy Dolan on Easter Sunday (credit: Monica Miller/WCBS 880)

Christians Around The World Celebrate Easter

Francis delivered a plea for peace in his first Easter Sunday message to the world, decrying the seemingly endless conflicts in the Middle East and on the Korean peninsula after celebrating Mass along with more than 250,000 faithful.

03/31/2013

Pope Francis Conducts The Palm Sunday Celebrations In St. Peter's Square (credit: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Muslim Leads Hope Pope Francis Sparks Interfaith Dialogue

Pope Francis has inspired excitement not only among the Roman Catholic community, but also the Islamic community, because of the pope’s outreach.

03/30/2013

Pope Francis Celebrates Palm Sunday from St. Peter's Basilica (credit: CBS 2)

Pope Francis Holds Palm Sunday Mass From St. Peter’s

St. Peter’s Square overflowed with some 250,000 pilgrims, tourists and Romans eager to join the new pope at the start of solemn Holy Week ceremonies, which lead up to Easter, Christianity’s most important day.

03/24/2013

Cardinal Timothy Dolan (credit: CBS 2)

Cardinal Dolan Returns From Vatican With Higher Profile Than Ever

He missed St. Patrick’s Day, but Cardinal Dolan returned home in time for Easter. After 23 days in Rome, Dolan’s status as a Catholic Church leader has risen to new heights.

03/22/2013

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

Pope Francis delivers first homily since being elected pope March 17, 2013 (credit: CBS 2)

Pope Francis Begins Papacy, Holds First Sunday Mass From St. Peter’s

Breaking with tradition, Pope Francis delivered off-the-cuff remarks about God’s power to forgive instead of reading from a written speech for the first Sunday window appearance of his papacy.

03/17/2013

Pope Francis delivers his Angelus prayer and blessing to the pilgrims gathered in St Peter’s Square on March 17, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. The Vatican is preparing for the inauguration of Pope Francis on March 19, 2013 in St Peter's Square. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

NJ Rep. Smith Leads Ten-Member Congressional Delegation To Vatican

Vice President Joe Biden, a Catholic, will be leading the U.S. delegation to the Vatican to watch the investiture ceremony.

03/17/2013

VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - MARCH 16:  A journalist kisses newly elected Pope Francis during his first audience with journalists and media inside the Paul VI hall on March 16, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. The pope thanked the media for their coverage during the historic transition of the papacy and explained his vision of the future for the Catholic Church.  (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

Pope Francis Sets Warm Tone During Meeting With Members Of The Press

Prior to meeting with the press Pope Francis prayed privately in the Vatican Gardens. He ended Saturday’s audience with a blessing for journalists and their families.

03/16/2013

Pope Francis Cookie from Artuso Pastry Shop in the Bronx (credit: Sean Adams / WCBS 880)

Pope Francis Inspires Bronx Baker To Give Away Special Cookies For Free

Joseph Artuso crafted a sugary salute to the Holy Father – an image of Pope Francis printed with food coloring ink on sugar paper atop a black and white cookie.

03/15/2013

Nuns stand on St Peter's square to watch the first mass by Pope Francis on a giant screen on March 14, 2013 at the Vatican. (Photo by JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)

Jesuits Now In The Spotlight Thanks To The Election Of Pope Francis

Pope Francis is largely expected to stay the course when it comes to issues like abortion and homosexuality, but his background suggests a possible shift to the left on matters concerning world economic policy.

03/14/2013

Faithful stand on St Peter's square to watch the first mass by Pope Francis on a giant screen on March 14, 2013 at the Vatican. (Photo by JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)

Pope Francis Delivers Informal Homily In First Mass As Pontiff

Francis showed how different he would be as a pastor, giving an off-the-cuff homily about the need to walk with God, build up his church and confess and at one point, referring to children building sand castles on the beach.

03/14/2013

Pope Francis addresses the crowd gathered in St. Peter's Square in Vatican City - March 13, 2013 (credit: FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)

What Does Pope Francis Mean For The Church?

Reverend Luke Sweeney from the Archdiocese of New York joined The Couch, alongside TV 10-55’s Mary Calvi, who has covered the Church extensively.

03/14/2013

Pope Francis addresses the crowd gathered in St. Peter's Square in Vatican City - March 13, 2013 (credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Westchester Catholics Celebrate Election Of New Pope

Excitement and curiosity filled the hearts of Catholics attending morning Mass at the Church of the Sacred Heart in Port Chester.

03/14/2013

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