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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

Preparing For The Conclave In The Vatican

Cardinals Hold Discussions In Advance Of Tuesday Conclave

Roman Catholic cardinals have voted to begin their conclave next Tuesday, leaving the weekend and Monday to chit-chat, schmooze, think and pray about the papal election.

03/09/2013

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

Guidebooks, in various languages, are displayed for sale in front of Saint Peter's Square ahead of Pope Benedict XVI's last public audience on Feb. 26, 2013 in Rome, Italy. The Pontiff will hold his last weekly public audience on Feb. 27, 2013 before he retires the following day. Pope Benedict XVI has been the leader of the Catholic Church for eight years and is the first Pope to retire since 1415. He cites ailing health as his reason for retirement and will spend the rest of his life in solitude away from public engagements. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

World Converges On Rome For Benedict XVI’s Farewell To The Papacy

An ancient institution is being challenged by an uncertain situation — the historic resignation of a pope, a man even his critics concede is blessed by a tremendous intellect.

02/26/2013

Pope Benedict XVI (Photo credit: ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images)

Pope Benedict XVI Changes Conclave Rules, Allows Earlier Start

Pope Benedict XVI has changed the rules of the conclave that will elect his successor, allowing cardinals to move up the start date if all of them arrive in Rome before the usual 15-day transition between pontificates.

02/25/2013

Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict XVI Presides Over St. Peter’s Square For The Last Time

Pope Benedict XVI presided over St. Peter’s Square for the last time Sunday, and Roman Catholics in New York and around the world are waiting to find out who will take his place.

02/24/2013

Pope Benedict XVI (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

New Yorkers React To Reports Of Vatican Sex Ring Scandal, Pope’s Resignation

Many New Yorkers at St. Patrick’s Cathedral Saturday – but not all – dismissed the reports that a scandal had a role in the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI.

02/23/2013

Cardinal Timothy Dolan distributes food at a breadline at St. Francis Assisi on Ash Wednesday on Feb. 13, 2013. (credit: Rich Lamb/WCBS 880)

Cardinal Dolan Says He’s Focusing On The Responsibility Of Picking A New Pope

Ash Wednesday is the day when many Christians begin a 40-day period in preparation for Easter. Cardinal Timothy Dolan is also preparing — to travel to Rome, following the historic resignation of the pope.

02/13/2013

View of the official Twitter account of Pope Benedict XVI in Rome on December 3, 2012. (credit: GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

Pope Joins The Masses On Twitter With @Pontifex Handle

The pontiff will tweet in eight languages starting Dec. 12 using his personal handle. He will respond live to questions about faith during his weekly general audience, the Vatican said Monday.

12/03/2012

Cardinal Timothy Dolan

Cardinal Timothy Dolan Reflects On Life-Altering Experience At The Vatican

Cardinal Timothy Dolan reflected on the weekend that saw him honored by the pope and covered by the international media as one of the Catholic Church’s leading voices in the world.

02/20/2012

Pope Benedict XVI (credit: Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images)

Wild Rumored Threats Against Pope Serve As Backdrop For Dolan Pilgrimage To Rome

This week hundreds of New Yorkers are traveling to Rome to witness as Archbishop Timothy Dolan becomes a cardinal. What they’ll find is the “eternal city” buzzing about an alleged plot against Pope Benedict.

02/13/2012