Pope Francis on Friday cleared two of the 20th century’s most influential popes to become saints, approving a miracle needed to canonize Pope John Paul II and waiving Vatican rules to honor Pope John XXIII.
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.
Vice President Joe Biden, a Catholic, will be leading the U.S. delegation to the Vatican to watch the investiture ceremony.
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.
New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan spoke with members of the media following the historic election of a new leader for the Catholic Church to share his thoughts on the process and Pope Francis.
Vatican insiders said there is an outside chance that the Archbishop of New York could be elected pope.
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.
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.
Members of the Catholic Church worldwide spent this Sunday worshipping, before cardinals from around the world begin meeting to elect a new pope.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Catholic Church is closely watching the attention Archbishop Timothy Dolan is receiving, praise and adulation one expert says is exactly what it needs right now.
There is warmth and good cheer for Timothy Dolan who will become New York’s newest Cardinal on Saturday. He’s been celebrating Mass at some of the most majestic churches in the Eternal City, and the New York faithful are there with him.