Signs line a wall in Rome welcoming Pope Frances. RNS photo by David Gibson

Pope Francis signals new course for the papacy

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Ahead of his formal installation on Tuesday, Pope Francis is continuing to send clear signals that he intends to lead a papacy markedly different from his predecessor’s reign — and perhaps different from that of any other pope in modern times.

Cardinal Sean P.  O’Malley celebrates Sunday Mass at the Pontifical North American College March 3, 2013. RNS photo by Gregory L. Tracy/The Pilot.

Habemus Papam: Idiot’s Guide to Latin

The new pope’s first name is actually announced in Latin (this is the Vatican, after all), so if you want to be fully prepped, our friends at Catholic News Service have prepared a list of all the cardinals’ names in Latin.

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Catholic bishops reject new contraception proposals

(RNS) The nation’s Catholic bishops on Thursday (Feb. 7) rejected the Obama administration’s latest proposals to broaden the religious exemptions and accommodations in regulations that will require insurance companies or employers to provide free birth control coverage.