(AP) — Pope Francis says he has thought about when it might be time to 'take leave' of his flock.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — And Francis agrees with his critics who say that a pope can be wrong.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The 'Lettergate' scandal has embarrassed the Vatican's communications operations and fueled the growing chasm between supporters of Francis' pastoral-focused papacy and conservatives who long for the doctrine-minded tenure of Benedict.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The letter was cited by Monsignor Dario Vigano, chief of communications, to rebut critics of Francis who question his theological and philosophical heft and say he represents a rupture from Benedict's doctrine-minded papacy.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) By next month he will have made cardinals in 13 countries who’ve never had them before, including places such as the Pacific island of Tonga, Haiti, and Myanmar.
(RNS) So it turns out Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI was a real catch before he decided to become a priest. What revelations about the passions of popes say about the papacy.
(RNS) Controversy over the so-called Third Secret of Fatima has erupted – yet again. But the real intrigue may lie in new claims that Benedict XVI is still a pope, if not THE pope.
(RNS) Clearly, say those familiar with the pope’s thinking, he is enjoying himself and is willing to go on as long as God sees fit.
(RNS) Many Catholic conservatives argue that Pope Francis doesn’t actually mean what the media and public think he means, and say the pope’s honeymoon will get a cold shower when liberals see that the new pope is just as orthodox as his predecessors.
Many Protestants are warming to Pope Francis. Could this newfound affection lead to mending fences between the estranged Christian bodies?
VATICAN CITY (RNS) In a sign of how much change Pope Francis may usher into the papacy, the spiritual leader of Eastern Orthodoxy will attend Tuesday's installation Mass -- for the first time in more than 1,000 years.
ROME (RNS) "With each conclave, fewer and fewer people will even remember when there was an Italian pope," says La Stampa's Giacomo Galeazzi.
(RNS) The last Pope Benedict to resign, Benedict IX, was an infamous rake who sold the papacy. But like his 21st-century namesake, Benedict IX forces Catholics to mind the gap between the mortal man and the sacred papal office.
(RNS) Pope Benedict XVI never inspired the deep admiration enjoyed by his predecessor, Pope John Paul II, but Americans – and Catholic Americans even more so – still look favorably upon the soon-to-be-former head of the Roman Catholic Church.
A new analysis of Catholic population shifts raises questions about the upcoming papal election.
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