Jews worldwide see an ally in Pope Francis
(RNS) Jews worldwide welcomed newly elected Pope Francis as a friend on Wednesday (March 13), and pointed in particular to his sympathetic and strong reaction to the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center in his native Argentina — the deadliest bombing in the country’s history.
Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio elected as Pope Francis
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected as Pope Francis on Wednesday after only two days of voting in the conclave tasked with choosing a successor to Pope Benedict XVI.
David Gibson talking to NPR about the ‘Sweet Sistine’
Religion News Service reporter David Gibson was interviewed on NPR’s Here and Now about our Sweet Sistine “Pope Madness” tournament. Audio courtesy Here and Now http://soundcloud.com/hereandnowradio/religion-news-service-holds Add to Favorite Articles
Black smoke: First day of conclave ends without new pope
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Black smoke from the chimney atop the Sistine Chapel signaled that the first day of the conclave ended without the election of a new pope.
Wanted: CEO pope to clean up unholy mess at Vatican
(RNS) The Catholic Church needs a strong manager to govern Vatican bureaucratic chaos. Who are cardinals who could crack the whip?
ANALYSIS: Papal election is anyone’s to win … or lose
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Everyone gathered around the papal conclave had theories, many had favorites, and most declared it all so unpredictable that the winner – or even how long it would take to find him – was anybody’s guess.
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.
Vatican makes final preparations for papal conclave
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI’s former personal secretary will return to Rome to assist the opening of the papal election in the Sistine Chapel, highlighting the unprecedented situation created by the resignation of a living pope.
What Muslims want in a new pope
(RNS) The selection of the 266th pope comes at a critical juncture in Muslim-Catholic relations, which have been marred by persecution of Christians in the Muslim world, Islamophobia in Western countries and rioting between Muslims and Christians across Africa.
ANALYSIS: The ‘tough guy’ option: Picking a pope to serve as sheriff
VATICAN CITY (RNS) One reason why conservatives are seeking a hard-liner pope is that Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger turned out to be more of a papal pussycat as Pope Benedict XVI than the watchdog of orthodoxy that he had been for decades under John Paul II.
Sistine Chapel plays a key role in electing a new pope
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The tradition of voting for the new pontiff in the Sistine Chapel dates back to the Renaissance, but the location of the voting didn’t become a fixed feature of the conclaves until the 19th century — and only with John Paul II’s rules did the Sistine Chapel become the official theater of papal elections.
Sweet Sistine update: The Final Two (Holy) Fathers
(RNS) Our Sweet Sistine Pope Madness tournament is down to its final two bishops. Who will be the People’s Pope, the Bishop of the Bracket, the Victorious Vicar?!?