The Pope en In Cuba, expecting Pope Benedict XVI HAVANA — By reputation, Pope Benedict XVI is known as an ecclesiastical conservative, a man who hews close to church doctrine when it comes to matters of faith and Catholic tradition.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> The Pope World Religion Cuba Tue, 20 Mar 2012 10:00:23 +0000 Nick Miroff 5696767 at Hugo Chavez back in Cuba for radiotherapy The timing of Chavez's treatment in Cuba — coinciding with the pope's visit to the island — could not be better to cement the Venezuelan president's Catholic credentials ahead of a general election.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Hugo Chavez The Pope Cuba Venezuela Que pasa Mon, 26 Mar 2012 18:33:53 +0000 Girish Gupta 5697760 at German satire magazine suggests pope has his own 'Vatileak' The offending picture shows the pope wearing a white cassock which is soiled at crotch level. The headline reads: "Hallelujah in the Vatican: The leak is found!"<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> media freedom The Pope The Vatican Germany World Religion Weird Wide Web Wed, 11 Jul 2012 16:44:21 +0000 Jessica Phelan 5711396 at Pope retweeted more than Justin Bieber, Vatican says The Vatican newspaper said the Pope had 2.1 million Twitter followers, just eight days after sending his first tweet.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> The Pope Italy Thu, 20 Dec 2012 22:59:00 +0000 Jennifer Mattson 5729857 at Pope’s dove of peace attacked by seagull At the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI released his dove of peace, only to see it attacked by a seagull.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> The Pope Italy Weird Wide Web Tue, 29 Jan 2013 21:54:00 +0000 Jennifer Mattson 5741253 at Chatter: The pope has quit The Vatican makes a surprise announcement, there's a mining disaster in Russia, Europe's horsemeat scandal trots on, and the world's largest crocodile is an ex-largest crocodile.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> The Pope World Leaders World Religion Chatter Mon, 11 Feb 2013 11:56:59 +0000 Jessica Phelan 5752542 at Goodbye, Pope Benedict XVI: Some of us will miss you After the pope's resignation was announced Monday morning — mind you, not on Twitter — the faithful sent multilingual thanks and prayers to his @pontifex handle. But they had an uphill climb to compete with the deluge of snark, puns, and vitriol also sent the Pope's way.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa The Pope Americas Want to Know Europe World Religion Italy Mon, 11 Feb 2013 13:14:00 +0000 Lizzy Tomei 5752613 at Pope Benedict XVI, 2005-2013 <p>Now 85, the Pope says he is too old to continue leading the Roman Catholic Church.</p> The Pope World Leaders World Religion Mon, 11 Feb 2013 14:02:04 +0000 Jessica Phelan 5752692 at Chatter: Pope Benedict speaks The pope address his flock for the first time since his shock announcement, President Obama tells the Union what's up, and zombies are attacking Montana - not.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> The Pope World Leaders World Religion Chatter Wed, 13 Feb 2013 12:04:30 +0000 Jessica Phelan 5754269 at An African pope? Don't bet on it <p>VATICAN CITY &mdash; Pope Benedict&#39;s impending resignation has Catholics everywhere speculating about his successor and where he&#39;ll be from.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Argentina BeNeLux Ghana Need to Know The Pope World Leaders France Brazil Germany World Religion Ireland Italy Spain Mexico Philippines Sat, 16 Feb 2013 16:41:05 +0000 Paul Ames 5757037 at Chatter: Bye-bye, Benedict Benedict XVI gives his last ever public address as pope, Iran says it will keep talking about its nuclear program, there's a deadly shooting at a Swiss factory, and how well do you know the rules of Yeti hunting?<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> The Pope World Leaders World Religion Chatter Wed, 27 Feb 2013 12:02:42 +0000 Jessica Phelan 5768358 at Fun Fact of the Day: Hunger Games, Vaticano style While this gradual starvation of cardinals as impetus to make a decision is perhaps a necessary evil, we still aren't sure that forcing such a momentous decision on a group of hungry older gentlemen is necessarily the most logical option. <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> papal conclave Quick Click The Pope Quick Click Europe World Religion Italy Tue, 12 Mar 2013 15:00:00 +0000 Katrine Dermody 5780660 at Act of God of the Day: Chavez nudges Christ to pick South American pope According to Venezuela's acting President, Nicolas Maduro, when it came down to choosing the next Pope, the late Chavez gave his pal, Christ, some direction — in a southward trajectory, to be specific.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Argentina Hugo Chavez Quick Click The Pope Quick Click World Religion Italy Thu, 14 Mar 2013 18:43:00 +0000 Katrine Dermody 5783634 at Jesuit priests in Ireland see hope in Francis <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The election of the first-ever Jesuit pope signifies a desire for change in the church, say Irish priests. Can Francis avoid becoming a 'prisoner' of the Vatican? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Megan O&#039;Neill and Paresh Dave </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>DUBLIN — The morning after being selected to lead the world's 1.2 billion Catholics, Pope Francis returned to the Roman hotel where he stayed during the conclave to retrieve his luggage and pay his bill.</p> <p>It was one of the new pontiff's personal, everyman gestures that drew notice from Jesuit priests in <a href="">Ireland</a>. They see in Francis a leader, shaped by the Jesuit tradition, capable of reorienting the Catholic Church's relationship with its members.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> The Pope Belief Ireland Fri, 15 Mar 2013 13:36:49 +0000 Megan O&#039;Neill and Paresh Dave 5784451 at Pope Francis calls for 'poor Church for the poor' at debut audience The papal name that Jorge Mario Bergoglio chose is a symbol of his vision for the Church: St Francis of Assisi is "the man of poverty, the man of peace, the man who loves and protects others," the new pope explained.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Need to Know The Pope World Leaders World Religion Sat, 16 Mar 2013 15:23:00 +0000 Jessica Phelan 5785386 at