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The international media are focused on a smokestack above the Sistine Chapel, waiting for white smoke to signal the election of a new pope. As usual, however, the media are looking at the Roman Catholic Church through the wrong end of the telescope. The...
VATICAN CITY -- Roman Catholic cardinals were set to begin a ritualized process Tuesday to decide who will lead 1.2 billion followers around the world, cloistering themselves as they choose the next pope. The 115 cardinal electors were expected to...
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I told you so! Five years ago in this column I wrote: Religion may be hazardous to your health! Now I'll do one better: Religion is hazardous to your health! Let's consider the three Abrahamic religions: Islam, Christianity, and Judaism. ...
Tags: Jesus Christ, Christian Orthodoxy, Islam, Politics, Judaism
The 115 Roman Catholic cardinals who are about to elect the next pope took different roads to Rome. Some prepared for the priesthood as proteges of renowned prelates. Others followed an academic path, becoming scholars of theology, literature or canon...
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Re "What we need in a pope," Opinion, March 3 The several different opinions by Roman Catholics collected and published by The Times on the hoped-for qualities of the next pope encompass a wide spectrum. But reading these short Op-Ed pieces, one...
VATICAN CITY -- Nearly a month after Pope Benedict XVI announced his surprise decision to retire, Roman Catholic cardinals on Friday said they will begin voting to choose his replacement on Tuesday. That means 115 cardinals who were under the age of...
ROME -- Days away from entering the Sistine Chapel to help pick a new pope, Cardinal Roger Mahony on Friday called on Christians to embrace forgiveness and lamented the enmity and isolation that he said were at the root of such problems as gangs, hate...
FrameworkMonday's Pictures in the News begins at the Vatican, where cardinals from around the world have gathered for their first round of meetings before the conclave to elect the next pope after Benedict XVI's decision to retire....
ROME — Days before Pope Benedict XVI resigned and Roman Catholic cardinals descended on Rome to select his successor, Scottish Cardinal Keith O'Brien was, for all intents and purposes, fired. As one of the cardinal electors for the next pope, O'...
VATICAN CITY -- A day after the U.S. delegation shut down its popular daily media briefing, the Vatican continued to struggle Thursday to stem the tide of leaks to Italian media, allegedly by cardinals gathered for private meetings ahead of their...
I recently read where the most-bet-upon nonsporting event is the picking of the new pope. That seems so wrong. The cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church are meeting at the Vatican in prayerful consideration of who should succeed Pope Benedict XVI,...
SOUTH BEND — Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Catholic archbishop of New York and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, will be the principal speaker and recipient of an honorary degree at the University of Notre Dame’s commencement...
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