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Despite the openness of American cardinals to the media, the likeliness of a U.S. pope is very slim. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

U.S. Cardinals Dominate Media Attention In ‘Silent’ Vatican, Diminish Likelihood Of American Pope

The two American cardinals sat on the stage, microphones in hand, fielding questions from the world’s news media on everything from the delayed arrival of some of their colleagues to their own wardrobe choices if elected pope.


ROME, ITALY - FEBRUARY 28:  A helicopter carrying Pope Benedict XVI passes St Peter's Basilica as he leaves Vatican City on February 28, 2013 in Rome, Italy. The Pontiff is flying to Castel Gandolfo where he will cease to be Pope at 8:00pm local time. Pope Benedict XVI has been the leader of the Catholic Church for eight years and is the first Pope to retire since 1415. He will stay at the Papal Summer residence of Castel Gandolfo until renovations are complete at a monastery in the grounds of the Vatican and will be known as  Roman pontiff emeritus or pope emeritus.  (Credit: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

Pope Leaves Vatican For Last Time As Leader Of Catholic Church

Pope Benedict XVI has left the Vatican as the leader of the Catholic Church for the last time.


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Pope Benedict XVI Successor May Be First Non-European Supreme Pontiff

Many believe the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI will usher in a major racial shift atop the church.


File photo of a priest wearing a collar. (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Feds: ‘Monsignor Meth’ Dealt Drug, Bought Sex Shop

To onlookers, Monsignor Kevin Wallin’s fall from grace at his Connecticut parish was like something out of “Breaking Bad,” the television series about a high school chemistry teacher who becomes a methamphetamine lord.


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Opinion: Churches Shouldn’t Be The Next Super PACs

It is time to end the tax exempt status of religious organizations that advocated for a partisan candidate.


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Maryland Priest Defends Decision To Deny Communion To Lesbian At Funeral

A Gaithersburg priest is defending his decision to deny Communion to a woman at a funeral Mass because she is a lesbian. The priest has since been suspended.


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Archdiocese Apologizes To Lesbian Denied Communion At Mother’s Funeral

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington has apologized to a woman who was denied Holy Communion at her mother’s funeral Mass because she is a lesbian.


President Barack Obama delivers remarks on the No Child Left Behind law in the East Room of the White House on Feb. 9, 2012 in Washington, D.C. (credit: Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)

Obama Offers Birth Control Policy Compromise After Backlash

President Obama could announce as soon as today new guidelines on his birth control policy for religious institutions, CBS News has learned.


During his latest string of campaign stops, Mitt Romney is focusing on attracting more social conservatives, talking more about religious freedoms and gay marriage in his attempt to win the Republican presidential nomination. (credit: EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

Romney Intensifies Fight For Social Conservatives

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney set aside his focus on the economy in recent days and shifted to abortion, religious freedom and gay marriage, part of an intensified effort to win over social conservatives in GOP caucuses in Colorado and Minnesota on Tuesday.