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Cardinal Wuerl will help oversee the selection of new Catholic bishops. (Getty Images)

Pope Francis Appoints Cardinal Wuerl To Congregation For Bishops

Wuerl joins the influential Vatican office that evaluates and nominates candidates for bishop around the world.

12/17/2013

Signaling a dramatic shift in Vatican tone, Pope Francis said the Catholic Church had become obsessed by "small-minded rules" about how to be faithful and that pastors should instead emphasize compassion over condemnation when discussing divisive social issues of abortion, gays and contraception. (TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images)

Study: ‘Francis’ Effect Massive In Italy

A new study has found that “hundreds of thousands” of Italians have returned to the practice of Catholicism because of the new pope.

11/12/2013

Vice President Joe Biden will lead the U.S. delegation to newly elected Pope Francis' installation in Rome. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

White House Source: VP Biden To Lead US Delegation For New Pope In Rome

Vice President Joe Biden will lead the U.S. delegation to newly elected Pope Francis’ installation in Rome.

03/13/2013

Argentina's Jorge Bergoglio, elected Pope Francis I, appears at the window of St Peter's Basilica's balcony after being elected the 266th pope of the Roman Catholic Church on March 13, 2013 at the Vatican. (credit: VINCENZO PINTO,VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images)

Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio From Argentina Elected New Pope

Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio from Argentina has been elected the new leader of the Catholic Church.

03/13/2013

Black smoke rises from the chimney on the roof of the Sistine Chapel meaning that cardinals failed to elect a new pope in the second ballot of their secret conclave at the Vatican. (credit: VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images)

Black Smoke From Sistine Chapel: No Pope Yet

It was certainly black smoke, but there was some confusion at first because as it poured out of the Sistine Chapel’s chimney stack. The smoke looked gray and it took a little time for it to come out black as the chemicals added to make it darker ignited.

03/13/2013

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.

03/05/2013

File photo of Pope Benedict XVI. (Photo by ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/GettyImages)

Pope Shocked By ‘Senseless Violence’ In Colo. Shooting

Pope Benedict XVI says he’s “deeply shocked” by the “senseless violence” in the Colorado movie theater shootings and is offering his prayers so the survivors and relatives of the victims can find strength.

07/22/2012