Jorge Bergoglio has been named!  Jorge Bergoglio is the Pope, his papal name is FrancisI  . He is the 265th successor of St Peter. He will be Pastor of the Roman Catholic Church, which is  the world’s largest Christian church, with 1.2 billion members worldwide. Jorge Bergoglio was born in Buenos Aires, one of the five […]

The U.S. cardinals may have been barred from holding their popular daily press briefings but the war of words between the Italian cardinals and their allies – who are suspected of engineering the silencing – and the Americans only seemed to escalate. On Friday, Vaticanista Marco Tosatti of La Stampa, an Italian daily that has […]

The papal conclave boundaries are being set. The next pope must be “very aware” of the need for vigilance in preventing clergy sex abuse and accept a policy of “zero tolerance” as the universal law of the church, said Chicago’s Cardinal Francis E. George. The cardinal, who will vote in the upcoming papal election, spoke […]

On his last full day as pope, Pope Benedict XVI delivered an unusually personal and emotional farewell address, thanking the faithful around the world for their support and assuring them that he would remain in their service even in retirement. “I will continue to accompany the path of the church with prayer and reflection, with […]

Pope Benedict XVI’s resignations has caused a flurry of speculation and scandalous talk. On Thursday, the popular paper published an article alleging that Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to resign this month was partly prompted by a report that accused Vatican officials of being under the influence of several internal lobbies, reportedly including a gay one. […]

American participation in conclaves is still relatively new in Church history. The first American cardinal was named in 1875, John McCloskey of New York. He had the opportunity to be the first American to vote in a conclave three years later after the death of Pope Blessed Pius IX. Cardinal McCloskey’s ship arrived too late […]