Pope Francis I was born Jorge Mario Bergoglio and was elected to Pope on March 13. 2013. He is a Jesuit-ordained priest from Argentina. Theology Bergoglio is an accomplished theologian who distanced himself from liberation theology early in his career. He is thought to be close to Comunione e Liberazione, a conservative lay movement. Abortion […]

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 […]

Do you know your Sistine Chapel facts? This week, the eyes of the world are on the famous cathedral, as 115 Catholic cardinals convene there for their papal conclave, a sacred ritual whereby they’ll select a successor for Pope Benedict XVI, who stepped down in February 2013. Make sure to read: All Things Papal Conclave […]

What does a cardinal do? This is a question many are now asking, as the College of Cardinals meets in Vatican City for their papal conclave, an ancient ritual whereby they’ll select the successor to Pope Benedict XVI, who stepped down in February 2013. Picking new popes is among the major duties of Catholic cardinals, […]

The General Congregations are made up of all the members of the College of Cardinals not legitimately impeded from attendance. Within a day or two of the pope’s death, the Cardinals who live in Rome, other cardinals who may be in Rome, and those already arrived from around the world for the pope’s funeral, are […]

What does a pope do? The pope is the leader of the Roman Catholic Church, as everyone knows, but what power do popes have? In modern times, popes mostly deal with religious matters, using their papal authority to weigh in on issues facing the church, promote peace by meeting with world leaders, and performing the […]

What is the Roman Curia? The Roman Curia, which works to support the pope, is the central cabinet or governing body of the Roman Catholic Church. The Roman Curia consists of numerous departments and bodies, the most important of which, the Secretariat of State, is led by the Cardinal Secretary of State. Following Pope Benedict […]

Who is Roger Mahony? Mahony, a cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church, is the former Archbishop of Los Angeles. Mahony retired as head of the L.A. archdiocese in 2011 amid claims he had helped cover up the abuses of pedophile priests. In January 2013, as documents stemming from a 2007 settlement provided strong evidence that […]

Who is Timothy Dolan? Dolan, a contender to succeed Pope Benedict XVI, is an American Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church and the Archbishop of New York, a position that makes him leader of the second-largest Catholic archdiocese in the United States, after Los Angeles. Dolan—who emerged as a papal contender following Pope Benedict’s announcement […]

As most informed Catholics know, the Cardinals from all over the world have gathered in Rome soon to choose in a Conclave a new Pope to replace Pope Benedict XVI who resigned on February 28, 2013, leaving the Holy See sede vacante, or without a Pope. The choice of a Pope is always a monumental […]

Who is Cardinal Robert Sarah? Who he is: Cardinal Robert Sarah of Guinea is currently the President of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum (the Vatican’s charitable arm) and a strong candidate for pope in the upcoming March 2013 papal conclave. He would be the first African pope in history. His origins: Cardinal Sarah was born […]

Who is Cardinal Christoph Schönborn? Who he is: Cardinal Christoph Schönborn is the Archbishop of Vienna and a leading contender to become the next pope after Benedict XVI. His origins: Schönborn was born January 22, 1945 to an old and respected aristocratic Austrian family, which has produced quite a few church leaders. In 1945, his […]