Five years ago I wrote an op-ed column for The Times about Pope Benedict XVI’s partiality for ornate vestments and miters (the double-pointed hats sported not only by the pope but also by other bishops in the Roman Catholic and Anglican churches). Show More Summary
VATICAN CITY — When Pope Benedict XVI was elected pope in 2005, the Vatican quickly (just 16 hours after his election) set up six different email addresses by language for well-wishers to send greetings and prayers. Just two days after the accounts were set up, the Vatican internet office received over 56,000 emails. But as [...]
Pope Francis sent his first tweet from the resurrected @Pontifex Twitter account Sunday, only four days after being elected as Benedict XVI's successor: Dear friends, I thank you from my heart and I ask you to continue to pray for me.Pope...Show More Summary
With last Wednesdays’s announcement that Pope Francis would be succeeding Pope Benedict XVI, the internet went into a frenzy. Pope Benedict XVI will forever have the distinction of being the first Pope to join Twitter. Soon after he stepped down, Benedict’s tweets from @Pontifex were taken down, as the account was transferred to Francis. Show More Summary
Of course that detail has resonance. The implicit rebuke to the Liberace of Popes, Benedict XVI, is somehow not disrespectful, yet obvious. Saint Francis refused to ride on a horse. It gave him, as far as he was concerned, too much haughtiness, too much power over others, too much visibility. He would walk, and if [...]
"Habemus Papam!" - the Roman Catholic church has a new pope. With two African cardinals considered at one point to be potential successors to Pope Benedict XVI, we spoke with Steve Sharra and Abdoulaye Bah from our Africa team aboutShow More Summary
Popes have long been tied to the world of football. From the long-standing Vatican City league to Pope John Paul II playing as a youngster in Poland and Pope Benedict XVI’s fervent support for German power Bayern Munich, the sport has been nearly as much a part of the Papacy as white smoke and communion. Show More Summary
Argentina’s Jose Mario Bergoglio, now Pope Francis I, became the new head of the Catholic Church yesterday, assuming the papacy that was vacated by Pope Benedict XVI at the end of February. As a cardinal in Argentina, Bergoglio eschewed excess, living in poverty and often visiting the nation’s slums and other impoverished areas. Francis I [...]
The photograph at the top is from the announcement of the new pope Benedict XVI back in 2005; the photo at the bottom is from the announcement of Pope Francis I yesterday. Says everything that needs to be said about how Apple has changed...Show More Summary
Artuso Pastry shop in the Bronx, which was known for its Pope Benedict XVI cookies, has been quick to offer up cookies bearing Pope Francis's picture.
A man uses his mobile phone to photograph portraits of resigned Pope Benedict XVI (left) and Philippine's Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle displayed at a Manila chapel as members of a Catholic youth group start their vigil to coincide with the conclave to choose a new pope. Show More Summary
I know that there are a few people disappointed today that the new archbishop of Rome is not a Black man. When Pope Benedict XVI resigned, there was much speculation about Cardinal Peter Turkson becoming the new pontiff. This wouldShow More Summary
As the Today Show points out, something important changed during the 2005 announcement of Pope Benedict XVI and the 2013 announcement of Pope Francis. We weren't completely sure that the first shot was from the exact same angle, so we did some digging. Show More Summary
Let's face it: Pope Benedict XVI wasn't very good at Twitter.
Here are 20 facts to know about Jorge Mario Bergoglio, or Pope Francis, who was elected Wednesday as Benedict XVI’s successor. RELATED: Not a ‘Dry Eye in the House’ at Conclave 1. He’s from Buenos Aires, making him the first pope from Latin America. 2. ...
by Ben Johnson WASHINGTON, D.C., March 13, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In his congratulations message to the new Pope Francis I, President Obama once again cited his “work with Pope Benedict XVI.” The phrase is reminiscent of his message to Pope Emeritus Benedict upon his resignation, when he wrote,…
The first speech of the new pope, Pope Francis I, showed a sense of humor, remarking on how far the Vatican had to travel to find him in Argentina. He also asked for a blessing for his predecessor, Benedict XVI. He humbly asked the cheering crowd to pray for him before he gave them his blessing. Show More Summary
Already a man of so many firsts, Pope Francis will spend part of his first full day meeting with the leader he replaces, Benedict XVI, and celebrating Mass with the cardinals who elected him. When Jorge Bergoglio stepped onto the balcony at the Vatican on Wednesday evening to reveal himself as the new leader of [...]
The Catholic Church might be growing in Latin America, Asia and Africa, but in the United States and Europe, attendance has been lagging for the past few decades. When Pope Benedict XVI was first elected, there was hope he could reignite the passion for religion many have slowly lost. Unfortunately, that never proved to be the case.
Argentina's Jorge Mario Bergoglio, now known as Pope Francis I, takes the helm of a Roman Catholic Church that is facing numerous challenges. His predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, left a legacy that was decidedly mixed. So what exactly is Francis up against? 1. Show More Summary