Catholic Church

March 15, 2013

Pope Francis and the Wisdom of Years

COMMENTARY

March 13, 2013

New Pope Has Been Elected

White smoke has just appeared from the Sistine Chapel chimney.

March 13, 2013

What Happens Behind the Scenes of a Papal Election?

After white smoke issues from the Sistine Chapel chimney, a number of formalities are observed before the new Pope appears on the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica.

March 13, 2013

Cardinal Scherer: A Strong Candidate From the Developing World

Personable and fluent in several major languages, the Brazilian cardinal has many of the qualities regarded as desirable for a future pope.

March 13, 2013

Dynamics of Conclaves 2005 and 2013 Very Different

COMMENTARY

March 6, 2013

Recipe for a Pope: a Christlike Man Who Can Govern and Unite

NEWS ANALYSIS

March 5, 2013

‘Strength in Christ’ Needed for Scotland Church’s Recovery

The faithful are reminded to trust Jesus.

March 4, 2013

White House: Prop. 8 Based on ‘Impermissible Prejudice’

Supreme Court will hear oral arguments later this month, and the U.S. bishops have asked Catholics to pray and fast for an outcome that protects traditional marriage.

March 1, 2013

Three American Cardinals Discuss Their Part in the Upcoming Conclave

What will go into their discussions with their fellow electors, and who do they think can shepherd the Church following Pope Benedict XVI?

March 1, 2013

On His Last Day as Pope, Benedict’s Character Shone Through

No drama or actions focused on himself, just a calm acceptance of reality and a profound trust in Christ.

February 25, 2013

Pew Poll Finds Strong Approval for Pope Benedict

Most Catholics who were surveyed are in favor of keeping strong Catholic traditions.

February 22, 2013

More Than 100,000 March to Defend Marriage in Puerto Rico

Pro-family groups march to protest the move to redefine marriage.

February 22, 2013

Vatican Spokesman: Prepare Spiritually for Pope’s Last Days

Father Federico Lombardi says it's time for Catholics to prepare for the Pope's resignation with spiritual growth, not division.

February 21, 2013

Benedict XVI, ‘the Pope of Christian Unity’

The head of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham lauds the Holy Father's trailblazing unity with Anglicans.

February 20, 2013

Mary: The Dwelling Place of Wisdom in Body and Soul

COMMENTARY: Part 3 in a Register series on the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

February 20, 2013

Msgr. Ratzinger: My Brother’s Decision Was for the Good of the Church

Even though he will be ‘retired,’ Benedict XVI will not ‘sit around waiting for the day to end,’ his brother says.

February 14, 2013

Bridging the Gap: Search Continues for New U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See

Finding a candidate acceptable both to the Obama administration and to the Vatican is proving an uphill task.

February 12, 2013

Pope Benedict’s Prayerful Decision to Resign

Waning strength of mind and body led to his decision, which the papal spokesman said reflected ‘great courage.’

February 11, 2013

Cardinal Dolan: Benedict's Papacy Highlighted His Pastoral, Scholarly, Holy Life

President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops reflects on Holy Father's 'tender heart of a pastor' that prompted him to encourage and meet his flock around the world.

February 7, 2013

George Weigel: New Evangelization Is Future of Catholicism

According to the papal biographer, third-millennium Catholicism will live out its fidelity ‘in a distinctive way.’

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