Restore credibility on sex abuse
With the church at a crossroads, Catholics look to Pope Francis for guidance. Nicholas Cafardi offers guidance on cleaning up the church’s act on sex abuse.
An inside look at Pope Francis
Claretian Father Gustavo Larrazábal, an old friend of Pope Francis, talks about the pope's past in Argentina and what it means for the future of the church.
How did you meet the new pope?
Readers share what they search for when choosing a parish
More than 600 people took our April Reader Survey on shopping for a parish. Here's more of their feedback on what they look for when searching for a spiritual home.
The reason I stay at my current parish is…
What makes a parish worth sticking around?
When it comes to finding the perfect place of worship, U.S. Catholic readers say you’d better shop around.
Argentine Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio elected pope, takes name Francis I
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 76 was elected the 266th pope and has taken the name Pope Francis I. The election March 13 came on the first full day of the conclave on the conclave's fifth ballot. It was a surprisingly quick conclusion to a conclave that began with many plausible candidates and no clear favorite.
On the record: A time line of Benedict XVI's papacy
Lasting impressions: The legacy of Pope Benedict XVI
Pope Benedict XVI will leave behind an enduring legacy—and some big challenges for his successor.
Alternate endings: Till death do us part isn't always the case with the papacy
Most popes take the job to their grave, but a few others before Benedict XVI have opted for early retirement.
Cardinals' Catch-22: eager for conclave, but need time to choose well
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Cardinal-electors are caught in a Catch-22. They are eager to give the world a new pope; however, they need time to pick the right leader, said South Africa's cardinal.
"There might be a need for a long delay" as the cardinals try to gauge how much they do or don't know enough about each other, Cardinal Wilfrid Napier told Catholic News Service March 1, the first day of the "sede vacante."
No church leader wants to be away from his diocese for too long, he said, and no one wants to miss Easter, March 31.
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