Jorge Mario Bergoglio Elected New Leader of World's 1.2 Billion Catholics

Tuesday, Mar 12, 2013 at 01:05 PM EDT

"Smoke Alerts" Bring Conclave Spectating to the Social Media Age

"Smoke Alerts" Bring Conclave Spectating to the Social Media Age

While the cardinals gathered in Rome to elect the new pope are bound by centuries-old procedures—writing and counting ballots by hand, burning them in a chimney to communicate the outcome of...

Tuesday, Mar 12, 2013 at 07:08 AM EDT

Schedule of Voting During the Papal Conclave

Schedule of Voting During the Papal Conclave

The conclave to elect a new pope begins Tuesday at the Vatican. The voting process follows a set ritual every day until the Catholic Church has a new leader.

Tuesday, Mar 12, 2013 at 07:05 AM EDT

Full Text: Oath Sworn by Cardinals before Papal Vote

Full Text: Oath Sworn by Cardinals before Papal Vote

Before cardinals start voting for a new pope, they will swear an oath of secrecy in the Sistine Chapel.

Wednesday, Mar 13, 2013 at 06:28 AM EDT

After First Day of Conclave, Black Smoke Means No New Pope Yet

After First Day of Conclave, Black Smoke Means No New Pope Yet

The 115 top Catholic clergymen who are set to pick one of their own to become the next pope were set to rise early Wednesday morning for a second day of voting on the Roman Catholic Church's future leader.

Tuesday, Mar 12, 2013 at 11:17 AM EDT

Betting and Bribes: Bizarre Tidbits from Conclaves Past

Betting and Bribes: Bizarre Tidbits from Conclaves Past

The oaths of secrecy, locked doors and smoke signals that give modern papal elections an air of intrigue trace their roots back to a political solution much more practical than

Wednesday, Mar 13, 2013 at 04:20 PM EDT

New Pope Takes on 8 Official Titles, But Pope's Not One

New Pope Takes on 8 Official Titles, But Pope's Not One

Pope Francis I will be taking on the awesome responsibility of leading a church with more than 1 billion followers, a job that comes with eight official titles — none of them "Pope."

Monday, Mar 11, 2013 at 08:08 AM EDT
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By Emily Feldman

Conclave: How a Pope Gets Picked

Scores of cardinals have descended on Rome for the conclave, or... See Full Gallery

Sunday, Mar 10, 2013 at 09:44 PM EDT

SoCal Priest Explains Papal Conclave

SoCal Priest Explains Papal Conclave

Robert Kovacik talks with a Southern California priest who explains the process to elect a new Pope. Kovacik reports from Rome for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 10, 2013.

Sunday, Mar 10, 2013 at 12:18 PM EDT

Cardinal Turkson: Africa's Best Hope for Pope

Cardinal Turkson: Africa's Best Hope for Pope

Often cast as the social conscience of the church, Ghana's Cardinal Peter Turkson is viewed by many as the top African contender for pope.

Sunday, Mar 10, 2013 at 12:06 PM EDT

Speculation as Cardinals Prepare for Conclave

Speculation as Cardinals Prepare for Conclave

The vote for a new pope could come as soon as Tuesday morning, and all eyes are now on the chimney of the Sistine Chapel, which will erupt in white or black smoke to signal if a new pope has been

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Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina has been announced as the new leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics. He has taken the name Pope Francis and succeeds Pope Benedict XVI, who formally ended his papacy on Feb. 28. Refresh this page often for complete coverage.
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