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Black or white smoke, did they pick a pope?

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A statue dwarfs the chimney on the roof of the Sistine Chapel where cardinals will gather to elect the new pope during the conclave at the Vatican, Monday, March 11, 2013.  AP PHOTO/DMITRY LOVETSKY

Forget all the artistic masterpieces. The most gazed-at item at the Vatican this week will be a humble, copper, two-meter-high chimney that will pipe out puffs of smoke to tell the world if there’s a new pope.

Posted: March 12th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Church debate: Manager Pope or pastoral Pope?

People carry a cross on their way to pray in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Monday, March 11, 2013. Cardinals have gathered for their final day of talks before the conclave to elect the next pope amid debate over whether the Catholic Church needs a manager pope to clean up the Vatican's messy bureaucracy or a pastoral pope who can inspire the faithful and make Catholicism relevant again.  AP PHOTO/ODED BALILTY

Cardinals gathered for their final day of talks on Monday before the conclave to elect the next Pope, amid debate over whether the Catholic Church needs more of a manager Pope to clean up the Vatican or a pastoral Pope who can inspire the faithful at a time of crisis.

Posted: March 12th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Secret oaths, chants in ritual to choose Pope

It’s a ritual as rich in tradition and symbolism as the Catholic Church can muster: secret oaths, hypnotic Gregorian chants, scarlet-decked cardinals filing through the Sistine Chapel—all while the public outside in St. Peter’s Square watches for white smoke or black to learn if it has a new Pope.

Posted: February 18th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

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