By-the-book Vatican braces for an unscripted papacy

March 14, 2013

(Newly elected Pope Francis I (2nd R) walks in the 5th-century Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore during a private visit in Rome March 14, 2013. REUTERS/Osservatore Romano)

Vatican muzzles U.S. cardinals, conclave start may be delayed

March 6, 2013

(Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi of Italy arrives for a meeting at the Synod Hall in the Vatican March 5, 2013. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini)

Cardinals say will not be rushed into electing new pope

March 5, 2013

(Cardinal Sean O’Malley, Archbishop of Boston, speaks during a news conference at the North American College in Rome March 5, 2013.
REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi)

Women deserve bigger role in Catholic Church leadership, says key cardinal

March 4, 2013

(Argentinian Cardinal Leonardo Sandri arrives for a meeting at the Synod Hall in the Vatican March 4, 2013. REUTERS/Max Rossi )

Cardinals want to be briefed on secret “Vatileaks” report

March 4, 2013

(Cardinals attends a meeting at the Synod Hall in the Vatican March 4, 2013. REUTERS/Osservatore Romano)

Pope Benedict speaks of “rough seas” of papacy at emotional farewell

February 27, 2013

(Pope Benedict XVI waves to the faithful after arriving in St Peter’s Square to hold his last general audience at the Vatican February 27, 2013. REUTERS/Max Rossi )

Soon-to-be “pope emeritus” praying and packing before move out of Vatican

February 26, 2013

(A technician works on a structure set up for TV media in front of St. Peter’s Square in Rome February 26, 2013. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi )

Cardinal’s departure darkens mood as pope allows early conclave

February 25, 2013

(A senior cleric resigned under duress on Monday and Pope Benedict took the rare step of changing Vatican law to allow his successor to be elected early, adding to a sense of crisis within the Roman Catholic Church.)

Vatican accuses Italian media of “false and damaging” reports ahead of conclave

February 23, 2013

(Tourists and pilgrims line up in the rain in Saint Peter’s Square to visit Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican February 23, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard)

Special Report: The loneliness of the short distance pope

February 22, 2013

(Pope Benedict XVI waves as he arrives to lead the Wednesday general audience in Saint Peter’s square, at the Vatican October 24, 2012. REUTERS/Giampiero Sposito)