Rome dispatch: How will Wednesday's voting, the second day for the cardinals in conclave, proceed?
An American cardinal's name keeps making unlikely appearances on short lists for possible pope. And there's a reason why New York's Timothy Dolan suddenly finds himself in such lofty company: He is offering Vatican hierarchy a message they are most eager to hear.
Rome dispatch: Black smoke billowed from the Sistine Chapel's chimney Tuesday, announcing no pope was elected in the first round of voting.
A recent New York Times/CBS News poll has documented some very interesting opinions among American Catholics. I want to share a few of the ones I found most surprising.
A total of 71 percent of American Catholics favor permitting the use of artificial birth control methods. Sixty-nine percent favor married priests, and 69 percent also favor women priests.
While it is all but assured the next pope entered the conclave Tuesday wearing a red hat, will he exit with a green mentality?
Pope Benedict XVI was lauded in both religious and environmental circles for his calls for environmental stewardship and care for creation. His sudden exit has left observers wondering whether his successor will follow his lead.
Map: Need a visual of where each cardinal is from and which countries have the most representatives? Look no further.
Rome dispatch: As the cardinals head into conclave to elect the next pope, a special Mass held Tuesday morning offered much pomp, but little direction.
John Allen in Rome: By now, we've all heard of several men who could become pope. But how did we arrive at that conclusion?
NCR Today: The cardinals in Rome begin conclave Tuesday with a Mass. Here is a reflection on the readings they heard.
In Rome, as the College of Cardinals enters the conclave this evening to begin its work electing a new pope, in the United States, Congress continues to be incapable of resolving the political and budgetary crisis caused by sequestration. The cardinals will probably only take a few days to elect a pope, but by the time the conclave is over, Congress may still be deadlocked in its efforts to pass a budget, much to the embarrassment of the nation.