Rome dispatch: Cardinal Christoph Schönborn spoke at a memorial service for a Hungarian martyr, which he says shows "what is really important."
Rome dispatch: Vatican workers are preparing the Sistine Chapel for the conclave, but so far the cardinals have not yet discussed a date.
Whoever is chosen as the new bishop of Rome will become the global theologian in chief. Here are three trends he might have to tackle.
Comments made Monday by Chicago Cardinal Francis George regarding a global "zero tolerance" policy for priests who sexually abuse children do not go far enough, a victims' advocacy group said Tuesday.
John Allen in Rome: The conclave has brought everyone to Rome, including -- of course -- the crazies. Here's a snapshot.
Papabile of the day: Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya would not only be a spiritual leader as pope, but also a head of state.
As the cardinals meet in Rome, discussing the characteristics they are looking for in the next pope, a consensus is developing. They are looking for someone who can preach the Gospel in a way that is understandable and attractive to people in the 21st century.
The next pope must be "very aware" of the need for vigilance in preventing clergy sex abuse, said Chicago's Cardinal Francis George.
As the cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church on Monday walked to and from meetings they're undertaking in preparation to choose the next pope, journalists and tourists alike watched and tried to pry information from them.
Among the cardinals was Raymond Burke, formerly the archbishop of St. Louis and the prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, the highest juridical authority of the Catholic church, during Pope Benedict XVI's pontificate.
Revelations about sexual impropriety by Cardinal Keith O'Brien have "dealt a serious blow" to the credibility of the Catholic church in Scotland, said the archbishop who will fill in for the embattled cardinal.
"This is a sad moment for the church in our country," Glasgow Archbishop Philip Tartaglia said during a sermon at a Lenten Mass in his archdiocesan cathedral Monday night.