NEW POPE

AP

Stop Coddling the Catholic Church

I have no quarrel with individual members of the Catholic Church and I am personally a man of faith. But I do have a quarrel with the Vatican -- and the toady, obsequious manner in which the media has been reporting on the appointment of the new "his holiness."
AP

10 Facts About The New Pope

Here are some facts about the new Pope (text version below slideshow): %Slideshow-546593% - Jorge Mario Bergoglio was born Dec. 17, 1936, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, one of five children born to an I...
AP

HOLY SMOKE! New Pope Chosen

Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina, who will be known as Pope Francis, has been elected to lead the world's 1.2 billion Catholics. He is the first Pope from the Americas and the first from o...
CP

Marc Ouellet's Family Relieved

LA MOTTE, Que. - The family of a Canadian cardinal many believed could be pope was relieved Wednesday when it didn't come to be.Siblings of Cardinal Marc Ouellet huddled around their 90-year-old mothe...
CP

Congratulations Pour In From Canada

TORONTO - Canadians greeted the choice of a new Pope with cheers and congratulations Wednesday, though a small contingent expressed regrets that the Catholic Church's 266th leader wouldn't be one of t...
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How Long Will Conclave Take?

The retirement of Benedict XVI on Feb. 28 marks the first time in nearly 600 years that a pope has decided to step down, which forces the Roman Catholic Church to begin the ancient election process kn...
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Let's Talk About Catholic Church Reform

Currently the Church is seeing its membership stagnate and decline in the west. The developing world, however, stands in sharp contrast. The number of Catholics is increasing rapidly in Africa, Asia and South America. Suggestions that the Church needs to reform to survive are clearly North American-centric. What Catholicism needs now is for ordinary church members to play a part in reform.