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  • CNBC.com hot list     Thursday, 12 Dec 2013 | 4:34 PM ET

    CNBC.com Managing Editor Allen Wastler reports Obamacare deadline news, Pope Francis, and gold are the hottest topics among CNBC.com readers.

  • The Pope Francis effect?     Wednesday, 11 Dec 2013 | 7:21 PM ET

    Pope Francis was named Time Magazine's 2013 person of the year. Rev. Robert A. Sirico, Action Institute president and co-founder, and Naomi Schaefer Riley, "Till Faith Do Us Part" author, discuss concern for the media's embrace of the Pope.

  • Capitalism & the Vatican     Wednesday, 11 Dec 2013 | 1:18 PM ET

    Discussing Pope Francis' economic message, with NBC News' Anne Thompson, and Father Matthew Carnes of Georgetown University. Thompson applauds the Pope's consistence with his message of economic justice.

  • Capitalism and the Catholic Church     Monday, 2 Dec 2013 | 7:52 PM ET

    R.R. Reno, First Things editor, and Michael Matheson Miller, PovertyCure director, discuss Pope Francis' take on free market capitalism.

  • Pope Francis' criticism of capitalism     Tuesday, 26 Nov 2013 | 3:45 PM ET

    CNBC's Eamon Javers reports on the Vatican's release of the Pope's apostolic exhortation, his first major piece of writing since becoming Pontiff, where Pope Francis is very critical of the excesses of capitalism.

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 26- The U.S. Supreme Court agreed on Tuesday to consider religious objections made by corporations to a provision of Obamacare requiring employers to provide health insurance that covers birth control. One of the cases was filed by arts and crafts retailer Hobby Lobby Stores Inc and Mardel, a chain of Christian bookstores.

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 25- U.S. Supreme Court justices could decide on Tuesday to review religious objections made by corporations to a provision of the 2010 federal healthcare law requiring employers to provide health insurance that covers birth control.

  • SINGAPORE, Nov 15- Brent oil held above $108 a barrel on Friday, heading for its biggest weekly gain since early July on expectations the Federal Reserve will stick with its easy money policy for now.

  • SINGAPORE, Nov 15- Brent oil held above $108 a barrel on Friday, heading for its biggest weekly gain since early July on expectations the Federal Reserve will stick with its easy money policy for now.

  • SINGAPORE, Nov 15- Brent oil futures held above $108 a barrel on Friday, heading for its biggest week since early July on expectations the Federal Reserve will stick with its easy money policy for now.

  • Dozens of angry Shi'ite Muslim workers and tribesmen stormed the Schlumberger Ltd camp in North Rumaila and wrecked offices early on Monday after accusing a foreign security adviser of insulting their religion, police and employees at the field said.

  • BASRA, Iraq, Nov 11- Dozens of angry Shi'ite Muslim workers and tribesmen stormed a Schlumberger Ltd camp at one of Iraq's main oilfields and wrecked offices early on Monday after accusing a foreign security adviser of insulting their religion, police and employees at the field said.

  • Ayatollah's financial empire came from land grabs Monday, 11 Nov 2013 | 9:23 AM ET
    Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

    A Reuters study found that Iran's Ayatollah Khamenei controls a massive financial empire built from property seizures from ordinary Iranians.

  • There's the court order authorizing the takeover of her children's three Tehran apartments in a multi-story building the family had owned for years. It was taken by an organization that is controlled by the most powerful man in Iran: Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

  • Pope likes selfies—and why this matters Thursday, 19 Sep 2013 | 11:38 PM ET
    Pope Francis I

    Pope Francis plunged headlong on Thursday into some of the most divisive issues in Catholicism — speaking expansively about fighting abortion, contraception and gay marriage.

  • 'Cold Call Pope' takes to phoning the faithful Wednesday, 11 Sep 2013 | 8:37 AM ET
    Pope Francis I

    Pope Francis already has distinguished himself from his predecessor with a more down-to-earth style, and he is now delighting the faithful by spontaneously calling people, the NYT reports.

  • Capitalism & christianity     Wednesday, 7 Aug 2013 | 7:44 PM ET

    Does Pope Francis have faith in free markets? Matthew Schmalz, College of the Holy Cross professor, provides perspective. "He's a Pope, he's not an economist, so I don't think we'll be hearing policy pronouncements from him," he says.

  • A blunt Pope Francis targets free market economics Tuesday, 6 Aug 2013 | 3:21 PM ET
    Pope Francis I

    Pope Francis has made several critical comments on world economic issues. Analysts say he's issuing a warning over the future of free market thinking.

  • Bikinis make way for rosaries on Brazil beach Tuesday, 23 Jul 2013 | 10:00 PM ET

    Thousands of young Catholics from around the world flocked to Rio's famed Copacabana beach on Tuesday to kick off a youth festival that will feature appearances by Pope Francis.

  • Thailand’s Buddhist Monks Criticised Wednesday, 19 Jun 2013 | 7:29 PM ET

    Thailand's Buddhism body said it is monitoring monks nationwide for any inappropriate behaviour. The Financial Times reports.

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