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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Kass, Berkshire's Bear, Is Ready to 'Surprise' Buffett Thursday, 2 May 2013 | 1:30 AM ET
    Doug Kass

    Hedge fund trader Doug Kass will quiz billionaire investor Warren Buffett at Berkshire Hathaway Inc's annual meeting in Omaha this Saturday.

  • China is struggling to get its estimated 100 million religious believers to banish superstitious beliefs.

  • Pope to Review Vatican's Scandal-Plagued Bank Tuesday, 2 Apr 2013 | 12:43 PM ET
    Pope Francis I

    Pope Francis, who has said he wants the Catholic Church to be a model of austerity and honesty, could restructure or even close the Vatican's scandal-ridden bank, Vatican sources say.

  • Vatican Finances: CNBC Explains Thursday, 14 Mar 2013 | 11:27 PM ET

    As Pope Francis assumes leadership of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics, he's got his work cut out for him on many fronts.

  • Popes, Politicians, and Bulls Thursday, 14 Mar 2013 | 10:44 AM ET
    Pope Francis I

    A new pope is selected in an amazingly efficient process. But can the U.S. solve its economic problems in the same way?

  • New Pope Francis Hails From Argentia  Thursday, 14 Mar 2013 | 7:34 AM ET

    CNBC's Mary Thompson takes a look at what's ahead for the new leader of the Catholic Church.

  • Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio Elected Pope  Thursday, 14 Mar 2013 | 6:08 AM ET

    CNBC's Mary Thompson reports the latest details on newly-elected Pope Francis, the former archbishop of Buenos Aires.

  • Jorge Mario Bergoglio Elected Pope Francis  Thursday, 14 Mar 2013 | 2:15 AM ET
    Pope Francis I

    Will Pope Francis, the first Latin American to hold that title, bring a new energy to the Catholic Church ?

  • Cardinals Begin Voting for New Pope Wednesday, 13 Mar 2013 | 1:38 AM ET
    Black smoke is seen from the roof of the Sistine Chapel.

    Cardinals begin the process of choosing a new pope in earnest, holding their first full day of voting for a leader to face a major crisis in the Roman Catholic Church.

  • Time for an Asian Pope? Friday, 1 Mar 2013 | 1:40 AM ET

    Three Italians, three North Americans, and Luis Antonio Tagle, the archbishop of Manila, capital of the Philippines, Asia's only majority-Catholic nation, are among candidates to succeed Pope Benedict XVI. The New York Times reports.