• 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.

  • Cardinals Begin Long Process of Picking New Pope Friday, 1 Mar 2013 | 1:20 AM ET
    Pope Benedict XVI, on his retirement day Thursday.

    With Pope Benedict XVI now officially in retirement, Catholic cardinals around the world begin on Friday the process of picking the next leader of the world's largest church.

  • Teri James got the boot from San Diego Christian College because she was pregnant – and she was also unmarried, a violation of school rules, according to the lawsuit she filed in San Diego County superior court.

  • How the Pope's Retirement Package Compares to Yours Thursday, 28 Feb 2013 | 7:51 AM ET
    Pope Benedict XVI, on his retirement day Thursday.

    Pope Benedict XVI's retirement package – the first the Vatican has offered in almost 600 years – is a sweet deal by the average American senior's standards.

  • Pope Benedict XVI

    The Vatican said that in retirement Pope Benedict XVI's will be known as "emeritus pope," and continue to wear a white cassock.

  • Pope Moves Up Date to Pick His Successor Monday, 25 Feb 2013 | 7:24 AM ET
    Black smoke is seen from the roof of the Sistine Chapel.

    Pope Benedict XVI has changed the rules of the conclave that will elect his successor, allowing cardinals to move up the start date if all of them arrive in Rome before the usual 15-day transition between pontificates.

  • New Pope Election Could Start Before March 15 Saturday, 16 Feb 2013 | 11:19 AM ET
    Black smoke is seen from the roof of the Sistine Chapel.

    The conclave to choose Pope Benedict's successor could give the Roman Catholic Church a new leader by mid March, the Vatican said.

  • Philippine Catholics Hope for Asia's First Pope Tuesday, 12 Feb 2013 | 7:13 PM ET
    Pope Benedict XVI

    With attention turning from Europe to the "new" world, worshippers in the Philippines prayed quietly and took to social media on Tuesday in the hope their cardinal might be chosen as the next leader of the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics.

  • Pope Resignation Leaves Catholic World in Shock Monday, 11 Feb 2013 | 9:20 PM ET
    Pope Benedict XVI waves to the faithful as he arrives at the St. Peter's Basilica for a mass with newly appointed cardinals on November 25, 2012 in Vatican City, Vatican.

    Pope Benedict left the Catholic world in shock after becoming the first pontiff since the Middle Ages to resign his office, saying that failing strength had left him unable to lead the church through a period of relentless change and turmoil.

  • Pope Benedict Steps Down     Monday, 11 Feb 2013 | 7:00 PM ET

    Pope Benedict XVI has announced he will resign. NBC News Vatican analyst George Weigel and Cathy Ruse, Family Research Council senior fellow, provide perspective.

  • Betting on Who Will Be the Next Pope Monday, 11 Feb 2013 | 1:19 PM ET
    The Vatican shows the solar panels covering the roof of the Paul VI audience hall with the Basilica of Saint Peter in the background.

    The latest odds on Pope Benedict XVI's successor.

  • Health Reasons Cited For Pope's Resignation     Monday, 11 Feb 2013 | 11:36 AM ET

    Chester Gillis, Georgetown University professor, discusses the abdication of Pope Benedict XVI on February 28th.

  • Ladbrokes Puts Odds on the New Pope     Monday, 11 Feb 2013 | 11:20 AM ET

    Jessica Bridge from Ladbrokes puts odds on who will be the next pope.

  • Pope Benedict XVI to Abdicate     Monday, 11 Feb 2013 | 9:44 AM ET

    CNBC's Claudia Pensotti reports on the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, the first Pope to resign in nearly 600 years.

  • Text of Pope's Abdication Announcement Monday, 11 Feb 2013 | 9:01 AM ET
    Pope Benedict XVI

    Text of Pope Benedict XVI's abdication announcement, delivered to cardinals gathered for a ceremony to name three new saints.