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  • 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.

  • 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.