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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.
A new pope is selected in an amazingly efficient process. But can the U.S. solve its economic problems in the same way?
CNBC's Mary Thompson takes a look at what's ahead for the new leader of the Catholic Church.
CNBC's Mary Thompson reports the latest details on newly-elected Pope Francis, the former archbishop of Buenos Aires.
Will Pope Francis, the first Latin American to hold that title, bring a new energy to the Catholic Church ?
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Vatican said that in retirement Pope Benedict XVI's will be known as "emeritus pope," and continue to wear a white cassock.
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.
The conclave to choose Pope Benedict's successor could give the Roman Catholic Church a new leader by mid March, the Vatican said.
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 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 XVI has announced he will resign. NBC News Vatican analyst George Weigel and Cathy Ruse, Family Research Council senior fellow, provide perspective.
The latest odds on Pope Benedict XVI's successor.
Chester Gillis, Georgetown University professor, discusses the abdication of Pope Benedict XVI on February 28th.
Jessica Bridge from Ladbrokes puts odds on who will be the next pope.
CNBC's Claudia Pensotti reports on the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, the first Pope to resign in nearly 600 years.