• 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.

  • Pope Benedict XVI to Resign on February 28th  Monday, 11 Feb 2013 | 7:00 AM ET
    Pope Benedict XVI

    Father Robert Sirico, Acton Institute, discusses the Pope's announced resignation at the end of the month and weighs in on likely candidates to replace the Pontiff.

  • Pope to Resign February 28th: Report  Monday, 11 Feb 2013 | 6:20 AM ET

    According to a report circulating this morning, a Vatican spokesman said Pope Benedict XVI will resign at the end of the month. The Pope is stepping down due to health reasons, reports the "Squawk Box" news team.

  • Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono

    As protests against a U.S. made anti-Islam video continue across the world, the president of Indonesia, which has the world’s largest Muslim population, seeks to reassure investors that all steps will be taken to ensure stability and promote economic growth in his country.

  • Egyptians Protest Video, Scale US Embassy Walls Tuesday, 11 Sep 2012 | 5:02 PM ET
    An Egyptian protester hold a sign that reads in Arabic 'I sacrifice my soul for God's prophet' during a demonstration outside the US embassy in Cairo on September 11, 2012 against a film deemed offensive to Islam.

    Main ultraconservative Islamist protesters climbed the walls of the U.S. embassy in Egypt's capital Tuesday to protest a video attacking Islam's prophet, Muhammad.

  • Catholic Fund Fails to Convince Believers Friday, 3 Aug 2012 | 2:12 AM ET
    The Creation of Adam, from the Sistine Ceiling, 1511 (fresco) (pre-restoration)

    A fund that was set up to invest in line with Catholic beliefs is to close after its managers lost faith in its ability to attract investors, the Financial Times reports.

  • Muslims on Wall Street, Bridging Two Traditions Sunday, 15 Apr 2012 | 9:16 AM ET

    Young Muslims, one of the newest groups to make inroads in American finance, can face steep barriers to entry. The New York Times reports.

  • The Stimulating, Provocative World of 2050 Friday, 16 Mar 2012 | 11:34 AM ET
    World in Hand

    The next four decades will be full of the unexpected, since we live in an era of particularly rapid change. But Megachange is something to be embraced, not feared. Here's why.

  • Why GOP Evangelicals Like Rick Santorum Monday, 27 Feb 2012 | 4:48 PM ET
    Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney

    Rick Santorum's brand of deeply conservative Catholicism makes him popular with evangelicals in Michigan, the Christian Science Monitor reports.

  • Celebrating Romance in India? Bring Your Wallet Tuesday, 14 Feb 2012 | 11:42 PM ET
    An Indian girl selects gifts at a gift shop in Siliguri, India.

    Couples in India may be getting a break from Hindu extremists on this Valentine’s Day, but they will find pursuing love is more expensive this year. The New York Times reports.

  • Will America Elect a Mormon President?  Monday, 10 Oct 2011 | 7:51 PM ET

    Discussing whether Mitt Romney's Mormon faith will be a problem for his candidacy, with Rev. Robert Jeffress, First Baptist Church of Dallas, and Ralph Reed, Faith & Freedom Coalition chairman