• 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 Steps Down

    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
    Health Reasons Cited For Pope's Resignation

    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
    Ladbrokes Puts Odds on the New Pope

    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
    Pope Benedict XVI to Abdicate

    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
    Pope to Resign February 28th: Report

    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.