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Pope Francis waves as he boards the plane for his departure after concluding a week-long trip to Brazil, at the air base in Rio de Janeiro on July 28, 2013. The head of the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics hammered home his plea for young believers attending World Youth Day (WYD) to 'go and make disciples of all nations' as he concluded his trip to Brazil aimed at reigniting Roman Catholic passion. (Credit: EVARISTO SA/AFP/Getty Images)

Papal Expert: Visit To Brazil Reinforces Pope’s Message Of Serving Poor, Marginalized

Philadelphia-based papal expert Rocco Palmo says Pope Francis did World Youth Day his way, spreading a message of outreach to those who believe they’ve been left behind.

07/29/2013

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‘Militant’ Priest Says New Pope Is Right Man At Right Time

Pope Francis is getting high marks from the author of a new book who asserts there’s a supernatural battle going on for the souls of humanity.

04/14/2013

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VP Biden Speaks About Why He Didn’t Kiss The Pope’s Ring

Joe Biden doesn’t kiss up to anyone — whether a queen or a pope.

03/22/2013

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Vice President Biden Leads American Delegation To Pope’s Installation Mass

It’s a busy day in the Vatican, where hundreds of thousands are gathered for the installation mass for Pope Francis, the new leader of the world’s 1.2-billion Roman Catholics.

03/19/2013

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Young People Receive New Pope, Say Introduction Was ‘Greatest Moment’

Seeing a simple man asking for the blessing of the people is striking religious pilgrims as the mark of a new era.

03/14/2013

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Blog: Betting On The Pope

We learned Friday that the Conclave to elect the successor to Pope Benedict XVI begins on Tuesday, March 12th.

03/08/2013

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Archdiocese Hopeful New Pope Will Visit Philadelphia

Pope Benedict XVI made a commitment to be here in September 2015 for a World Families Conference.

03/08/2013

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Theologian: Next Pope Needs To Do More Listening Than Speaking

Father Frank Berna, director of graduate theology and ministry at LaSalle University, says the new pope has to take the pulse of the people, not just those who are loyal to the church, but those who have fallen away.

03/05/2013

Pope Benedict XVI Holds His Final General Audience Before His Retirement

Ahead Of Conclave, Cardinals Consider Modern Challenges Facing Next Pope

Vatican watchers and even some of the cardinals themselves say the two biggest issues facing the new pope are abuse and administration.

03/05/2013

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Local Catholics Attend Their First Sunday Mass Without A Pope

At St. Raymond of Penafort Church on Vernon Road, parishioners say Mass was an unusual experience as people reflected on the pope’s decision to leave the office.

03/03/2013

(Philadelphia archbishop Charles Chaput and Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter greet each other at the Archdiocese headquarters.  Credit: Mark Abrams)

Cost, Logistics Two Big Questions Surrounding 2015 World Families Conference

Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput acknowledges it cost officials in the Italian city of Milan more than $10 million to host the most recent Vatican Families Conference in June 2012.

02/26/2013

(Cardinal Justin Rigali conducts an Ash Wednesday mass in 2011.  Image from Archdiocese of Phila. TV)

Could The Next Pope Come From The United States?

Cardinal Justin Rigali, who stepped down as Philadelphia archbishop after a landmark indictment of priests in relation to child molestation, is one of the 11 U.S. cardinals expected to vote in the conclave.

02/16/2013

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Overwhelming Shock In The Catholic World After Pope’s Resignation

The scheduling of the Conclave — the meeting of the College of Cardinals to elect a new Pope — is still in the works.

02/11/2013

Pope Benedict (L) & Rocco Palmo (R). (credit: ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images/ Mark Abrams/KYW Newsradio)

Local Catholic Journalist Reacts To Pope’s Resignation

Philadelphia-based Catholic journalist Rocco Palmo writes about the Vatican and church politics and says Pope Benedict’s resignation was a stunning and historic announcement.

02/11/2013

Pope Benedict XVI Attends The 2012 World Meeting Of Families

Pope Benedict XVI To Resign Effective February 28th

Pope Benedict XVI announced Monday that he would resign on Feb. 28 because he was simply too infirm to carry on—the first pontiff to do so in nearly 600 years. The decision sets the stage for a conclave to elect a new pope before the end of March.

02/11/2013

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