Jorge Mario Bergoglio Elected New Leader of World's 1.2 Billion Catholics

Sunday, Mar 10, 2013 at 01:00 PM EDT

Vatican Gears Up to Pick New Pope

Vatican Gears Up to Pick New Pope

More than 100 of the Catholic Church's top clergymen will gather Tuesday to pick the next pope. Here is how he will be chosen.

Friday, Mar 8, 2013 at 09:46 PM EST

How the Papal Conclave Works

How the Papal Conclave Works

NBC 4 New York's David Ushery takes you through the conclave process of electing the pope.

Friday, Mar 8, 2013 at 12:50 PM EST

The Men Who Could Be the Next Pope

The Men Who Could Be the Next Pope

Pope Benedict XVI's resignation opens the door to an array of possible successors. There's no clear front-runner, though several leading candidates have been mentioned over the years as papabile, or having...

Tuesday, Apr 23, 2013 at 12:33 PM EDT

Conclave to Elect New Pope to Begin Tuesday

Conclave to Elect New Pope to Begin Tuesday

The conclave to elect the new pope will begin Tuesday, the Vatican spokesman said Friday.

Friday, Mar 8, 2013 at 12:56 PM EST

Benedict's Resignation: Hints were There all Along

Benedict's Resignation: Hints were There all Along

Benedict XVI’s resignation as pope shocked the world, but looking back, there were plenty of signs along the way, and they even accelerated in recent months, according to The Associated Press.

Friday, Mar 8, 2013 at 12:56 PM EST

Colbert on “The Artist Formerly Known as Pope”

Colbert on “The Artist Formerly Known as Pope”

“As of 8 p.m. Central Vatican Time, we are officially popeless,” Steven Colbert declared at the beginning of his segment on the retirement of Pope Benedict XVI.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 02:45 PM EDT
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By Debra Pangestu

Pope Benedict XVI's Papacy in Photos

Pope Benedict XVI, who began his papacy in April 2005, has resigned and is now... See Full Gallery

Tuesday, Apr 23, 2013 at 12:33 PM EDT

Benedict XVI's Papacy Officially Ends

Benedict XVI's Papacy Officially Ends

It's official: the world is popeless. Benedict XVI became Thursday the first pontiff in 600 years to resign. Swiss guards left their posts at the entrance to Castel Gandolfo at 8 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014 at 01:24 PM EST

Vatican: Pope Benedict XVI to Step Down on Feb. 28

Vatican: Pope Benedict XVI to Step Down on Feb. 28

Pope Benedict XVI will step down on Feb. 28, making him the first pontiff to abdicate his post since the Middle Ages, NBC News reported. The 85-year-old leader of the Roman Catholic Church announced his decision...

Friday, Mar 8, 2013 at 12:56 PM EST

Pope Benedict XVI Marks Last Day As Pontiff

Pope Benedict XVI Marks Last Day As Pontiff

Pope Benedict XVI leaves the Apostolic Palace by helicopter.

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Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina has been announced as the new leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics. He has taken the name Pope Francis and succeeds Pope Benedict XVI, who formally ended his papacy on Feb. 28. Refresh this page often for complete coverage.