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When they are not in the Sistine Chapel, seated under Michelangelo's frescoes to vote for the next pope, the cardinal-electors will stay in a modern guesthouse that offers them both privacy and space to gather for relaxed conversation.
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VATICAN CITY – In one of his last public appearances, Pope Benedict told an overflow crowd in St. Peter's Square Feb. 24 that his upcoming retirement does not mean he is abandoning the Church, but that he will serve it in a new way, through prayer and meditation.
Catholic school teachers in danger of losing their passion for teaching need a dose of joy, says David Wells.
Ambrogio Piazzoni, vice prefect of the Vatican Library and author of the book, History of Papal Elections, shared facts and curiosities with journalists at the Vatican Feb. 20:
A growing group of Quebec physicians is rallying opposition to the province's plans to bring in euthanasia under the euphemism "medical aid in dying."
If you want to make people believe in something they've never seen and half the world says is impossible, start young. The Kielburger brothers learned that lesson from the Jesuits at Brebeuf College in Toronto.
Threats to religious freedom around the world, the human costs of globalization, media transformed by the revolution in information technology – these are some of the challenges that the next pope is bound to face in leading the Church.
Irish bookies are giving him great odds, Edmontonians are answering urgent media producers' calls asking for memories about him, and inquiring journalists sometimes hear a "no comment" barked into their cellphone or texted instantly back.
TORONTO – The College of Cardinals may be poised to break with 1,300 years of tradition and elect a non-European pope but the passport of the pontiff is "essentially not relevant," said Cardinal Thomas Collins.