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Clergy, faithful digest Francis' Brazil message

In word and deed during his trip to Brazil, Pope Francis put clergy and faithful alike on notice: Get energized, go out and spread the Gospel, give the Roman Catholic Church a more active role in society.Full story

Popes John Paul II, John XXIII to be made saints: Vatican

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The late Pope John Paul II will be made a saint, the Vatican said on Friday, announcing that Pope Francis had approved a second miracle attributed to the Polish pontiff, who led the Roman Catholic Church from 1978 to 2005. Full story

Kentucky woman ordained as priest in defiance of Roman Catholic Church

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (Reuters) - In an emotional ceremony filled with tears and applause, a 70-year-old Kentucky woman was ordained a priest on Saturday as part of a dissident group operating outside of official Roman Catholic Church authority. Full story

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  Stained glass ceiling: Women in the Catholic Church

Though Catholic women and nuns have long run the Roman Catholic Church’s hospitals, schools, and parishes, women cannot be ordained, say Mass, or vote for the pope. As Pope Francis is officially installed, many women think it’s time they be allowed deeper involvement. Maria Shriver reports.

  Pope Francis the first non-European pontiff in modern era

Hailing from Argentina, Cardinal Bergoglio – now Pope Francis, is known as a humble man who forgoes a chauffeur to take the bus to work. As the first Jesuit pope, it’s expected Francis will encourage priests to evangelize, educating others in the Catholic faith. NBC’s Anne Thompson reports

  Archbishop urges more frank approach to scandal

The Archbishop in temporary charge of the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland has spoken about accusations of hypocrisy after the revelations about Cardinal Keith O'Brien. Archbishop Philip Tartaglia said the credibility and moral authority of the church had been undermined. ITV’s Debi Edward reports.

  An opportunity to set a more inclusive table for Catholicism

In her “Open Letter” segment, Melissa Harris-Perry asks cardinals at the Vatican to choose a new Pope that acknowledges the diverse and complicated lives of Catholics across the world.

  Pope embraced after abdication announcement

Declaring that he lacks the strength to do his job, Pope Benedict XVI has announced he will step down Feb. 28, 2013, becoming the first pontiff to do so in 700 years. His decision sets the stage for a mid-March conclave to elect a new leader of the Roman Catholic Church amid deep turmoil. ITV’s Paul

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Reuters photographers test a 1200-1700mm super-telephoto zoom lens, trained on the balcony of Saint Peter's Basilica where a new pope will appear, at the Vatican
Reuters photographers test a 1200-1700mm super-telephoto zoom lens, trained on the balcony of Saint Peter's Basilica where a new pope will appear, at the Vatican

Reuters photographers Dylan Martinez and Tony Gentile test a 1200-1700mm super-telephoto zoom lens, trained on the balcony of Saint Peter's Basilica where a new pope will appear after his election, a day before the beginning of the conclave at the Vatican March 11, 2013. Cardinals held final discus