VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Vatican Bank, a center of scandals for decades, is to launch its own website and publish its annual report in an effort to increase transparency, its new president said. Full story
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Benedict XVI moved back to the Vatican on Thursday, opening an uncertain era in Catholic Church history where an "emeritus pope" and a ruling pontiff will live as neighbors for the first time. Full story
Art historian Elizabeth Lev and Chris Jansing tour the Italian residence, Castle Gandolfo, where Pope Emeritus Benedict is beginning his retirement.
On Monday at the Vatican, Roman Catholic cardinals will take the first steps toward electing a new pope. They'll meet for three hours in the morning and then again in the early evening. NBC’s Keir Simmons reports.
Now that Benedict XVI has officially stepped down from his reign as pope, the speculation about who will be next begins. NBC’s Keir Simmons reports on some of the frontrunners, including Cardinal Scola of Milan and Cardinal Turkson of Ghana.
In a dramatic exit from the Vatican, Pope Benedict flew off to the papal retreat Castel Gandolfo. Tourists gathered in St. Peter’s Square to watch the momentous occasion. NBC’s Anne Thompson reports.
The Catholic Church has been plagued by scandal in recent years, from sexual abuse charges to allegations of financial mismanagement. Now that Pope Benedict has stepped down, he has left serious, unsolved problems for the next Church leader. NBC’s Keir Simmons reports.
Left: Pope Benedict; Right: Pope Francis
The chimney on the roof of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican City is seen as cardinals began the conclave in order to elect a successor to Pope Benedict, March 12, 2013. Roman Catholic Cardinals started a conclave on Tuesday to elect a successor to Pope Benedict, who abdicated last month. REU
A man sheltering under an umbrella is reflected in a puddle at Saint Peter's Square as the conclave begins in order to elect a successor to Pope Benedict, at the Vatican March 12, 2013. Roman Catholic Cardinals began their conclave inside the Vatican's Sistine Chapel today to elect a new pope.