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Pope’s comments on gay clergy mark change in style–if not substance

Although LGBT groups found the pope's comments on gay priests "very welcome," Catholic groups pointed out that they were consistent with Church doctrine that loves the sinner but hates the sin.Full story

Pope Francis targets child abuse, leaks in Vatican legal reform

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis, acting to end years of scandals damaging the Catholic Church, overhauled Vatican law on Thursday to specify sexual violence against children as a crime and impose tough penalties for staff who leak confidential Vatican information. Full story

Pope laments 'gay lobby,' corruption in Vatican: report

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis has acknowledged the existence of a "gay lobby" and a "stream of corruption" in the Vatican, according to reports in Catholic media not denied by the Vatican. Full story

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  Pope Benedict’s landmark visit to Cuba

Pope Benedict arrives in Cuba, 14 years after Pope John Paul’s visit to the island. The Pope is expected to see huge crowds and meet with both Raul and Fidel Castro during his three day visit.  NBC’s Mark Potter reports.

  Pope’s ex-butler leaked documents

In a scoop being referred to as Vatileaks, the pope’s former butler passed hundreds of pages of documents he smuggled out of the pope’s apartment to journalist Gianluigi Nuzzi, the contents of which some believe forced the pope to resign. NBC’s Richard Engel reports.

  Cardinals gather at Vatican ahead of Conclave

MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts talks to Father John Bartunek about the upcoming Conclave of Cardinals to elect the new pope.

  Touring the pope's new residence

Art historian Elizabeth Lev and Chris Jansing tour the Italian residence, Castle Gandolfo, where Pope Emeritus Benedict is beginning his retirement.

  The frontrunners in new pope search

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.

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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
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

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. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

Left: Pope Benedict; Right: Pope Francis
Left: Pope Benedict; Right: Pope Francis

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,
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,

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