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Responses, many angry, flood Ohio St after remarks

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Outraged priests. Furious alumni. Offended Roman Catholics. All were among dozens of people who wrote angry letters and emails to Ohio State University earlier this year over remarks former President Gordon Gee made jabbing Catholics, Notre Dame and Southeastern Con... Full story

Pope Francis makes good first impression on U.S. Catholics: poll

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Pope Francis, formally installed on Tuesday as head of the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, has made a good impression so far in the United States among Catholics and non-Catholics, though few Americans knew much about him, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed. Full story

Sights and sounds from Pope Francis’ election

   Some of the most memorable moments as Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 76, was named the next pope. Pope Francis, whose installation will take place Tuesday, March 19, will lead the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics.

New pope's choice of name will carry his first message

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Even before he utters his first words in public, the new pope who emerges from the conclave this week will send Roman Catholics around the world a message encoded in the name he chooses. Full story

Papal conclave has roots in turbulent 13th century

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - When Roman Catholic cardinals enter the secret conclave to choose a new pope on Tuesday they will be following a ritual dating to the 13th century, when papal elections could last for years and some cardinals died during the grueling process. Full story

What matters in cardinals' decision of new pope?

   Top Talkers: Roman Catholic cardinals are gathering in Rome for Tuesday's conclave at the Sistine Chapel. The Morning Joe panel discusses who could be a potential successor to Pope Benedict XVI, who resigned in February 2013.

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British cardinal apologizes over sexual conduct: statement

Resigning UK cardinal says he will not attend conclave

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  Nun: Roman Catholic church is last bastion of sexism

Sister Louise Akers, with the Sisters of Charity, says she hopes the next Pope will do more to modernize the church, including the ordainment of women.

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