Papal News

Bay Area’s Pelosi, Eshoo Join Vice President For Pope's InstallationHouse Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Congresswoman Anna Eshoo are joining Vice President Joe Biden on his trip to the Vatican for the installation Mass of Pope Francis next week.
Bay Area College Students Get Firsthand Look At New PopeA group of Bay Area college students got the chance of a lifetime, getting a first hand look as the new pope was introduced to the world at the Vatican on Wednesday.
Bay Area Catholics Welcome New Pope Who Shares San Francisco's NamesakeBay Area Catholics reacted with surprise, joy and cheers on Wednesday at news that Argentine cardinal Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio had become the first pope from the Americas.
Gov. Brown Pleased New Pope Is A JesuitCalifornia Gov. Jerry Brown, who trained as a Jesuit, said Wednesday that he is pleased to see a Jesuit elected pope.
New Pope Brings Conservative Views On Same-Sex Marriage, AbortionBergoglio is known to be conservative on spiritual issues. He opposes abortion, same-sex marriage and supports celibacy. However, according to the National Cathedral Reporter's John Allen, "he's no defender of clerical privilege, or insensitive to pastoral realities."
Argentine Cardinal Elected Pope; 1st From The AmericasArgentine Jorge Bergoglio has been elected pope, the first ever from the Americas and the first from outside Europe in more than a millennium. He chose the name Pope Francis.
PHOTOS: Pope Francis INewly elected Pope Francis I speaks to the waiting crowd from the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City & will lead the world's 1.2 billion Catholics...
No Pope Chosen After 2 More Papal Conclave VotesThe princes of the Roman Catholic Church entered the Sistine Chapel for a second day Wednesday to try and decide on a new pope to replace Benedict XVI, but failed again in their morning round of voting to pick a man for the job.
Cardinals Begin Conclave To Choose Next Pope; No Consensus On 1st VoteAs thousands waited in a cold night rain in St. Peter's Square, the cardinals signaled Tuesday they had failed on their first attempt to find a leader for the world's 1.2 billion Catholics and their troubled church.
Watch The Vatican Smoke CamFollowing each round of voting, cardinals will burn their ballots, emitting smoke from a Sistine Chapel chimney. White smoke indicates a new pope, black signifies an inconclusive vote...
PHOTOS: The Papal Conclave ProcessAs devoted Catholics await patiently, inside the Sistine Chapel will attend 115 cardinals as they vote to select the 266th Pope of the Catholic Church...
On Eve Of Conclave, SF Cardinal Levada Outspoken On New Pope PickCardinal William Levada of San Francisco has not minced words in the days leading up to Tuesday's conclave to replace Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.