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Cardinals Conduct Their Final Mass Before Entering Into The Conclave

PHOTOS: The Papal Conclave Process

As devoted Catholics await patiently, inside the Sistine Chapel will attend 115 cardinals as they vote to select the 266th Pope of the Catholic Church…


Cardinal William Levada of San Francisco. (Photo by David Paul Morris/Getty Images)

On Eve Of Conclave, SF Cardinal Levada Outspoken On New Pope Pick

Cardinal William Levada of San Francisco has not minced words in the days leading up to Tuesday’s conclave to replace Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.


Pope Benedict XVI attends a meeting with his cardinals during a farewell ceremony in the Clementine Hall of the Vatican's Apostolic Palace on February 28, 2013 in Vatican City. (Photo by L'Osservatore Romano - Vatican Pool via Getty Images)

Cardinals, Including SF’s Levada, Set Tuesday For Start Of Pope Vote

The Vatican said Friday that cardinals gathered in Rome to elect a new pope would begin the actual election process, known as the papal conclave, on Tuesday.


Cardinals participate in prayers inside Sistine Chapel before start of 2005 conclave to elect a new pope. (Photo courtesy: Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano)

CBS News In Depth: Change At The Vatican

Follow the latest news on Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation, the papal conclave of the College of Cardinals, and the first days of a new pope…


Pope Benedict XVI Steps Down And Officially Retires From The Papal Office

Video: Pope Benedict XVI Spends Last Day At The Vatican

The Catholic Church and its 1.2 billion followers are without a leader as Pope Benedict XVI became the first pontiff in 600 years to step down Thursday.


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Photo Gallery: Pope Benedict XVI Retires

A look at the life and service of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the 265th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church.


Pope Benedict XVI gives his cardinal ring to newly appointed William Levada of USA on St Peter Square, 25 March 2006 in The Vatican. (Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images)

Former SF Archbishop Prepares For Conclave To Select New Pope

The former Archbishop of San Francisco, William Levada, was among the cardinals in Vatican City Thursday preparing to be locked inside the Sistine Chapel for the conclave to choose the successor to Pope Benedict XVI.


Pope Benedict XVI Steps Down And Officially Retires From The Papal Office

Video: Pope Benedict XVI Gives His Final Address

Pope Benedict XVI was greeted by thousands of people in St. Peter’s Square for his final address.


Cardinal Roger Mahony leads Christmas mass at The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels December 25, 2010 in Los Angeles. (Eric Thayer/Getty Images)

Ex-SF Archbishop: Cardinal Tainted In Sex Abuse Scandal Should Help Select New Pope

A prominent member of the US Catholic hierarchy who will take part in the selection of the next pope says retired Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony should also participate in the process.


This file picture taken on December 29, 2012, in St.Peter's square at the Vatican shows Pope Benedict XVI saluting as he arrives to the ecumenical christian community of Taize during their European meeting. Pope Benedict XVI on February 11, 2013 announced he will resign on February 28, a Vatican spokesman told AFP, which will make him the first pope to do so in centuries. (Alberto Pizzolio/AFP/Getty Images)

Pope’s Resignation For ‘The Good Of The Church’ Says SF Archbishop

Declaring that he lacks the strength to do his job, Pope Benedict XVI announced Monday he will resign Feb. 28 – becoming the first pontiff to step down in 600 years. His decision sets the stage for a mid-March conclave to elect a new leader for a Roman Catholic Church in deep turmoil.