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Pope Francis delivers a speech during a meeting with youth of the diocese on July 5, 2014 in Castelpetroso, southern Italy, as part of his one day visit in the Molise region. (Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images)

Pope Francis Asks Forgiveness For Clergy Sex Abuse, Vows To Hold Bishops Accountable For Shielding Pedophile Priests

Pope Francis begged forgiveness Monday in his first meeting with Catholics sexually abused by members of the clergy and went further than any of his predecessors by vowing to hold bishops accountable for their handling of pedophile priests.

07/07/2014

The Conclave Of Cardinals Have Elected A New Pope To Lead The World's Catholics

Vatican Reviewing Catholic Stance On Gay Marriage, Contraception; Calls For Being ‘Less Judgmental’

As San Francisco explodes with revelers celebrating the gay lifestyle, on Thursday the Vatican discussed less judgmental language regarding gay unions and the gay lifestyle, in addition to conceding that most Catholics reject its teachings on sex and contraception as intrusive and irrelevant.

06/27/2014

Pope John Paul II performs communion at Candlestick Park in 1987. (CBS)

On Eve Of Sainthood, Remembering Pope John Paul II’s ’87 Bay Area Visit And Conservative Legacy

More than a quarter century after making his lone trip the Bay Area, Pope John Paul remains an influential figure as he sits on the verge of sainthood.

04/24/2014

Newly-elected Pope Francis I (Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio) appears on the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica on March 13, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

Bay Area’s Pelosi, Eshoo Join Vice President For Pope’s Installation

House 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.

03/15/2013

Pope Francis, Argentinian cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, appears at the window of St Peter's Basilica's balcony after being elected the 266th pope of the Roman Catholic Church on March 13, 2013 at the Vatican.  (Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images)

Bay Area College Students Get Firsthand Look At New Pope

A 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.

03/14/2013

Newly-elected Pope Francis I (Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio) appears on the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica on March 13, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

Argentine Cardinal Elected Pope; 1st From The Americas

Argentine 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.

03/13/2013

The Conclave Of Cardinals Have Elected A New Pope To Lead The World's Catholics

PHOTOS: Pope Francis I

Newly 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…

03/13/2013

Black smoke rises from a chimney on Sistine Chapel at the Vatican following a second round of voting at the papal conclave Wednesday. (CBS)

No Pope Chosen After 2 More Papal Conclave Votes

The 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.

03/13/2013

Faithful, holding umbrellas, look at a giant screen showing the start of the papal election conclave on St Peter's square on March 12, 2013 at the Vatican. (Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images)

Cardinals Begin Conclave To Choose Next Pope; No Consensus On 1st Vote

As 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.

03/12/2013

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Watch The Vatican Smoke Cam

Following 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…

03/12/2013

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