Catholic cardinals gathered Tuesday before they retired behind the closed doors of the Sistine Chapel. The process of selecting who will lead the world's 1.2 billion Catholics took place, with black smoke indicating that they have not yet selected the new Pope.
Because the cardinals could not come to an agreement Tuesday, puffs of black smoke were seen from the chapel's chimney- the black smoke signaled a failed vote, and eventually, white smoke will signal that a pope has been chosen. All of the cardinal's ballots are destroyed to maintain the integrity of the conclave.
Italy has the largest portion of cardinals within the conclave with 28. The United States is second with 11 in the College of Cardinals. For this conclave, there are 48 countries represented, which is among the most diverse in history. more >>
Christians around the world gathered Sunday, Nov. 25 to honor the Feast of Christ the King, a Christian tradition celebrated on the last Sunday of the liturgical calendar to commemorate Jesus as the ruler of the universe.
Pope Benedict XVI celebrated the Feast of Christ the King at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, Italy on Sunday, centering his homily on the origin of God's infinite power: love and truth.
"Jesus came to reveal and bring a new kingship, that of God; he came to bear witness to the truth of a God who is love, who wants to establish a kingdom of justice, love and peace," Benedict told those in attendance at Sunday's mass. more >>
Pope Benedict XVI and Cardinal Kurt Koch spoke on Thursday at the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity, telling members of the council that divisions within Christianity further inhibit evangelism.
Previous to the plenary meeting, president of the council Cardinal Koch said that "the credibility of the message of the Gospel depends on unity."
A church in Rome opened up a memorial earlier this month to modern-day Christian martyrs that pays tribute to those who have given their lives to help others. The initiative was first started by John Paul II in 1993.
The memorial pays tribute to Christians from various denominations, Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox included.
"You are living through a difficult period. We are praying for you. The blood of the martyrs will not have been spilt in vain," remarked Priest Angelo Romano from the Basilica of St. Bartholomew, addressing all those who suffer persecution on a daily basis throughout the world. more >>
A 5.8-magnitude earthquake struck northern Italy on Tuesday, just over a week after the same region was shaken by a 6.0-magnitude quake. The death toll is currently at 10 people.
Alberto Silverstri, mayor of San Felice sul Panaro, told Italy's SkyTG24 that the situation is "very serious," as some people remain trapped under rubble.
The quake struck near Modena at around 9 a.m. local time and several aftershocks with magnitudes 5 and above followed. Many buildings, including factories and churches, have been destroyed. more >>
The Shroud of Turin, the ancient 14-foot long piece of burial cloth which many believe holds the imprint of the face of Jesus Christ, continues to be an important artifact when it comes to examining the Christian faith, as a new book proposes that it was this very robe that convinced Christ's apostles that he had risen from the dead.
The controversial claim, which positions that the apostles never actually saw the resurrected Christ as Scripture records, is made in The Sign: The Shroud of Turin and the Secret of the Resurrection by art historian Thomas de Wesselow, who is based in King's College in England.
Although the contents and methodology of the book, which is set to be released on April 3 in the U.S., have mostly been kept a secret, the Telegraph shares de Wesselow's conclusion from the book: more >>