Jan 28, 2014 12:28pm

Pope Francis Rocks Rolling Stone Magazine Cover

Never has a pope had so much in common with a rock star. Pope Francis, who is known for his independent streak and for captivating crowds, has landed the February 2014 cover of Rolling Stone magazine. “The times they are a-changin’ at the Vatican,” Rolling… Read More »

Jul 25, 2013 1:03pm

Pope Blasts Selfishness and Corruption in Slum Visit

RIO DE JANEIRO – The man who has become known as the “people’s pope” lived up to the title today as he called on Catholics during his first foreign trip to forego selfishness and materialism in favor of charity and sacrifice. Pope Francis delivered a… Read More »

By ABC News

Mar 13, 2013 5:15pm

Who Wore It Best: Papal Edition

  Moments after his election today, the newly named Pope Francis was dressed in the white vestments unique to the highest office in Catholicism. The pope is allowed to decide just how decked out he wants to get – choosing from dozens of items, including… Read More »

Feb 25, 2013 11:34am

Can a Voting Cardinal Skip Papal Conclave?

ROME–Today’s British Cardinal Keith O’Brien announced he will not be attending the conclave. But, as a prince of the church, can he refuse to do so? As of today, the pope accepted O’Brien’s resignation as Archbishop of St. Andrews and Edinburgh. But O’Brien retains the… Read More »

Feb 25, 2013 9:05am

Results of ‘Vatileaks’ Probe For ‘Pope’s Eyes Only’

ROME – Pope Benedict XVI decided to keep secret the contents of an investigative report on the “Vatileaks” scandal, ruling that the only person who will get to see it will be the next pope. The top secret dossier details the findings of an internal… Read More »

Feb 15, 2013 2:59pm

‘God’s Bank’ and Its New Boss

   ROME — Today it was more than just a routine personnel matter for Pope Benedict XVI to name a new president of the Vatican Bank: German lawyer Ernst von Freyberg.  The appointment may well be the last of the pope’s papacy, filling a vacancy… Read More »

Feb 11, 2013 11:22am

Pope Benedict XVI Never Aspired to Be Pope: Historian

After Pope Benedict XVI’s announcement today that he will resign on Feb. 28, his older brother told The Associated Press that the pontiff had been advised by his doctor not to take any more transatlantic trips and had been considering stepping down for months. Talking from… Read More »

By Muriel Pearson

Jan 26, 2013 12:58pm

Charity Helps Those Leaving Polygamy Sect

Tonight “20/20″ updates the story of Willy Steed’s breaking away from the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS), the polygamous sect whose leader and prophet is Warren Jeffs. Without money or resources, Steed and his family turned to Holding Out HELP,… Read More »

By Audrey Wozniak

Jul 5, 2012 9:24am

Vatican Threatens to Excommunicate Chinese Priest Backed By Beijing

The Vatican has threatened a Chinese priest with excommunication if China moves ahead with his government-backed bishop ordination, which has not been approved by the Holy See. The Chinese government-backed appointment of the Rev. Yue Fusheng in northern Chinese city of Harbin on Friday is aggravating already-tense… Read More »

By ABC News

Jul 3, 2012 9:26am

Inside One of the Holiest Rooms in Mormon Temple

It’s a room few get to see, with high ceilings, comfortable furnishings and an ethereal brightness that’s meant to evoke images of heaven. Called the Celestial Room, it’s one of the most sacred rooms of a Mormon temple. The purpose of the room is “to… Read More »