Benedict XVI
  • Pope Francis speaks before the Regina Coeli prayer from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Monday, April 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)

    Pope Francis will spend Monday's Vatican holiday praying at the tomb of Peter, during a visit to the excavated necropolis under St. Peter's Basilica.

    LAST UPDATE : Apr 01, 2013, 11:25 AM EDT
  • Pope Francis delivers his Angelus prayer from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, March 17, 2013. Breaking with tradition, Pope Francis delivered off-the-cuff remarks about God's power to forgive instead of reading from a written speech for the first Sunday window appearance of his papacy. He also spoke only in Italian, beginning with "buon giorno" (Good day) and ending with "buon pranzo" (Have a good lunch), instead of greeting the faithful in several languages

    Pope Francis' diplomatic skills were put to the test as he lunched with Argentine President Cristina Fernandez, a day before world leaders attend his installation Mass.

    LAST UPDATE : Jul 15, 2013, 5:03 PM EDT
  • A woman holds a cross as she waits in St. Peter's Square on the second day of the conclave to elect a new pope, at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013.

    Black smoke rising from the Sistine Chapel today reflects continuing divisions among cardinals after three rounds of voting; the winning candidate must receive 77 votes, or two-thirds of the conclave. 


    LAST UPDATE : Mar 13, 2013, 1:28 PM EDT