Pope Benedict XVI
Habemus Papem! After four rounds of secret voting, the cardinals elected Jorge Mario Bergoglio as the new leader of the Catholic Church on March 13.
The crowd at St. Peter’s Square went wild on March 13, when Jorge Mario Bergoglio made his first public appearance as the new pope. The newly anointed Pope Francis I stepped out onto the balcony of the Sistine Chapel to make his debut as the newest leader of the Catholic Church, following the billowing of white smoke from the chimney one hour earlier.
A groundbreaking moment happened on March 13 when white smoke was seen coming out of the Vatican, meaning the Papal Conclave has concluded and the Cardinals have chosen a new Pope.
After the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, on Feb. 28, white smoke was seen billowing from the Vatican chimney in Rome, meaning only one thing: a new Pope has been chosen. It took the Cardinals four rounds of voting in the secret conclave to pick the new leader of the Catholic church, and an announcement will be made within one hour.
Shocking! Pope Benedict XVI, 85, will resign on Feb. 28, his spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said. He’ll be the first Pope in nearly 600 years to step down.
Pope Benedict XVI will stand down as the leader of the Catholic church, because his strength is “no longer adequate to continue in office due to his advanced age.”
The Pope is going viral! Pope Benedict XVI tweeted to his nearly one million English followers for the first time on December 12 at 2:30am EST. He tweeted a series of inspirational messages! Keep reading to see what he has to say!
Pope Benedict XVI is on Twitter! @Pontifex is available in 8 languages and the accounts tweeted simultaneously on the morning of December 12, answering questions from dedicated followers! Watch the video below!
Sasha and Malia mistake anyone with a frock for the pope!
President Barack Obama was on The Oprah Winfrey Show with Michelle and the two had a hilarious anecdote abut meeting the Pope Benedict with their two girls, Malia, 12, and Sasha, 9.
Who did YOU admire most in 2009?
Elin Nordegren‘s in good company! Tiger Woods‘ wife rounds out Gallup‘s annual survey of the 10 women most admired in 2009, placing her just behind the likes of Maya Angelou, Queen Elizabeth II and Sarah Palin. And when it comes to the gentlemen, there’s just no contest — President Obama dominated the list of the most admired men of 2009. Browse the complete lists, and tell us who YOU most admired this year. Read more