In Vatican City, 115 cardinals gather for a secretive ritual to elect the next pontiff. Rappler provides blow-by-blow updates – and context – on the historic conclave for the 266th leader of the Catholic Church.

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Pope's hints on married priests trouble Vatican

Twice in three months, Francis has talked about changes to the tradition of celibate priests – although he has never been precise about how exactly this could be reformed

Twice in three months, Francis has talked about changes to the tradition of celibate ...

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Pope's hints on married priests trouble Vatican

Pope Francis travels to Brazil later this month, a country riven by social tensions and ...

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Pope readies trip to simmering Brazil

(UPDATED) Pope Francis includes two Europeans, two Latin Americans, an American, an ...

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Pope sets up council to study Church reforms

Pope Francis completed his installation as pontiff at an emotional ceremony in which he ...

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Pope completes installation with emotional Rome mass

Pope Francis urges Vatican disciplinarians to act with determination against sexual abuse ...

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Pope Francis calls for action against sex abuse

The inclusion of two Muslims in a foot-washing ceremony by Pope Francis could change ...

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Papal ritual raises hope for better ties with Islam

Washing the feet of 12 young prisoners, Pope Francis breaks tradition to fulfill his call ...

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Pope to prisoners: I'm at your service

Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said the new pontiff would remain in the 120-room ...

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Pope to live in Vatican guesthouse 'until further notice'

It is the first time a pontiff has met his predecessor

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Pope holds historic meet with predecessor Benedict XVI

Pope Francis calls for the Roman Catholic Church to intensify its dialogue with Islam

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Pope urges Church to 'intensify' dialogue with Islam