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Pope washes women's feet in break with church law

In his most significant break with tradition yet, Pope Francis washed and kissed the feet of two young women at a juvenile detention center -- a surprising departure from church rules that restrict the Holy Thursday ritual to men. More>>

Obama sends private letter to new pope

The White House says President Barack Obama has sent a letter to the new pope. More>>

Pope Francis urges protection of nature, weak

Pope Francis laid out the priorities of his pontificate during his installation Mass on Tuesday, urging the princes, presidents, sheiks and thousands of ordinary people attending to protect the environment, the weakest and the poorest and to let tenderness "open up a horizon of hope." More>>

Orthodox patriarch to Rome for pope's installation

Bartholomew I, the spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians, will attend Pope Francis' installation Mass -- the first time a patriarch from the Istanbul-based church has attended a papal investiture since the two branches of Christianity split nearly 1,000 years ago. More>>

Pope Francis lauded for interfaith dialogue

Jewish leaders in Argentina are thrilled with the election of Pope Francis, whom they remember as a clergyman who always worked hard in their country to foster warm relations with other faiths.  More>>

Pope Francis to get simple coat of arms, ring

Pope Francis is mixing his Argentine past with his Roman present to create his new papal coat of arms, while harking back to a pope associated with the Second Vatican Council for the simple ring that he will receive during Tuesday's installation Mass. More>>

Vatican releases pope's Mass details, motto

The Vatican is releasing details of the pope's installation Mass on Tuesday as well images of his coat of arms and fisherman's ring.
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UPDATE: Argentine Jorge Bergoglio elected Pope Francis

From "the end of the earth," the Catholic Church found a surprising new leader Wednesday, a pioneer pope from Argentina who took the name Francis, More>>

Bergoglio a popular pick for Milwaukee Catholics

The election of Jorge Bergoglio as pope is a hit with some Wisconsin Catholics, who see his Argentinian roots as a hopeful sign of change. More>>

Pres. Obama sends prayers, warm wishes to new pope

President Barack Obama is offering warm wishes to newly elected Pope Francis. More>>

AP source: Biden to Rome for pope's installation

Vice President Joe Biden will lead the U.S. delegation to newly elected Pope Francis' installation in Rome. More>>

Newman Catholic High School students and staff watch selection of Pope Francis

Students at staff at Newman Catholic High School in Wausau have high hopes for the new church leader. More>>

Third round of black smoke from Sistine Chapel: No pope yet

Black smoke is billowing from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel, meaning Roman Catholic cardinals have not elected a pope in their second or third rounds of balloting. More>>

Black smoke from chapel chimney: No pope yet

Black smoke poured from the Sistine Chapel chimney on Tuesday, signaling that cardinals had failed on their first vote of the papal conclave to choose a new leader for the world's 1.2 billion Catholics and their troubled church. More>>

Cardinals hold final talks amid debate over manager or pastoral pope

On the eve of their conclave to elect the next pope, Roman Catholic cardinals are offering widely differing views of what they want in a pope. More>>

Considered longshot, Burke mentioned as Papal successor

VATICAN CITY (WXOW/AP) - Pope Benedict XVI's resignation opens the door to an array of possible successors. From the conservative cardinal of Milan to a contender from Ghana and several Latin Americans, as well as one from the La Crosse area. More>>

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