A conclave is not the Iowa caucuses. There will be little ideological clash and change in political stances almost certainly won't happen.
Mar 1-14, 2013
Statements from several U.S. prelates in February point to some division among the nation's bishops regarding their response to a federal mandate requiring contraceptive coverage in health care plans.
Pope Benedict XVI will live "hidden from the world" in "a life dedicated to prayer" after he officially retires. Here's more about what comes next for him.
We say: This is a critical time for the church. Can the global church, mired in an outdated governing system, be effectively managed?
Now that Pope Benedict has granted his own wish to step down, the debate over his legacy is officially open.
A faith-based social-service provider in Washington state has launched a shelter to provide refuge for homeless people who choose to remain in their neighborhoods.
Pope Benedict XVI might want to fade into a quiet retirement of books and music, but Catholics with long memories remember when Joseph Ratzinger was in charge of upholding orthodoxy.
Analysis: The Vatican is stuck in a time period full of court behavior and palace intrigue, trying desperately to stave off 21st-century reality.
Lenten reflection: Guilt has, over the years, gotten a bum rap. Guilt does, in fact, serve a useful purpose.
Analysis: The insult of the investigation of American nuns, which came in the middle of Benedict's reign, appears to have backfired.