Vatican

Selecting a pope

Source: CNN Technically, any Roman Catholic male can be elected pope. But since 1379, every pope has been selected from the College of Cardinals, the group casting the votes at the conclave. Many of the cardinals are bishops and archbishops appointed by the pope to assist in religious issues. Some […]

The Vatican’s woes God’s bankers A beleaguered papacy is embroiled in intrigue. Some scent a succession struggle

Source: The Economist: God’s bankers   FEW things annoy Vatican officials more than lurid novels that depict the papacy as the secretive heart of a global conspiracy. Pope Benedict XVI’s most senior official, his secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, this month accused journalists of trying to imitate the American […]