The Papal Transition: Coverage from 'America'

Pope Benedict XVI meets Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio at the Vatican in 2007. AFP: Arturo Mari/Osservatore Romano

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Daily Updates from Matt Malone, S.J.

Follow Father Malone's daily commentary from Rome @Americaeditor.

Video Report (March 12)

From Rome: Day 1 (March 12)

Report from Rome (March 11)

Features

Q&A on the Papal Transition, Thomas J. Reese, S.J. (Updated: March 13)

Benedict and the Speed of Light, Leonard DeLorenzo (Feb. 28)

March 18 Issue

A Listening Church, The Editors

Quo Vadis? Reflections on the Shape of the Church to Come, James Hanvey, S.J.

A Punch List: Priorities for the Next Pope, Patrick J. Ryan, S.J., Stephen Bullivant, Gemma Simmonds, C.J., Katarina Schuth, O.S.F.

Habemus Humor? James Martin, S.J.

After the Scandals, Cardinals Look to Reform Roman Curia, Signs of the Times

March 11 Issue

Reading Benedict, Drew Christiansen, S.J., Tracey Rowland, Daniel J. Harrington, S.J., James Martin, S.J.

A Pope's Progress, Christopher M. Bellito

Hello, I Must Be Going: A History of Papal Resignations, John W. O'Malley, S.J.

The Pope They Missed, John Carr

Who's Next? More Questions about the Next Pope, Thomas J. Reese, S.J.

March 4 Issue

A Historic Departure, Drew Christiansen, S.J., James Martin, S.J., Vincent J. Miller and Sidney Callahan

Point of Departure, The Editors

We Have Papabili! Signs of the Times

Feb. 25 Issue

Benedict Announces First Papal Resignation in 600 Years, Signs of the Times

Digital Features

Videos from Catholic News Service

The Shape of the Church to Come, a podcast with James Hanvey, S.J. (March 11 issue)

A Papacy in Transition, a podcast with Thomas J. Reese, S.J., and John W. O'Malley, S.J. (March 4 issue)

Daily Updates from James L. Franklin

Reader's Guide: Day 13 (March 13)

Reader's Guide: Day 12 (March 12)

Reader's Guide: Day 11 (March 11)

Reader's Guide: Day 10 (March 8)

Reader's Guide: Day Nine (March 7)

Reader's Guide: Day Eight (March 6)

Reader's Guide: Day Seven (March 5)

Reader's Guide: Day Six (March 4)

Reader's Guide: Day Five (March 1)

Reader's Guide: Day Four (Feb. 28)

Reader's Guide: Day Three (Feb. 27)

Reader's Guide: Day Two (Feb. 26)

Reader's Guide to the Papal Transition (Feb. 25)

In All Things Blog

A Pope in Brown? Tom Washburn, O.F.M. (March 7)

Hush, Now! Reflections on the Interregnum, Drew Christiansen, S.J. (March 1)

My Life As Pope, Raymond A. Schroth, S.J. (Feb. 28)

Post-Vatican II or Post-John Paul and Benedict? Vincent J. Miller (Feb. 28)

The Pope and Saint Francis, Tom Washburn, O.F.M. (Feb. 27)

The Holy Father's Hidden Heroism, John Roselle, S.J. (Feb. 26)

Pew Report: U.S. Catholics Divided on Church's Direction Under New Pope (Feb. 22)

Why I Should Be Pope, James Martin, S.J. (Feb. 21)

Servant of the Servants of God, Mark-David Janus (Feb. 19)

From the Archives

Articles on Pope Benedict XVI's pontificate and books

The Papacy for an Ecumenical Age, Ladislas Orsy, S.J. (Oct. 21, 2000)

The Pacacy for a Global Church, Avery Dulles, S.J. (July 15, 2000)

If a Pope Resigns..., Bishop Kenneth E. Untener (March 25, 2000)

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