Papal Conclave

VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - MARCH 13:  Newly elected Pope Francis I appears on the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica on March 13, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican.  Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected as the 266th Pontiff and will lead the world's 1.2 billion Catholics.  (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

Who Is Pope Francis I?

The 76-year-old is from Buenos Aires and reportedly finished second in the 2005 Conclave that ended with Benedict the 16th as Pope.


Black smoke billows out from a chimney on the roof of the Sistine Chapel indicating that the College of Cardinals have failed to elect a new Pope on March 12, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Reporting From Rome: No One Surprised To See Black Smoke

There weren’t big crowds in St. Peter’s Square today largely because the weather was dreadful.


Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley at Mass at The Vatican Tuesday morning. (Credit: WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Jay Borselle)

Black Smoke, No Pope Yet As Cardinals Begin Voting At Vatican

The first vote was held around 2:40 p.m. Boston time and black smoke emerged from the Sistine Chapel chimney at the Vatican, signalling no pope has been chosen yet.


Boston Archbishop Cardinal Sean O'Malley at St. Peter's Basilica on March 6, 2013 in Vatican City. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Cardinal O’Malley

Cardinal O’Malley has been serving parts of Massachusetts since 1992, when, as Bishop, he was chosen to lead the Diocese of Fall River. He has been serving Boston for about a decade. But here are five things you may not have known about him.


David Clohessy of SNAP

Sex Abuse Victims’ Group Says Cardinal O’Malley Has Not Done Enough

While Cardinal Sean is often applauded as a reformer after the sexual abuse crisis in Boston, SNAP put him on its “dirty dozen” list of possible popes, accusing him of withholding the names of some abusive priests.


WBZ-TV's Aaron Strader working in Vatican City. (Credit: WBZ-TV's Lisa Hughes)

Reporting From Rome: Cardinals Hold Final Meetings Ahead Of Tuesday Conclave

Cardinals held their final meetings this morning. One hundred fifty two cardinals were present, 28 spoke.


Boston Archbishop Cardinal Sean O'Malley celebrates Mass March 11, 2013 for the seminarians at the North American College in Rome (Photo courtesy: The Pilot/ George Martell)

Papal Conclave: Cardinal Sean O’Malley Still Among Front-Runners

Vatican officials say it is possible the cardinals may decide not to vote Tuesday, but if they do, it would be late in the day.


Cardinal Sean O'Malley celebrating Sunday Mass. (Credit: Aaron Strader)

Reporting From Rome: O’Malley Makes Last Public Appearance Before Conclave

If Roman waiters and cab drivers are any indication, Cardinal Sean has the popular vote.


Cardinal Bernard Law entering Mass Sunday morning in Rome.

Former Boston Cardinal Bernard Law Says Mass In Rome Ahead Of Conclave

Former Boston Cardinal Bernard Law is also in Rome ahead of the Papal Conclave.


Cardinal Sean O'Malley enters church Sunday to say Mass.

Cardinal Sean O’Malley Celebrates Mass Sunday Morning

Cardinal Sean O’Malley celebrated Mass at his Titular Church Santa Maria Della Vittoria Sunday morning.