Sylvia Poggioli http://wfpl.org en Pope's First Easter Mass Sends Messages Of Peace http://wfpl.org/post/popes-first-easter-mass-sends-messages-peace Pope Francis celebrated his first Easter Sunday Mass praying for world peace and urging a diplomatic solution to the standoff on the Korean peninsula.<p>Only two weeks after his election, the first pope from the developing world continues to make his mark on the Catholic Church.<p>St. Sun, 31 Mar 2013 16:11:57 +0000 Sylvia Poggioli 4763 at http://wfpl.org Pope's First Easter Mass Sends Messages Of Peace Sistine Chapel Conclave Prep Includes Ensuring Social Media Blackout http://wfpl.org/post/sistine-chapel-conclave-prep-includes-ensuring-social-media-blackout Last-minute preparations are under way at the Vatican where the conclave to elect the new pope begins Tuesday.<p>The 115 cardinal electors will remain at the Sistine Chapel incommunicado from the rest of the world as they vote. In the era of social media, however, Vatican officials are taking every precaution to prevent cardinals from yielding to the temptation to tweet and text.<p>In one corner of the chapel, workers have already installed a century-old cast-iron stove, where the voting ballots are to be burned after being tallied. Sun, 10 Mar 2013 12:33:25 +0000 Sylvia Poggioli 4419 at http://wfpl.org Sistine Chapel Conclave Prep Includes Ensuring Social Media Blackout Pope Benedict Leaves A Church Mired In Crises http://wfpl.org/post/pope-benedict-leaves-church-mired-crises Today is the last day of the papacy of Pope Benedict XVI. Just two weeks ago, the German-born pope stunned the world by announcing he would be the first pope to resign in 600 years. After eight years on the throne of St. Thu, 28 Feb 2013 15:43:03 +0000 Sylvia Poggioli 4252 at http://wfpl.org Pope Benedict Leaves A Church Mired In Crises Cat Fight In Rome: Beloved Shelter Faces Closure http://wfpl.org/post/cat-fight-rome-beloved-shelter-faces-closure Anyone who has visited Rome and its antique monuments has also seen their four-legged residents: the many stray cats that bask in the sun amid the ruins.<p>One site in central Rome is known as "cat forum," thanks to its adjacent cat shelter. But Italian archaeology officials have issued the <a href="http://www.romancats.com/" target="_blank">Torre Argentina Cat Shelter Association</a> an eviction notice, and feline lovers from around the world are bracing for a cat fight.<p>The Roman ruins at Torre Argentina are an oasis in the middle of the city's chaotic traffic. Tue, 04 Dec 2012 16:35:49 +0000 Sylvia Poggioli 2789 at http://wfpl.org Cat Fight In Rome: Beloved Shelter Faces Closure