You are using an outdated browser. Please upgrade now to a modern browser in order to benefit of all our site's features: Chrome, FireFox, Opera, Safari or Internet Explorer. [Close]

The Official Blog of Fox News Channel

Pope Benedict XVI Holds Final Audience in St. Peter’s Square

Earlier today, Pope Benedict XVI held his final general audience in St. Peter’s Square. Roughly 150,000 faithful filled the square to hear his address.

The pope officially retires tomorrow. He will be the first pope to do so in 600 years.

Amy Kellogg reported live from Rome about the process by which a new pope will be chosen.

The College of Cardinals is set to begin on March 4, at which point they will set a date for the conclave. The conclave is the process by which the cardinals elect a new pope. The conclave will likely begin around March 8. Cardinals will cast a few ballots every day until a new pope is elected. Black smoke will rise every time there is a failed ballot. When white smoke rises over the Vatican, there is a new pope.


  • Judge Sentences Youth Hockey Dad for Tripping Opposing Player
  • UPDATE: 'Tanning Mom's' Courtroom Victory
  • HIGHLIGHTS: 11-Year-Old Basketball Prodigy Stars Against High School Players!
  • 8th Grader Told to Remove Marines Shirt Over Gun Image

  • Leave a Comment0

    Today's Front Page Stories

    Don't want to keep checking back here for the latest from Fox News? That's cool. We'll come to you ...

    Connect with Fox News

    Subscribe

    Stay connected with the most-trusted name in cable news through exclusive videos, blogs, polls, contests and behind-the-scene details.

    Get More Fox!

    Greta Is Wired!

    GretaWire.com is the official blog of Greta Van Susteren. Get Greta’s breaking news alerts, pictures, videos, polls, and behind-the-scenes exclusives. Plus, speak out on open threads, as well as the live chat page. Connect to the GretaWire community ... and to Greta herself!

    Fox News Presents: 'My America with Elisabeth Hasselbeck'

    Fox News Channel presents an exciting new feature series, My America with Elisabeth Hasselbeck. From the quirky to the inspirational, "My America" reveals who we are as a nation – driven, passionate and uniquely American. Watch the latest installment, 'The Guardian Angel,' here.