Edward Pentin

Vatican Sex Sting

An after-hours office meeting between a young man and a top Roman Catholic official has prompted a fresh inquiry into gay priests. What the investigation could mean for the Holy See.

'People Will Love Him'

As the Vatican's Undersecretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Father J. Augustine Di Noia has worked closely with Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger for the last four years.

'A Man of God'

Could the Roman Catholic Church soon have an African pope? When the conclave of cardinals meets in Rome next week to elect a new pontiff, many analysts expect them to choose someone from Europe.

Decoding Opus Dei

In Dan Brown's best-selling thriller, "The Da Vinci Code," Opus Dei is depicted as a dark and mysterious cult within the Roman Catholic Church, a secretive society of men and women who have sought political power to further the interests of a wealthy elite.

The Media Pope

In 1996, Weeke became something of a newsmaker herself when a Turkish journalist called her to say he was at the Vatican with the mother of Mehmet Ali Agca, the man who tried to assassinate the pope in 1981.

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Food: The Thrill Of The HuntIt's mushroom season in Europe, and time for fungi fanatics to hit the woods. Martin Lewy, a mycology enthusiast who runs mycologue.