Vatican http://nhpr.org en Pope Francis: The People's Pope http://nhpr.org/post/pope-francis-peoples-pope <p>Pope Benedict the 16th stunned the Catholic world in February <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013/02/11/pope-benedict-xvi-resign/1908779/">by announcing his retirement</a>: the first papal resignation in 700 years. And since the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/03/13/174201655/a-pope-is-chosen">election of Pope Francis</a> in March, the surprises have only continued: he’s the first Latin American pope, the first Jesuit, the first pope from the southern hemisphere. Tue, 10 Dec 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 39814 at http://nhpr.org Pope Francis: The People's Pope The Vatican's Very Own "Cone Of Silence" http://nhpr.org/post/vaticans-very-own-cone-silence <p>There was a time when locking the Vatican’s doors was enough to ensure secrecy over the process of choosing a new pope – but with at least seventeen cardinals on Twitter, and who knows how many on Facebook – the church isn’t taking any chances. &nbsp;&nbsp;The Vatican has now installed something called a “Faraday Cage” – a device sort of like the “Cone of Silence” from the 1960 spy comedy, “Get Smart”, designed to keep what happens in the Vatican… well, in the Vatican. Joining us today to unlock the secrets of the Faraday Cage is <strong>Rob Fleischman, </strong>Chief Technology Officer at Xero-Cole, and our favorite explainer of all things wired.</p><p> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 14:28:38 +0000 Virginia Prescott 23534 at http://nhpr.org The Vatican's Very Own "Cone Of Silence"