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Not everyone is jumping on the Bill Gates condom bandwagon.

On the contrary, in a surprising move, Boston College has warned that students distributing condoms on its campus may face disciplinary action.

Students running "safe sites" in dorm rooms providing condoms and advice may be violating the Catholic school's religious mission, officials said.

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A student spokeswoman said the students offer a service not otherwise available at the university, and the ACLU has said it may take legal action.

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James Holmes, the alleged Aurora, Colorado, movie theater shooter, has reportedly converted to Islam while in jail. Emphasis on reportedly.

Holmes’ rumored religious conversion has been widely rumored, yet scrutinized by some media sources, citing a lack of credible evidence.

James Holmes Back in Court

The Daily Mail first ran with the story that Holmes converted to Islam in jail and is now a dedicated Muslim who prays five times a day.

The newspaper received the tip from a prison source, who noted Holmes’ beard, in his most recent court appearance, as evidence of his conversion.

“He has brainwashed himself into believing that he was on his own personal jihad and that his victims were infidels,” the source said of Holmes.

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When Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio became Pope Francis Wednesday, he became an instant celebrity - and one that people have many questions about.

The 266th pope is the first Jesuit to lead the Roman Catholic Church, the first Latin American, and the first to succeed a living pope in 600 years.

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He is also the first to take the papal name of Francis. In terms of his theology, though, the 76-year-old Argentine is a traditional and conservative selection.

How so? Here are five things to know about Pope Francis, who until yesterday was known as the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Jorge Mario Bergoglio.

1. He's the first Latin-American and Jesuit pope ... but what is a Jesuit?

The Jesuits were founded by St. Ignatius of Loyola in 1534 as an order of priests and brothers who took a vow of poverty, chastity and obedience.

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Pope Francis, the 266th head of the Roman Catholic Church, was introduced to the world yesterday after he was elected by the College of Cardinals.

Here is his first speech before thousands in St. Peter's Square:

A theological conservative hailed for his compassion toward the poor, the 76-year-old is now the first Jesuit leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics.

The former Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio will be known simply as Pope Francis, not Pope Francis I as previously reported, according to the Vatican.

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It's official: Jorge Mario Bergoglio is your next Pope and we know exactly what you are thinking:

How does Snooki feel about his election?

Fortunately, that reality star and many other celebrities have taken to Twitter and expressed their view on the new pontiff. Read on for their reactions...

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Mario Lopez: Big moment for the church & for those of us who call ourselves Catholics. I hope Pope Francis comes with an open heart & open mind... #Faith

Snooki: Yay for Pope Bergoglio!! He's adorable.

Piers Morgan: Pope Francis 1 is known as a frugal, humble, moderniser. Sounds just what the Catholic Church needs.

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Jorge Mario Bergoglio has been elected the Roman Catholic Church's new Pope. The first Latin American to be Pope, he will call himself Francis I.

As Pope Francis I, Argentine Cardinal Bergoglio replaces Pope Benedict XVI, who resigned last month saying he was not strong enough to lead.

Jorge Mario Bergoglio Photo

About an hour ago, white smoke billowing from the Sistine Chapel chimney announced to the world that cardinals gathered inside had made their choice.

The 115 cardinals have been in isolation since Tuesday, and held four inconclusive votes. At least 77 of them, or two-thirds, are needed to elect the Pope.

Before the conclave began, there was no clear front-runner to replace Benedict, leading millions to wonder who will be the next Pope. Now we know.

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As the College of Cardinals decides on who will be the next Pope, one layman is determined to meet His Holiness and chart a global course for peace and prosperity.

Fresh off his "basketball diplomacy" trip to North Korea, NBA Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman is en route to Vatican City with hopes of meeting the new pontiff.

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On Tuesday, Rodman was en route to Rome with the goal of meeting the Catholic Church’s next leader, with the conclave underway inside the Sistine Chapel.

While it may be some time before white smoke billows out of the chapel’s chimney signaling the election of a new pope, Rodman is excited about it.

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Who will succeed Pope Benedict XVI as the head of the Roman Catholic Church? No one will know until the white smoke comes out the conclave room chimney.

That hasn't stopped Vatican followers from rampantly speculating, however, and The College of Cardinals has no shortage of factors - and candidates - to consider.

Below are some of the key figures of the world's biggest Christian church whose names have emerged from experts as strong candidates to be the next Pope:

Pope Candidates

UPDATE, 3/13: The conclave is over, and Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina will become the new pontiff, and the first-ever Latin-American Pope.

He will henceforth be known as Pope Francis I.

The Argentine Cardinal was not one of the figures profiled below in advance of the conclave. Shows what we - and the experts - know, right?

Cardinal Angelo Scola, 71: He's the archbishop of Milan, a good launching pad, and the former Patriarch of Venice, which has produced many a papal candidate.

Cardinal Marc Ouellet, 68: A frontrunner, the former archbishop of Quebec, who heads the Congregation of Bishops, also speaks six languages.

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Lucy Pinder is spoofing the retirement of Pope Benedict XVI by doing what she does best - posing topless - and the Catholic League is far from pleased.

The prominent organization is up in arms over photos of the UK glamour model scantily covered in priest regalia with the headline "For God's Sake."

Lucy Pinder, Pope

Bill Donohue, Catholic League President, acknowledges, "Lucy Pinder shouldn't have any problem turning men's heads." That's for darn sure.

"So it is all the more gratuitous," he adds, "to see her wearing a priest's stole, stitched with crosses, nicely covering her plus-sized chest."

Very nicely. And strategically.

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Andrew Sullivan, a prominent Catholic and columnist for The Dish and other publications, suggests that the outgoing Pope Benedict may be secretly gay.

The comment stemmed from the recent announcement that Benedict will not go into hidden retirement but will instead continue living in the Vatican.

Pope Benedict, Georg Gaenswein

Sullivan, himself openly gay, speculates that Pope Benedict's relationship with secretary Archbishop Georg Gaenswein is the impetus behind that.

In a post titled, "Two Popes, One Secretary," writes that "something truly weird is going on" between Benedict and Gaenswein, a.k.a. "Gorgeous Georg."

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