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June 20th, 2013
07:12 PM ET

John Paul II on fast track to sainthood

The Vatican is expected to declare Pope John Paul II a saint sometime within the next 16 months. Brian Todd reports.

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March 19th, 2013
10:33 AM ET

Spontaneous pope raises security concerns

CNN's Brian Todd reports on Pope Francis' security challenges after he waded into a crowd without warning.

RELATED STORY: Pope's openness to keep guards on their toes

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March 14th, 2013
10:35 AM ET

Who is Pope Francis?

Here's a look at the life of the new pope. Lisa Sylvester reports.

RELATED STORY: 5 things to know about the new pope

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March 14th, 2013
10:16 AM ET

The numbers: How Francis became pope

The growing number of Catholics in Latin America might explain the votes for the Argentine Pope. Tom Foreman reports.

RELATED STORY: First Latin American pope 'very exciting,' faithful say


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March 11th, 2013
10:02 AM ET

Papal conclave 101

CNN's Ben Wedeman takes us behind the scenes of the preparations for this week's historic papal conclave.

RELATED STORY: Cardinals gather one last day before conclave to elect new pope


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What the next pope will face
March 5th, 2013
02:55 PM ET

What the next pope will face

By Theodore Edgar McCarrick, Special to CNN

Editor's note: Cardinal Theodore McCarrick is the Archbishop Emeritus of Washington, D.C. He participated in the 2005 election of Pope Benedict XVI. Watch Cardinal McCarrick on The Situation Room today at 6 p.m. ET.

(CNN) - The world is waiting on the next pope in more ways than one.

Everyone, including the College of Cardinals, is wondering who the next Bishop of Rome and leader of the world's billion Catholics will be. But the world is waiting in another, more urgent sense, because the pope isn't just a spiritual leader to Catholics. His work has a global dimension.

As has been true in the past, the next pope will have to provide a moral voice to a range of challenges.

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March 1st, 2013
10:14 AM ET

An inside look at life as the pope

Brian Todd interviews a former member of the Swiss Guard who protected John Paul II and knew Benedict XVI.

RELATED STORY: Gambling with God: Staking a wager on the next pope

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August 20th, 2012
06:45 PM ET

Ryan faces split among fellow Catholics

Lisa Sylvester reports on the split support for Paul Ryan among his fellow Catholics, including some activist nuns.

RELATED: CNN OPINION: Who will claim the Catholic vote?

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