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Fans see Pope Francis as a pope of the people but more conservative Catholics feel he's too loose with church doctrine.
Who stole the Pope's spotlight? This kid did! CNN's Jeanne Moos reports on the pint-sized papal pal.
The Vatican is expected to declare Pope John Paul II a saint sometime within the next 16 months. Brian Todd reports.
CNN's Brian Todd reports on Pope Francis' security challenges after he waded into a crowd without warning.
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Here's a look at the life of the new pope. Lisa Sylvester reports.
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The growing number of Catholics in Latin America might explain the votes for the Argentine Pope. Tom Foreman reports.
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CNN's Ben Wedeman takes us behind the scenes of the preparations for this week's historic papal conclave.
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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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