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The Vatican is expected to declare Pope John Paul II a saint sometime within the next 16 months. Brian Todd reports.
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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CNN's Lisa Sylvester is given access to the Bible Obama has chosen for his inauguration, a tiny book used by Lincoln.
U.S. Rep. Paul Broun challenges several scientific theories, calling them "lies straight from the pit of hell."
Lisa Sylvester reports on how the influence of organized religion on national politics may be shrinking.
CNN's Brianna Keilar looks at how President Obama and Mitt Romney's faith plays into their politics.
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Fmr. FBI investigator David Gletty talks about the Sikh temple shooting suspect and and whether he was working alone.
Chick-fil-A is not the only corporation making faith part of its messaging. CNN's Mary Snow has more.