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How To Pick A Pope (With Latin Subtitles)

Cardinals, conclaves, ballots and smoke. Understanding what comes next when the Vatican needs to name a new pope to lead the Catholic Church.
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After Pope's Surprise Resignation, A Flood Of Speculation

Pope Benedict XVI, the former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, unexpectedly announced Monday that he will resign at the end of the month. With his resignation comes speculation about his tenure, potential successors and the future of the Catholic Church. Rocco Palmo, who runs the blog Whispers in the Loggia, explores the pope's legacy and what's ahead for the Catholic Church.
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Young, Religious D.C. Area Residents Cross Faith Lines For Service

Young faith leaders from about a dozen different religious communities gathered this weekend to discuss how they can work together to serve the community. 

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Pope Benedict XVI: A Champion Of Catholic Tradition

Pope Benedict XVI, who announced his resignation Monday at age 85, was a deeply conservative pontiff who sought to strengthen the church's core beliefs. But he also faced a number of difficult issues in a rapidly changing world.
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D.C. Area Catholics React To News Of Pope's Resignation

Local Catholics reacted to the news of Pope Benedict XVI's resignation today with heavy hearts and admiration for the church's leader. 

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Benedict XVI, Vatican's Traditionalist Enforcer, Steps Down

The first German pope in a thousand years is a cold, distant intellectual who never served as a parish priest. Cardinal Ratzinger, the Vatican Enforcer, became Pope Benedict XVI. As successor to John Paul II, Benedict was never as beloved by the faithful but still attracted crowds matching those of his media-savvy predecessor.

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