In a move that surprised many church watchers, the spiritual leader of the more than 1 billion Catholics worldwide, Pope Benedict XVI announced on Monday that he would step down as pope on Feb. 28. A new leader is expected by the end of March.
Italian director Nanni Moretti's 'Habemus Papam' portrays a newly-elected Pope having a nervous breakdown. The World's William Troop spoke with Moretti about what 'We Have A Pope' is really about. This film is now being released in the United States.
The Pope begins his visit to Cuba on Monday. Many Cubans are ecstatic that the pontiff has chosen to honor Catholics on their island nation. Others worry that the visit overshadows continued political repression.
Pope Benedict XVi is travelling to Mexico this weekend to say mass and meet the faithful. But he's coming at a time of deep division among Mexican Catholics. Mexico City has passed liberal laws allowing for same-sex marriage and abortions — two practices banned by the Catholic Church and in much of the rest of Mexico.
A Catholic priest in Spain is trying something new to bring in parishioners. He commissioned some graffiti artists to decorate the interior of his church's dome. But it's graffiti in a Romanesque style.