The new Pope, formerly Jorge Mario Bergoglio, was head of the Jesuit Order in Argentina during much of that nation's darkest episode, the so-called Dirty War in the 1970s and early '80s. That has led to some uncomfortable questions there about his role.
Fans of the San Lorenzo professional soccer team in Buenos Aires are ecstatic about the new pope. The former Cardinal Bergoglio is a longtime fan of San Lorenzo. Anchor Marco Werman gets the details from The World's William Troop.
Venezuela's interim President Nicholas Maduro suggested that the late president Hugo Chavez might have "influenced" the selection of a Latin American pope from "his perch in heaven." But during his lifetime, Chavez ridiculed Catholic leaders in Venezuela.
As word spread about the new Pope, many Latino Catholics in the US celebrated the historic choice of a pontiff from Argentina. But it is also clear that, just like in Latin America, the Catholic monopoly over Latin America immigrants is also shrinking.
Brazil is the largest Catholic country in the world, yet it has seen many changes in how believers practice their faith. A charismatic form of Catholic renewal in Brazil, "pentecostalized" is growing fast.
Catholics in China are following the Vatican conclave as closely as their brethren elsewhere. But being Catholic in China has its own unique challenges. There, loyalty to the Pope can land you in jail.
Many of Europe's churches are struggling to stay open. A new movement called "extended use" is trying to save the old buildings. The plan includes using some church buildings for circus schools and Starbucks shops.
Miguel Castillo left Chile when Augusto Pinochet seized power in Chile. Castillo lived in exile for 13 years. Now back in Santiago, he dedicates himself to music, and to a remarkable collection of arcane keyboard instruments.
Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre is said to be where Jesus was crucified and rose from the dead. This holy site is now being fought over by a half dozen Christian denominations. Irris Makler reports.
The World's Jane Little reports that British scientists and theologians are calling for a Darwin Ceasefire, a truce in the battle between Darwin's evolution theories and religion. Today marks the 200th anniversary of Darwin's birth.
Anchor Lisa Mullins speaks with the Rev. Franklin Graham, son of the evangelical Christian leader Billy Graham. Franklin Graham says Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir shouldn't be removed from power. Graham spoke with Bashir earlier today.
Anchor Marco Werman speaks with Richard Owen, correspondent for the Times of London, about reports that the Vatican has rejected at least three of Barack Obama's picks for U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican. One of those on the list was reportedly Caroline Kennedy. The Vatican denies the reports.