The Vatican is dense with art and history — every arch, piece of art and ceiling has a story to tell. But so do the floors, which are easy to miss. Whether paved with marble from the Coliseum or sporting mosaics from ancient villas, the floors of the Vatican have much to tell.
Pope John Paul II was officially declared a a saint just over a week ago. He canonized more saints than any previous pope. Reporter Angelica Marin, who has a saint in her family, makes clear just what it takes to become a saint.
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.
Pope Benedict XVI is in the midst of an historic trip to Latin America. After a three-day visit to Mexico, he moved to Cuba, where the Catholic Church has been vocal in pushing the island nation to move toward greater freedom.