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Catholics ponder future with new pope

A man prays during a Sunday mass at the Mother of God sanctuary in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday March 3, 2013.  Catholics around the world attended the first Sunday masses since Benedict XVI stepped down as pope. Many prayed for a energetic, new leader to reinvigorate what many said was an ailing institution. AP/Andre Penner

Faithful attending Sunday Mass on five continents for the first time since Pope Benedict XVI’s retirement had different ideas about who should next lead the Roman Catholic Church, with people suggesting everything from a Latin American pope to one more like the conservative, Polish-born John Paul II. What most agreed on, however, was the church is in dire need of a comeback.

Posted: March 4th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Brazil papal contender: Place of birth irrelevant

Cardinal Odilo Pedro Scherer, Sao Paulo's archbishop, speaks as he gives a Mass at the Cathedral in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013. Latin America is home to the world's largest Roman Catholic population, but hopes that the next pope will come from the region appear faint, experts said Monday. Brazilian Cardinals Joao Braz de Aviz, a 65-year-old who has earned praise as head of the Vatican's office for religious congregations, and Odilo Pedro Scherer, the 63-year-old archbishop of Sao Paulo, have been mentioned as possibilities. AP/Andre Penner

The archbishop of one of the world’s largest Roman Catholic archdiocese and a man thought to be a leading Latin American contender to succeed Pope Benedict XVI said Wednesday that neither geographic origin nor age should matter much in determining the next pontiff.

Posted: February 14th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

33 dead in truck-bus crash in Brazil

Workers check the rubble of a bus after an accident in Milagres, Brazil's Bahia state, Saturday (December 3, 2011). Brazilian authorities said a tractor-trailer slammed into the bus carrying sugarcane cutters, killing at least 33 people and injuring 13 after the truck driver lost control as he was rounding a corner and heading down a hill early Saturday. AP PHOTO

At least 33 people were killed and 13 others were injured when a tractor-trailor slammed into a bus carrying sugarcane cutters, Brazilian authorities said.

Posted: December 4th, 2011 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »