Pope Benedict XVI Resigns: Church Growing in Third World, But European Cardinals Control Power

As Catholics across the globe begin Lent, many look toward Rome and wonder if the Vatican will break with tradition and choose the first pope from outside Europe in modern times. The Catholic laity is growing outside Europe, while shrinking in the traditional strongholds of Italy, France, Spain, Poland and Germany, homeland to the resigning pope, Benedict XVI. In fact, according to Pew, the number of European Catholics has shrunk by more than half over the past century. "The church in...Full Story
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