President Barack Obama called himself a "great admirer" of Pope Francis as he sat down at the Vatican Thursday.
CLEVELAND - Pope Benedict the XVI's resignation takes effect on Feb. 28, and there is increasing speculation on who may become the next pope, including an American cardinal who was born in Lakewood.
While its been long thought that it's unlikely an American would ever be chosen to lead the Roman Catholic church, there is growing buzz about Boston's Cardinal Sean Patrick O'Malley. Cardinal O'Malley was born in Lakewood, but grew up in Western Pennsylvania.
The 68-year old has been archbishop of the Boston Diocese since 2003. He was appointed archbishop of Boston after Cardinal Bernard Law was forced to step down over the child sex abuse coverup. He also served as Bishop for the diocese of St .Thomas in the Virgin Islands and as Bishop in Fall River, Massachusetts and Palm Beach, Florida.
Cardinal O'Malley has been very vocal in apologizing for the sex abuse crisis in the church.
According to the Boston Globe newspaper website, boston.com, when asked at a news conference last week about whether he would be interested in the job, O'Malley said with a laugh, "I haven't lost any sleep about it, and I have bought a round-trip ticket, so I'm counting on coming home."
We are also learning more about the pope's retirement that takes place on Feb. 28. The pope's papal pension kicks in that day. It's believed the pope will receive about $3,500 a month. That's what the Catholic Church typically offers retired bishops.
The Vatican has not disclosed any other financial arrangements that may have been made for Benedict's retirement. But we do know he will resume use of his given name, Joseph Ratzinger, that's according to Vatican officials.
The London Telegraph also reports the retired Pope will hold the title Bishop Emeritus of Rome.
Pope Francis' pared down papal wardrobe of sensible black shoes and a white cassock so thin you can see his black trousers.
New surveys commissioned by the Vatican show that the vast majority of Catholics in Germany and Switzerland reject church teaching on contraception, sexual morality, gay unions and divorce, findings remarkable both in their similarity and in the fact that they were even publicized.
Two white doves that were released by children standing alongside Pope Francis as a peace gesture have been attacked by other birds.
A document obtained by The Associated Press on Friday shows Pope Benedict XVI defrocked nearly 400 priests over just two years for molesting children.
Benedict XVI has returned to the Vatican for the first time since he resigned Feb. 28 and met with successor Pope Francis.
Pope Francis put his humility on display during his first day as pontiff Thursday, stopping by his hotel to pick up his luggage and pay the bill himself.
Cleveland Bishop Richard Lennon and other area leaders react to the election of Pope Francis I.
Latin Americans are reacting with joy to news of the first pope from the hemisphere, bursting into tears and cheers.
Pope Francis is the first ever from the Americas, an austere Jesuit intellectual who modernized Argentina's conservative Catholic church.