A U.S. cardinal who is an adviser to Pope Francis is responding to concerns among some Roman Catholics that the pope hasn’t spoken out enough against abortion.
Bells rang and white smoke ascended from the Sistine Chapel Wednesday evening, signifying that a new pope was elected; the Roman Catholic Church’s church’s 266th pontiff will replace Benedict XVI.
Benedict XVI became the first pope in 600 years to resign Thursday, ending an eight-year pontificate. The last pope to resign left the church to end schism.
Promoters of a traveling exhibit of artifacts and memorabilia belonging to Pope John Paul II will reveal more details of the tour beginning next year in Lubbock.