Many Germans hoped a German pope would bring an end to the schism between catholics and protestants that began here, centuries ago. But those hopes were dashed.
The Catholic Church in Burundi has criticized upcoming elections, while the European Union's election observers are downing tools until the situation improves. Fair elections are "impossible," the opposition claims.
Francis says he could leave his job as pope after about three more years. The bombshell came in an interview with Mexico's Televisa broadcast Friday, the second anniversary of his election as pope.
First Minister Peter Robinson, the Protestant head of Northern Ireland's power-sharing government, is in hospital after a suspected heart attack, his party has announced.
Hundreds of people have protested against the ordination of a Catholic bishop in the Chilean city of Osorno. They've accused him of covering up a priest's sexual abuse of children.