When Pope Benedict XVI said he was stepping down, he broke a tradition that had been in place since 1415. The pope, who gave his final blessing Sunday, leaves the Catholic Church in the midst of changing social views and demographic shifts among its followers.
Catholics' social views tend to diverge from the Vatican's, and the
once-Europe-focused church now has its largest support in Latin America.
Sub-Saharan Africa is experiencing rapid growth in its Catholic
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