(AP) -- Faithful attending Sunday Mass on five continents for the first
time since Pope Benedict XVI's retirement had different ideas about who
should next lead the Roman Catholic Church, with people suggesting
everything from a Latin American pope to one more like the conservative,
Polish-born John Paul II. What most agreed on, however, was the church
is in dire need of a comeback.
abuse scandals and falling numbers of faithful have taken their toll on
the church, and many parishioners said the next pope should be open
about the problems rather than ignore them.