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Leading Catholics and non-Catholics debate the church's future.

Paul Wilkes
Dispatches from Rome
Charlotte Hays
Weighing the Contenders


Complete coverage of the life and death of Pope John Paull II.






THE CONCLAVE



THE PAPABILE CARDINALS
VIEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

While some Jewish leaders want the next pope to pity the Jews, what we need is a partner against secularism. By David Klinghoffer

WEIGHING SUCCESSORS


As the world mourns Pope John Paul II and watches the selection of the next pope, Beliefnet's correspondent
Paul Wilkes reports on the momentous events in Rome.

The New Pope's First Crisis
The priest shortage and its surprisingly simple solution: allow marriage as an option for priests.
By Deborah Caldwell

Choosing a Pope for a Global Church
The next pope will face massive challenges, from relating to other faiths to third-world poverty to women's roles--a tall order.
By Deborah Caldwell

The Pros and Cons of Married Priests
In Beliefnet's 'Virtual Conclave,' religion experts, including a Guatemalan priest, debate the possibility of married 'fathers.'

Beliefnet Reader Survey Results


VIRTUAL CONCLAVE: OUR "CARDINALS" WEIGH IN ON:


WHERE ARE THE WORLD'S CATHOLICS?
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