As the cardinals gather for the start of the conclave to select the next Pope, take a look inside the virtual Sistine Chapel with CNNs Tom Foreman.
Chris Cuomo and Anderson Cooper lead CNNs coverage of the Papal Conclave live from Rome. Visit http://wp.me/p1faJE-713 for more information about CNNs coverage.
CNN's Sao Paulo-based correspondent Shasta Darlington (@ShastaCNN) profiles two cardinals from the world's largest Catholic country, Brazil: Odilo Pedro Scherer, who is the leader of the largest diocese in Brazil and one of the only cardinals with a Twitter account (@DomOdiloScherer), and Joao Braz de Aviz, who bears the scars of getting shot during an armored car robbery many years ago.
**Exclusive survey by CNN and mobile phone crowd-sourcing company Jana reveals more than 80% of Africans believe their continent is ready for an African pope**
More than 80 percent of Africans believe the continent is ready for an African pope, but only 61% think the world is ready, according to an exclusive survey of 20,000 people in 11 countries carried out by CNN and mobile phone crowd-sourcing company, Jana. (www.jana.com)
The survey also found that 86% thought an African pope would increase support for Catholicism in Africa.
Almost two-thirds of those surveyed thought that the Vatican was ready for an African pontiff, while more than 50% believed the church would become more conservative under an African pope.
Furthermore, respondents aged between 13 and 19 were slightly less likely to feel that their continent was ready for an African head of the church, with 22% saying it was not ready, while only 14.6% of those polled over 40 felt the same way. FULL POST
CNN's Chris Cuomo chats with two New Yorkers about why they want to become priests, the sacrifice of celibacy and the sex abuse scandals.