For the first time in history a former head of state, Guatemala's Gen. Efraín Ríos Montt, is on trial for genocide in the country where the crime occurred. Two hundred thousand died over 36 years of armed conflict in the Central American nation, mostly Maya indigenous noncombatants at government hands. The unfolding judicial process has global repercussions, strengthening possibilities for prosecution of other prominent human rights cases.
Analysis: The Vatican is stuck in a time period full of court behavior and palace intrigue, trying desperately to stave off 21st-century reality.
Analysis: The insult of the investigation of American nuns, which came in the middle of Benedict's reign, appears to have backfired.
Archbishop Charles Brown, apostolic nuncio to Ireland, was chosen to restore trust in Irish leadership after decades of clerical scandals and cover-ups.
Analysis: Pope Benedict will no longer be pope starting Feb. 28, but there are a few things he can do before then to avoid becoming a lame-duck pope.
Analysis: Pope Benedict XVI announced Monday he will resign Feb. 28. But is that allowed? Has it happened before?
Analysis: Today's March for Life may feel that momentum is turning toward them, but little has changed in this bitter culture war.
Analysis: President Obama needs to find a new envoy to the Vatican, and his choice for a replacement is being watched in Rome.
Analysis: If the probe into the Australian church turns up something nasty, the church has only its leadership to blame.
Analysis: A year ago, the Catholic church began to use the missal. No one revolted, but can we call it a success?