German cardinal elected pope

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany, the church’s leading hard-liner, has been elected the new pope in the first conclave of the new millennium. He chose the name Pope Benedict XVI and called himself “a simple, humble worker.” Ratzinger, the first German pope since the 11th century, emerged onto the balcony of […]

World mourns pope’s death

By Liz Sly and Tom Hundley: Chicago Tribune VATICAN CITY — Pope John Paul II, the man who led the Catholic church for a generation with vision, drive and charisma, died Saturday, bringing an end to his prolonged personal suffering and to a historic era for the world. In a brief statement issued 15 minutes […]