March 13th, 2010
11:41 PM ET

Is Pope Benedict's job in jeopardy?

Is Pope Benedict in danger of losing his job over the  sex abuse allegations against the Catholic church that are sweeping through Europe right now?

Last week brought two revelations about papal ties to the scandal in Germany - one professional, one familial. In recent weeks, roughly 170 Germans have  come forward to report sexual abuse by Catholic priests.

On Friday, the Catholic archdiocese of Munich said it had permitted a priest suspected of molesting a child to continue pastoring in the late 1970s and early 1980s, when Benedict - then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger - was archbishop there. The archdiocese said Ratzinger was unaware of the transfer at the time.


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Filed under: Leaders

March 13th, 2010
10:27 AM ET

Dalai Lama on luxury, joy and stem-cell research

The Dalai Lama recently met with President Obama at the White House despite strong objections from Chinese government officials.

CNN caught up with the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader in Plantation, Florida, and asked him about a variety of subjects, including stem-cell research, how to find inner peace in an ailing economy, and whether he might be the last Dalai Lama.

Watch the interview, and read an edited transcript below.

CNN: There are millions all over the world who admire you. They adhere to your teachings. Who do you look up to? Where do you get your inspiration?

Dalai Lama: Perhaps, firstly, my mother. When I was very young, my mother provided maximum affection. Then, of course, I think, generally, the Tibetan community. Like any other major religion, Buddhism, also, there's very much emphasis on compassion and forgiveness. Then, of course, when I met these people - these are people who are smiling. So, that also that's part of inspiration.


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Filed under: Culture & Science • Leaders • Politics

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