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U.S. Catholics Divided On Church's Direction Under New Pope

By: for Pew Forum on Feb. 22, 2013
World News
Who is going to be the next Pope?
As the pontificate of Benedict XVI winds down, a new report by the Pew Research Center finds that American Catholics are split in their hopes for the next pope.

Almost half (46%) say the next pope should move the church in new directions, while the other half (51%) say the new pope should maintain the traditional positions of the church. Most U.S. Catholics (58%) say it would be good if the next pope allows priests to marry, and fully six-in-ten say it would be good if the next pope hails from a developing region like South America, Asia or Africa.

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