How the Catholic Church Can Stay Relevant

Vatican correspondent John Thavis talks about Pope Benedict's resignation and the future of the Church.

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What should the cardinals be looking for in the next pope?

Well, I think the next pope should be an excellent communicator. That doesn't necessarily mean he has to speak eight languages, but he has to communicate his own faith and his own enthusiasm, and the sense that he and the Church are interested in the lives of people everywhere.

What do you think will surprise readers most about life inside the Vatican?

I think they're going to be most surprised at the fact that the Vatican, once you get inside their hierarchy, is not very hierarchical in the way it acts. From the outside we always expect the Vatican to function like a machine. From the inside you can see that it rarely happens that way.

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