February 28th, 2013
09:37 PM ET

Pope Benedict says goodbye to Vatican: Does the future of the church depend on celibacy?

Pope Benedict XVI addressed the crowds in St. Peter's Square Thursday one last time as the leader of the Roman Catholic Church.

About 150,000 people were cheering, with signs saying thank you to the pope. The pope met with the more than 100 cardinals who will choose his successor.

One by one, each clasped his hand and kissed his ring in a sign of reverence.

'I'm just a pilgrim,' Benedict XVI says in public farewell

As the pope steps down and joins his flock as another 'pilgrim,' can the church, which counts 1.2 billion people in its membership keep growing and remain relevant?

In the United States, since 1965, the number of priests has dropped nearly 35% percent, and the number of nuns plunged 70 percent.

Is celibacy the reason?

Is celibacy hurting the Catholic church?

OutFront tonight: Father Albert Cutie left the church after his relationship with a woman became public and Mary Johnson left the sisterhood because of the celibacy vow. She's also the author of a new book called "An unquenchable thirst." And Father Edward Beck is a celibate priest and host of "The Sunday Mass."

Filed under: News • Religion
February 28th, 2013
09:11 PM ET

Arias driven to tears in murder trial

After 13 days on the stand, accused murderer Jodi Arias, lost control of her emotions after being shown a photo of her dead ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander.

The judge immediately called for a recess so Arias could compose herself. When the trial resumed prosecutors forced Arias to recount how she killed Alexander in June 2008, leaving her in tears most of the day, but did they go too far?

OutFront tonight: Criminal Defense attorney Anne Bremner and former prosecutor, and New England law professor, Wendy Murphy.

Filed under: Crime
February 28th, 2013
08:58 PM ET

Was Shane Todd Murdered? Police say suicide, family says he was killed

The mysterious hanging death of American Shane Todd in his Singapore apartment has raised questions about whether his work for a prestigious government research firm actually made him a target.

The Singapore police believe it was suicide, but his family say that doesn't add up.

CNN Miguel Marquez has the story.

Filed under: Crime • International
February 28th, 2013
08:35 PM ET

Big donors to president tapped for ambassadorships

If you are a big donor, then get ready to be awarded with one of the cushiest jobs the President of the United States can offer - a coveted ambassadorship.

CNN's Jessica Yellin reports that some of the new ambassadors the president is likely to name are high-profile donors to President Obama's election campaign. FULL POST

Filed under: Politics
February 28th, 2013
08:20 PM ET

French Fries cause chaos in South Korea, Japan

Children in Japan and South Korea spend hundreds of dollars on French Fries at McDonalds and throw parties.

Erin Burnett has the story.

Filed under: International • The Number
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