The Daily Beast: Habemus Vacancy, 12 February 2013
The Vatican knows how to stage a conclave—that secretive selection process for the next pope—if the pontiff dies. But with a retirement, the rules aren't so clear.
The Daily Beast: The Bureaucrat and the Saint, 11 February 2013
Every pope mixes the roles of CEO and Vicar of Christ, but a comparison of Benedict XVI and his predecessor, John Paul II, suggests just how different those roles really are.
Newsweek: Around the World in Six Ideas: No Nukes are Good Nukes, Cyberspace Superstorms, and More, 8 and 11 February 2013
France24 Video: The World This Week, 8 February 2013
A monstrous case of child abuse in Saudi Arabia shakes the kingdom and strengthens the cause of Saudi women activists.
(Warning, this is a very painful story to read. But it concludes on a note of hope.)
Note: "Six Ideas" is a new weekly feature I'm producing for Newsweek. It appears in the digital magazine on Fridays, and is posted on the Web on Tuesdays.