Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, a respected theologian and one of John Paul II's most trusted advisors, was appointed the Catholic Church's 265th pope. Benedict XVI, as he is now called, represents for many in the Church an attempt to restore conservative values and traditions. For others, especially those critical of the Church's standing on issues such as AIDS, women and gay marriage, the new pope reflects a turning-away from the needs and interests of a modern society.
DW-WORLD takes a look at the new pope's background, the first to come from Germany in 500 years, his rise through the Catholic Church, the issues he stands for and the criticism surrounding him.
In Germany, a national prevention strategy is supposed to help keep young people from joining terror groups. The criminologist Wiebke Steffen talks about the opportunities and obstacles with regard to a prevention plan.
Germany's Left party reacted with skepticism over the government boosting military action in Syria. Counterproductive, historically ignorant, and mistaken were just some of the ways lawmakers chacterized the new plan.
Television reporter Britta Hilpert was astonished to be jostled and surrounded as she tried to report on a demo in Germany. Figures show reporters increasingly being prevented from doing their job, sometimes violently.
Sarah is in Vienna to discover the secrets of the Viennese Waltz. Expert dance instructor Thomas Schäfer-Elmayer sweeps her off her feet and live waltzes are provided by the wonderful ensemble The Philharmonics.