In this Thursday, Feb. 28 2012, 2013, Seour Elizabeth plays with a Palestinian orphan child at La Creche in the West Bank town of Bethlehem. In the cradle of Christianity, the Roman Catholic Church is facing a crisis as an aging population of nuns and monks dwindles away. Unable to replace them, the church has been forced to close certain institutions, hire professional staffs to run others or simply turn over coveted biblical properties to newer Christian groups. Preserving the Catholic presence in the Holy Land will be a major challenge for the next pope. (AP Photo)

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In this Thursday, Feb. 28 2012, 2013, Seour Elizabeth plays with a Palestinian orphan child at La Creche in the West Bank town of Bethlehem. In the cradle of Christianity, the Roman Catholic Church is facing a crisis as an aging population of nuns and monks dwindles away. Unable to replace them, the church has been forced to close certain institutions, hire professional staffs to run others or simply turn over coveted biblical properties to newer Christian groups. Preserving the Catholic presence in the Holy Land will be a major challenge for the next pope. (AP Photo)
In this Thursday, Feb. 28 2012, 2013, Seour Elizabeth plays with a Palestinian orphan child at La Creche in the West Bank town of Bethlehem. In the cradle of Christianity, the Roman Catholic Church is facing a crisis as an aging population of nuns and monks dwindles away. Unable to replace them, the church has been forced to close certain institutions, hire professional staffs to run others or simply turn over coveted biblical properties to newer Christian groups. Preserving the Catholic presence in the Holy Land will be a major challenge for the next pope. (AP Photo)
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