This program is 28 minutes long
(Vatican City: Richard Engel) The pope's resignation examined; scenes shown of him addressing a gathering of cardinals; his remarks about his failing health quoted; details given about his conservatism and the Church scandals he inherited. [In St. Peter’s Square, MAN – reacts.] [NBC Vatican analyst George WEIGEL- says he is stepping off the stage when he feels he can't exercise the Office of Peter.] [Earlier, BENEDICT – apologizes to victims of sex abuse by priests.]
(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.
(Studio: Anne Thompson) The questions about what is next for the Catholic Church and speculation over a successor examined; details given about the changing makeup of the Church, which is growing in Latin America, Africa and Asia; photos of potential successors, including Cardinals Odilo Scherer, Peter Turkson and Marc Ouellet shown. [Cardinal Timothy DOLAN, WOMAN - react.] [Georgetown College Dean Chester GILLIS- says the current cardinals hold the same disposition as the pope.] [Father Robert BARRON- says we need an evangelical pope.]
(Los Angeles: Miguel Almaguer) The ongoing search for cop killer Christopher Dorner updated; scenes shown of officers deployed across southern California and the tribute for victim Monica Quan; photos shown of victims, including Riverside police officer Mike Crain, Quan and Keith Lawrence; Dorner’s taunt to Quan’s father quoted. [LAPD Chief Charlie BECK- comments on the manhunt.] [Riverside County district attorney Paul ZELLERBACH- says he’s a felon-at-large.] [Riverside police Chief Sergio DIAZ- comments on Crain.] [Crisis management expert Larry BARTON- says this is a conniving, deviant individual.]
(Scituate, Massachusetts: Ron Mott) The blizzard in the Northeast featured; scenes shown of Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick visiting Scituate, deep snow, cleanup work; power outage figures cited; details given about the order for Connecticut state employees to stay home, school closings in Boston. [Scituate resident Anthony BUCARI– reacts to having no power.] [PATRICK – praises the responders and the patience of the people.]
(Pentagon: Jim Miklaszewski) Romesha’s actions during a battle against the Taliban at Combat Outpost Keating in Afghanistan in 2009 reviewed; footage and Taliban video shown; details given about how he organized a search party for the missing despite being injured; scenes shown of the emotional medal ceremony at the White House; photos shown of the fallen soldiers. [ROMESHA – recounts what happened in Afghanistan.] [OBAMA – says this is what these soldiers did for each other in sacrifice driven by pure love.]
(St. Petersburg, Florida: Mark Potter) Window washers dressed as superheroes to cheer up sick kids at children’s hospitals featured; scenes shown from St. Petersburg, Memphis, Charlotte, Ft. Myers. [7-year-old Cayden DeGROTE- reacts.] [All Children’s Hospital childlife clinical coordinator Holly OTT- says it benefits their healing.] [High Rise Window Cleaning John POWERS – recalls a young patient’s smile.]