Recent events in Egypt are by no means unique. In fact, they fit rather perfectly into the tradition of civil society coups, which are common in new democracies. Unfortunately for Egypt, such coups seldom, if ever, end well.
The Vatican is banking on Pope Francis to revive the Catholic Church in Latin America or, at the very least, help slow its decline. But those hopes are unfounded. Catholics in Latin America are leaving the church in record numbers because they find other religions more self-empowering, more modern, and less hierarchical. The fact of a Latin American pope won't change all that.