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Pope Francis. Photo: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images

Pope Francis’ once-soaring popularity among Americans and American Catholics has sunk in the wake of child sex abuse reports within the Catholic Church that are crippling one of the world’s most powerful institutions, according to a new Pew Research poll.

Key findings: 31% of U.S. Catholics believe Francis is doing excellent or good, down from 45% in January and 55% in 2015. 72% view Francis favorably overall, compared to 84% in January. Among the general American public, 51% rate him favorably, a fall of 19% since January 2017.

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The Washington Post has named Associated Press executive editor Sally Buzbee as its new executive editor, effective June 1.

Why it matters: Buzbee replaces legendary editor Marty Baron, who retired at the end of February. She will be the first woman to lead the newsroom in The Post's 144-year history.

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The ransomware attack against the Colonial Pipeline — the massive East Coast gasoline artery — is a stunning real-world example of the increasing risks that the energy sector faces from a cyberattack.

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