Ok, two quick things.
First and foremost Pope Benedict XVI installed 15 new Cardinals into the Catholic Church's College of Cardinals. In his address to the new members he called them to work towards Christian unity. A difficult but very noble goal. Again, it shows that the Catholic Church is not thinking short term, but long term. Among the new Cardinals were two Americans. William J. Levada, a Californian who was previously selected by the incoming pope as head the head of the Congregation of the Doctrine of Faith (CDF), the office held by Cardinal Ratzinger before he was called to be the Bishop of Rome. Also granted the red hat was Sean O'Malley, aka. the Casual Cardinal (seriously do an image search for him..you'll see what I mean), a white-bearded Franciscan who as Archbishop of Boston has had the job of repairing damage in sex-abuse scandals that forced the resignation of his predecessor, Cardinal Bernard Law.
Also, Andy over at All Too Common gets a "birretta" tip for this nice post, click here to see it.