Roman Catholics Choose A New Pope

Roman Catholics Choose A New Pope

The newly elected Roman Catholic pope, the former Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, represents many “firsts.” He’s the first pontiff from the Americas, the first Jesuit pope, the first pontiff to choose the name Francis and the first pope in the modern era to be elected after a papal resignation. Diane and her guests discuss the challenges facing Pope Francis and the Roman Catholic Church.

The Roman Catholic Church has a new pope. Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio took the name of Francis yesterday at the Vatican as he became the first Jesuit pontiff. Dubbed a conservative with a common touch, the Argentinian is known for his outreach to his country’s poor. He’s a theological conservative who backs the Vatican’s stand on abortion, gay marriage and the ordination of women. The first Latin American pope represents a cultural bridge between two worlds -- he’s the son of Italian immigrants from the New World, an area that represents a growing segment of the world’s billion Roman Catholics. Diane and her guests discuss the challenges facing Pope Francis and the Roman Catholic Church.

Guests

Jason Horowitz

reporter for The Washington Post.

Maureen Fiedler

host of public radio's Interfaith Voices and Sister of Loretto.

James Martin

Jesuit priest, culture editor of America magazine, author of numerous books including "My Life with the Saints" and "The Jesuit Guide to (almost) Everything: A spirituality for Real Life."

Ross Douthat

op-ed columnist for The New York Times and author of "Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics."

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