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Roman Catholics Choose A New Pope

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.

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