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L.A. Archdiocese Settles With Sex Abuse Victims For Nearly $10 Million

The Los Angeles Archdiocese has agreed to pay $10 million to settle a priest sex abuse case. The settlement is the first since documents detailing the involvement of high-ranking church officials — including Cardinal Roger Mahony — in moving and protecting abusive priests. Mahony was at the Vatican where he was one of the 115 cardinals who gathered to select the new pope.
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New Pope's Selection Of 'Francis' Name Surprises Some

Melissa Block speaks with theology professor Chad Pecknold, of the Catholic University of America, about what might make up the Catholic Church's agenda under the new pope, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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Jorge Mario Bergoglio Becomes First-Ever Jesuit Pope

At the Vatican on Wednesday it was announced that Jorge Mario Bergoglio would be the first-ever Jesuit pope. Melissa Block speaks with Father Robert Ballecer of the Jesuit Conference of the United States about the significance of the first Jesuit pope.
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Pope Francis I Was 'Runner-Up' At Previous Conclave

Audie Cornish talks to Matthew Bunson, senior correspondent of the national Catholic newspaper Our Sunday Visitor, for some more background on Pope Francis I, who was chosen Wednesday.
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Catholics Around The World React To Announcement Of New Pope

We have reaction from around the world to the selection of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, Argentina, as pope.
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New Pope Criticized For His Association With Argentina's Dirty War

Audie Cornish talks to Ian Mount, a freelance reporter in Buenos Aires, for more on Catholicism in Argentina, the home country of Pope Francis I.

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