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A Rough Guide To The Papal Conclave

On Tuesday, 115 "cardinal electors" will be locked inside the Vatican to begin the secretive process of selecting the new leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics. It's one of the more spectacular and intriguing theatrical dramas on the planet.

Cardinals Prepare For Conclave To Select New Pope

Cardinals in Rome have been meeting for the past week, discussing the future of the Catholic Church. That culminates with Tuesday's conclave, when the cardinals will meet in secret to choose the successor to Pope Benedict XVI. Renee Montagne speaks with Morning Edition regular contributor Cokie Roberts, who is in Rome covering the selection of the new pope.

At The Vatican, A Social Media Blackout Keeps Cardinals Pure

Preparations at the site of Tuesday's papal conclave include a high-tech scrubbing of the chapel for bugs and electronic monitoring equipment. Wi-Fi will be blocked throughout Vatican City, and cardinals with Twitter and Facebook accounts have been warned.

Pope News Leaks From Factious Conclave

Host Scott Simon talks with reporter and author John Thavis about the divisions among cardinals voting at the conclave to select a new pope for the Catholic Church. Thavis is the author of The Vatican Diaries.

With Conclave Set, Catholic Church Moves One Step Closer To A New Pope

Catholic cardinals announced they will begin their conclave to select the next pope on Tuesday. Audie Cornish talks to Sylvia Poggioli.
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Jeff Chu: "Does Jesus Really Love Me? A Gay Christian's Pilgrimage in Search of God in America"

A journalist’s yearlong pilgrimage across the country to explore what it means to be gay and Christian in America.