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U.S. Catholics Gather For Sunday Service With Pope In Mind

Catholics around the country head to mass Sunday, the first Sunday since the elevation of Argentine Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, now known as Pope Francis. We hear from parishioners in Nashville, Tenn., and Phoenix, Ariz.
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Erin Go Bragh, Shalom: St. Patrick's Day The Jewish Way

In the 1960s, Irish-born Jews living in New York started the Loyal League of Yiddish Sons of Erin. The fraternal organization's biggest event was the annual St. Patrick's Day banquet, complete with green matzo balls.
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Nun 'Inspired' By Pope Francis' Work For Poor

Sister Pat Farrell is the former president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. She speaks with host Rachel Martin about what the selection of Pope Francis says about the Catholic Church's future vision for social justice and charity.
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American Church Connected To Pope Through Prayer

Host Rachel Martin talks with Father Mike McGovern of the Church of Saint Mary in Lake Forest, Ill., about what the new pope means to his congregation, starting with the homily at Sunday's Mass.
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Why 'Francis'? The New Pope Explains

Pope Francis held a press conference Saturday, addressing the thousands of journalists who have been at the Vatican to cover his election. Host Scott Simon talks with NPR's Sylvia Poggioli in Rome.
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In St. Peter's Square, History Unraveled Slowly

The eyes of the world were fixed on St. Peter's Square this week as Roman Catholic cardinals elected a new pope. Host Scott Simon reflects on the rituals and the silence that followed Pope Francis's call for prayers.
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Far Before Pope Francis, Jesuits Were Repressed By Some Roman Catholic Leaders

Pope Francis' status as the first Jesuit marks a momentous milestone in history. Relations between Jesuits and the Vatican have seen deep crises in the 479 years since the order was founded as humble missionaries. Their growing power and monopoly over education generated suspicion and hostility around Europe. In the 18th century, Jesuits were repressed by some of Europe's Catholic super-powers — Portugal, Spain, France. Emaciated, ragged Jesuit priests began roaming Europe, looking for refuge. Pressured by temporal powers, Pope Clement 14th jailed the Jesuits' leader, banned the order, closed their premises, and shared out their wine collection among his cardinals. There were further tensions in the 20th century in Latin America, between the Polish anti-Soviet Pope John II and Jesuits in Latin America, who were seen as too doctrinally close to Marxists opposing military dictatorships there.

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