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WNYC News

Mass for New Pope at St. Patrick's

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Pope Benedict the XVI marked his final day as leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics today. Meanwhile, St. Patrick's Cathedral in Manhattan is preparing to hosted a special mass to commemorate the election of a new pope.

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The Takeaway

The Secret Process of Picking a Pope

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Pope Benedict the sixteenth gives up the papacy today, leaving the world's 1.1 billion Catholics without a religious leader. How will the next one be chosen?

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WNYC News

A Bishop And A Rabbi Walk Into a Boardroom...

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Soon a new Pope will become spiritual leader to the world's Catholics. He'll also become administrator of a vast bureaucracy with hundreds of thousands of employees and vast real estate holdings. WNYC asked two NY religious leaders to reflect on the management challenges of leading a faith organization.

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Gabfest Radio

Gabfest Radio: Who’s Afraid of the Gabfest Edition

Saturday, February 16, 2013

On this week’s episode of Gabfest Radio, Political Gabfest panelists discuss President Obama's State of the Union address, and the lessons aging politicians might learn from Pope Benedict’s surprise decision to retire from his lifetime appointment. Then on the Culture Gabfest, panelists talk about the current Broadway production of "Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"

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WNYC News

Cardinal Dolan Talks Pope, Mortality on Ash Wednesday

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Hundreds of Catholics packed the pews of Saint Patrick's Cathedral in midtown Manhattan for noon mass today on this Ash Wednesday, which is the first day of Lent.

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The Takeaway

Most New Catholics Come from Beyond Europe — Why Not the Pope?

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Thanks to demographic trends, European Catholics are far outnumbered by their Latin American and African counterparts. Is this likely to influence the selection of the next pope?

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The Takeaway

Pope Benedict XVI to Resign This Month

Monday, February 11, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI will resign at the end of the month. He's the first pope to do so since Gregory the XII in 1415. Elected in 2005, Pope Benedict followed in the footsteps of his mentor, John Paul II, and he inherited a church marred by scandal.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Pope Benedict Resigns: Now What?

Monday, February 11, 2013

Andrew Davis, Rome Bureau Chief for Bloomberg, joins to discuss the announcement that Pope Benedict XVI will voluntarily step down at the end of the month.

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WNYC News

Stunned by Pope's Decision, Many Embrace the Change

Monday, February 11, 2013

New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan says he was as startled as the rest of the world about Pope Benedict XVI's announcement that he will resign later this month due to failing health.

Share: What characteristics would you look for in a new Pope? Tweet @WNYC or let us know in the comments

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The Takeaway

What does the Pope's Visit to Cuba Mean for the Country's Future?

Thursday, March 29, 2012

During his trip to Cuba, Pope Benedict the 16th led mass and met with Raul and Fidel Castro. He urged the leaders to open up Cuba to change and called for an end to the U.S. trade embargo. What, if anything, will the Papal visit to Cuba mean for the country’s future? Carlos Eires is the Riggs Professor of History and Religious Studies at Yale University and the author of the National Book Award winner "Waiting for Snow in Havana."

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The Takeaway

Abuse Victims Accuse Pope of Crimes Against Humanity

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Two American advocacy groups representing victims of sexual abuse by Catholic priests have filed a complaint with the International Criminal Court, asking it to investigate Pope Benedict and three other top Vatican officials for covering up the rape and sexual assault of children by priests. It is unclear whether the ICC has jurisdiction over this case. The ICC investigates war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide committed after July 1, 2002, when it was established. The Vatican, like the United States, have not ratified the Rome Statute that created the court, meaning the ICC has no jurisdiction there.

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The Takeaway

Pope Exonerates Jews for Death of Christ

Thursday, March 03, 2011

In a new book, "Jesus of Nazareth: Part II," Pope Benedict exonerates the Jewish people for the death of Jesus Christ. But why has it taken thousands of years to absolve the Jewish community of this crime? And does this say something about the evolving relationship between Jews and Catholics? We talk with Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, president of Clal, The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership. He is also the author of "You Don't Have to be Wrong for Me to be Right."

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