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Even before they start selecting the next Pope, the College of Cardinals has plenty to talk about with sex abuse, financial scandal and the role of women creating demands for institutional reforms. We look at the process of making history for one of the world's oldest religious institutions. Also, Kenya's presidential election, and an upcoming battle on climate change.

Banner image: Pope Benedict XVI leaves as he appears for the last time at the balcony of his summer residence in Castelgandolfo, south of Rome, February 28, 2013. Photo by Max Rossi/Reuters

Producers:
Anna Scott
Kerry Cavanaugh
Evan George

Making News Will Kenyans Have a Peaceful Presidential Election? 7 MIN, 45 SEC

After Kenya's last presidential election in 2007, evidence of vote-rigging produced ethnic clashes that killed more than 1000 people. Today, millions poured out to cast their votes, some waiting in lines a mile long. Jeffrey Gettleman is in Kenya for the New York Times.

Guests:
Jeffrey Gettleman, New York Times (@gettleman)

Main Topic What Are the Prospects for a 'Vatican Spring?' 35 MIN, 55 SEC

Three days after Benedict XVI made himself Pope Emeritus by resignation, the College of Cardinals gathered today at the Vatican. They came by car, bus and taxi and told reporters they have a lot to talk about before going to the Sistine Chapel to vote on Benedict's replacement. The Pope Emeritus has left the Church of Rome coping with sex abuse, financial corruption, and the role of women. The Vatican has confirmed wiretaps on its own officials, and the Pope Emeritus is being publicly criticized -- unthinkable during his years of infallibility. Will the next Pope be vulnerable to pressure to step down?  We hear demands for reform from American nuns and sex-abuse victims and update today's developments in Rome.

Guests:
Jason Berry, Global Post
Michael Barber, John Paul the Great Catholic University (@MichaelPBarber)
Peter Isley, Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (@SNAPNetwork)
Christine Schenk, FutureChurch (@ChristineSchenk)

Render Unto Rome

Jason Berry

Reporter's Notebook Can the New Environmental Regulators Do More with Less? 7 MIN, 25 SEC

President Obama wants to curb carbon emissions at the same time he's pushing for "energy independence." Today, he announced cabinet nominations that could lead to a major confrontation over coal plants and climate change. The President's choice to head the Environmental Protection Agency is EPA veteran Gina McCarthy. His pick for the Energy Department is a physicist from MIT, Ernest Moniz. Coral Davenport covers the environment for the National Journal.

Guests:
Coral Davenport, New York Times (@CoralMDavenport)

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