Pope Benedict XVI Makes History by Stepping Aside
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For the first time since 1415, a Roman Catholic Pope is resigning. We hear about the reign of Benedict XVI and the prospects for his successor. Also, Al Gore's latest book is described as an "inconvenient truth for everything." We talk with him about "The Future" of the Earth and humanity.
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The Catholic Church Before and After Pope Benedict XVI ()
Pope Benedict XVI declared today, "I renounce the ministry of Bishop of Rome, Successor of Saint Peter." Speaking in Latin, the 85-year old Pope told a group of cardinals that "advanced age" will cause him to resign on the last day of this month. It's the first such action in 600 years, and the Vatican says that one billion Roman Catholics should have a new Pope before Easter. Even close aides reportedly were surprised by the end of an eight-year reign tainted by clerical sex abuse and divided between traditionalists and reformers. We hear more about the decision, the state of the church and the prospect of a new Pope from Africa or Latin America.
- Rachel Donadio: New York Times, @racheldonadio
- John Farina: George Mason University
- David Rosen: American Jewish Committee
- Nihad Awad: Council on American-Islamic Relations, @NihadAwad
- Susan Abraham: Harvard Divinity School, @HDSNews
Al Gore on 'The Future' ()
Al Gore is the former Vice President, a Nobel Prize winner, documentary producer and best-selling author. He's Chair of the Climate Reality Project. His latest book is The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change, in which he writes that the unsustainable growth of humanity is depleting the planet Earth. Coming from him, that may not be surprising. But he raises vast and provocative questions about how that has happened and what it will mean.
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