Pope Francis' First Day on the Job
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The Church of Rome looked to the New World to find Pope Francis, former Archbishop of Buenos Aires. We hear about his past life in Argentina, his theological leanings and the challenges he faces in Rome. Also, troops are on security alert after Afghan President Karzai's anti-US statements, and NASA is turning Los Angeles into a giant laboratory — for measuring climate change, just the way forecasters measure the weather.
Banner image: Newly elected Pope Francis, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina waves from the steps of the Santa Maria Maggiore Basilica in Rome, March 14, 2013. At left is Cardinal Santos Abril of Spain and Cardinal Agostino Vallini, Vicar General of Rome at right. Photo by Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters
Troops on Security Alert after Karzai's Anti-US Statements ()
The US and Afghanistan "are at a tough point in the relationship," according to US Commanding General Joseph Dunford. He's issued a strong warning of potential trouble in aftermath of anti-American statements by President Hamid Karzai. Alissa Rubin is Kabul Bureau Chief for the New York Times.
Pope Francis and the Church of Rome ()
Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina is now the 266th leader of the Church of Rome. He is known for simple living and care for the poor. The first Jesuit pope and the first born outside of Europe in more than a thousand years, on this first day, Pope Francis celebrated Mass with the cardinals who elected him in the Vatican's Sistine Chapel. A doctrinaire conservative -- no fan of women's empowerment -- from an increasingly secular country, he's apologized for failing to better protect the faithful when Argentina's military dictatorship abused and killed many thousands of people. His challenges include priestly sex-abuse, Vatican corruption and declining membership. Will he be the breath of fresh air some Catholics say they've been waiting for, or another apostle of the status quo?
- Rachel Donadio: New York Times, @racheldonadio
- Carolina Barros: Buenos Aires Herald
- Thomas Rausch: Loyola Marymount University
- Erin Saiz Hanna: Women's Ordination Conference, @erinsaizhanna
Scientists Set Out to Map Climate Change like Weather ()
The word "smog" was invented in California, so it seems appropriate that Los Angeles is now becoming one massive laboratory for studying carbon emissions. At an elevation of almost 6000 feet, Mount Wilson looms over the LA basin, a perfect vantage point for a new emissions monitoring station. Riley Duren, chief systems engineer at the NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and manager of its Megacities Carbon Project, has more on plans to create a network of megacities to measure the dynamics of climate change.
- Riley Duren: NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory
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