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The Roman Catholic Church is an ancient institution in a fast-moving world. After the sex-scandal, what's next in America and Europe?  Is the future in Africa, Asia and Latin America? Also, President Obama's nuclear summit, and 96 of Poland's top leaders have died in a plane crash.  Can a young democracy survive?

Banner image: Cardinal Roger Mahony (L) talks with his successor, San Antonio, Texas Archbishop Jose Gomez during a news conference at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels on April 6, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. Photo: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Making News Obama's Nuclear Summit Aims to Contain 21st Century Threats 7 MIN, 45 SEC

tp100412nuclear_summit-lawrence_jacksonWH.jpgForty-seven world leaders are gathered in Washington for the biggest summit hosted by an American leader since the UN was founded in San Francisco in 1945. President Obama says he wants specific rules to halt the spread of nuclear materials, not what he called, "just some vague, gauzy statement.” Daniel Stone is senior reporter on national politics for Newsweek magazine.


Segment image: President Barack Obama meets with King Abdullah II of Jordan at the Nuclear Security Summit. Official White House Photo: Lawrence Jackson

Daniel Stone, Newsweek (@danstone1)

Main Topic The Roman Catholic Future, in the US and Around the World 36 MIN, 8 SEC

Pedophilia by priests is not the only recent development for an ancient institution trying to cope with fast-moving contemporary realities. America's largest Catholic archdiocese, Los Angeles, is now 70% Latino. It soon will be led -- for the first time -- by a bishop born in Mexico. Pope Benedict XVI has named Jose Gomez, an immigrant from Mexico, who's also associated with the conservative group Opus Dei, to replace outgoing Archbishop, Cardinal Roger Mahony, a relatively liberal leader of Irish-American stock. In Europe, there's talk of a "post-Christian era,” and two-thirds of the world's one billion Roman Catholics live in Asia, Africa and Latin America. We look at the conflict between tradition and change.

John Allen, Boston Globe (@JohnLAllenJr)
Richard McBrien, Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame
Andrew Small, Director, US Conference of Catholic Bishops' Office for the Church in Latin America
Patrick Ryan, Professor of Religion and Society, Fordham University

The Future Church

John Allen

Reporter's Notebook Tragic Plane Crash Kills Polish President and Other Top Leaders 7 MIN, 4 SEC

tp100412polish_prez-first_lady.jpgPoles poured into the streets for a second day of mourning today as the casket of President Lech Kaczynski passed by. The president, army chief of staff, security chief, national bank president, and members of parliament were among the 96 people killed in a plane crash on Saturday. Kaczynski's replacement and others are taking office as provided for in the constitution, and elections have been moved from October until June. Can Poland's young democracy continue to function? Piotr Kaczynski is a research fellow at the Center for European Policy Studies in Brussels.


Segment image: The late President Lech Kaczynski and First Lady Mrs Maria Kaczynska

Piotr Kaczynski, Research Fellow, Center for European Policy Studies

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