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Arrivederci, Roma: Picking a New Pope


Tomorrow Pope Benedict XVI will be the first pontiff in almost 600 years to retire from the position. So what happens now? The current pool of 121 electable cardinals hail from six continents, increasing the chances of an African or Asian pope for the first time ever.  In this hour, we'll discuss how the pope is chosen, and what challenges the successor will face.


  • Leo Madden, Associate Professor of Theology & Head of the Dept of Theology, Ohio Dominican University
  • Michael Sean Winters, blogger/columnist, National Catholic Reporter