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The Next Pope: Part One
Aired 8/5/2004

Pope John Paul II has presided over the Roman Catholic Church for 25 years. The next pope will be the 265th successor to St. Peter. He will face a church that is described as split between the politically powerful and more liberal clergy in Europe and the more traditional Catholics leading a rapidly expanding Church in the Third World. It is said that factions within the Church are already jockeying for position. Will the next Pope hold to the current line? Or institute major changes? Should he? Will we see another Italian at the head of the Catholic Church? Or is it time for a Pope from the poor nations?
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  Michael Novak
    The George Frederick Jewett Scholar in Religion, Philosophy, and Public Policy at the American Enterprise Institute and the author of "On Two Wings: Humble Faith and Common Sense at the American Founding"
  Chester Gillis
    Chairman of the Department of Theology at Georgetown University and author of "Roman Catholicism in America"

Originally Aired: 4/8/2004

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