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Transition at the Vatican

Pope Benedict XVI has announced he is resigning, an unprecedented act in modern times. The selection process to decide who will lead the Roman Catholic Church now begins.

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Pastor Dave Tristani joins Carol to discuss Pope Francis and what the election means for the Catholic Church.

Who is Pope Francis?  A look at the person behind the title

Who is Pope Francis? A look at the person behind the title

New Pope Francis from Argentina speaks for the first time, prays, and aks for blessings from the large crowd of onlookers in St. Peter’s Square on Wednesday.


Pope Francis

Associate Administrator of Catholic Charities, Father Wayne Watts, joins Mike to discuss Pope Francis.

RAW: New Pope Francis emerges from red curtains

New Pope Francis emerges from red curtains, looks out at the crowd in St. Peter’s Square and prepares to say his first words. (CNN)

Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio from Argentina is announced as the new pope. (CNN)

Professor of Catholic Studies at DePaul University Alexander Stummvoll joins Mike to discuss the details of electing a new pope.

RAW: White smoke billows from Sistine Chapel

Raw footage: White smoke began to billow from the Sistine Chapel at 1:06 p.m. (CST), indicating a new pope has been chosen.

This bird apparently wants to be the first to know when the new pope is elected.

Black smoke billowed from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican on Wednesday morning, indicating that the 115 Cardinals inside have not yet chosen a new pope.