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The Vatican’s New Pope

White smoke billowed from the Vatican’s chimney on Wednesday, signaling that Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina will step up as Pope Francis the 266th, the first South American pope ever. On this hour of All Sides, we’ll discuss what effects the new Pope’s origins might have on the papacy, and what issues Pope Francis will confront.

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 hails 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 issues remain.