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 first non-European-born pope in the modern era. 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 is likely to confront.


  • Dr. Leo Madden, Head of the Dept of Theology, ODU
  • Louise Akers,  the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati Office of Peace, Justice and Integrity of Creation 
  •  Michael Sean Winters, blogger and columnist for the National Catholic Reporter
  • Monsignor Eugene Morris, Director of Sacred Liturgy at the Pontifical College Josephinum


Music heard during today’s show was a performance of Puccini’s “Messa di Gloria” by the Capriccio Vocal Ensemble in Columbus. Their next concert is April 28. For more information, go to their Facebook page.

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  • Frank Hartge

    Once again, Ann, you load up your program on Catholic issues with the “progressive” side of the spectrum. Next time, instead of someone like Louise Akers, why don’t you seek out participation from one of the Sisters of Mary, mother of the Eucharist (teaching at St. Michael in Worthington) or one of the priest faculty members from the Josephinum?

  • Heidimorris06

    Louise Akers is one of the greatest mentors of my life.

  • Frank Hartge

    My apologies! I missed the first part of the show and did not realize that you had included my friend Msgr. Morris.