Cardinal Ratzinger Becomes Pope Benedict XVI The Catholic Church has a new pope. Former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany was elected Tuesday to be the new leader of the world's 1 billion Catholics. Neal Conan talks with guests and takes listener calls about Pope Benedict XVI and what challenges lie ahead for him.
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Cardinal Ratzinger Becomes Pope Benedict XVI

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Cardinal Ratzinger Becomes Pope Benedict XVI

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Germany's Joseph Ratzinger appears at the window of the main balcony after being elected the 265th pope of the Roman Catholic Church 19 April 2005 at the Vatican City. Ratzinger will take the name Benedict XVI, the Vatican announced. Reuters hide caption

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The Catholic Church has a new pope. Former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany was elected Tuesday to be the new leader of the world's 1 billion Catholics. Neal Conan talks with guests and takes listener calls about Pope Benedict XVI and what challenges lie ahead for him.

Guests:

Monsignor Kevin Irwin, professor of liturgy and sacramental theology at the Catholic University of America. He also received his doctorate in sacred theology from St. Anselm's in Rome.

Andrew Walker, producer with BBC News. Has profiled papal candidates for six years.

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