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NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Mar 12, 2013
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(Studio: Brian Williams) Live shot of the Vatican shown; footage shown of the black smoke from the Sistine Chapel, where the cardinals are meeting to elect a new pope.

(Vatican: Anne Thompson) The rituals of the conclave featured; scenes shown of the cardinals proceeding to the Sistine Chapel, the doors closing, the crowd in St. Peter’s Square; details given about the problems facing the new pope. [Catholic Channel host Father Dave DWYER†- notes the need for a local community of faith for people to connect with.]

(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(Vatican: Lester Holt) The views of American Catholics on the new pope examined; details given about the impact of immigrants, mostly Hispanic, and the disconnect over the issues of abortion, the role of women, same-sex marriage, the dwindling numbers in the priesthood and the priest sex abuse scandal. [Student Emma THOMPSON†, New Yorker Debra COUCH†, Notre Dame Center for American Catholicism Kathleen CUMMINGS†, Georgetown University Father Thomas REESE†- comment.] The payment from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles to settle sex abuse cases noted.

Williams, Brian;
Thompson, Anne;
Holt, Lester

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