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Vatican / Next Pope / Women in the Church #787308

ABC Evening News for Sunday, Apr 17, 2005
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(Vatican: Bob Woodruff) Report introduced.

(Vatican: Bill Blakemore) The secret conclave of the Catholic cardinals to elect a new pope featured; scenes shown from the Vatican, including the Santa Marta residence, the stove to burn the ballots & the Sistine Chapel; details given about the voting process & the rumors about cardinals. ["La Repubblica" Vatican correspondent Marco POLITI†- says the Italians are very divided.] [Catholic editor Father Thomas REESE†- speculates about Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger.] The wide-open nature of the candidates & whether the conclave will go longer than a few days discussed.

(Vatican: Bob Woodruff) Report introduced.

(Rome: David Wright) The role of women in the Catholic Church examined; details given of Pope John Paul II's views. [Order of St. Benedict Sister Joan CHITTISTER†- comments on women in the church.] [Catholic parents Lydia & Matt KELLER†- say their daughter should be able to become a priest.] [US Conference of Bishops media director Sister Mary Ann WALSH†- states women can do things in the church.]

(Vatican: Bob Woodruff) ABCNews coverage of the conclave noted.

Woodruff, Bob;
Blakemore, Bill;
Wright, David

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