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A New Kind of Pope: One Year Lateri
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March 14, 2014 3:00 AM
One year ago, the Catholic Church seemed to be in a crisis. Hounded by sex abuse scandals and allegations of corruption amongst the Roman Curia, it seemed to be losing its credibility. Then came a new pope. On this week's edition of ON THE LINE, we will look at how Pope Francis has revitalized the Catholic Church and the challenges he still faces.

A New Kind of Pope: One Year Later

Published March 13, 2014

One year ago, the Catholic Church seemed to be in a crisis. Hounded by sex abuse scandals and allegations of corruption amongst the Roman Curia, it seemed to be losing its credibility. Then came a new pope. On this week's edition of ON THE LINE, we will look at how Pope Francis has revitalized the Catholic Church and the challenges he still faces.

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FERGUSON - A COMMUNITY ON EDGE
The small city of Ferguson, Missouri has been at the center of American media attention since 18 year old Michael Brown was shot dead by police just over three months ago. It was a white officer and an African American victim, a majority black community policed by mostly white officers, a community that says for years it has endured systematic racism at the hands of a white run political system. And now, the media attention has added to the already tense situation. Gun sales have reportedly spiked. Some local communities have taken steps to warn its residents to be ready for violence when the grand jury’s decision is announced. ON THE LINE takes a look at Ferguson, Missouri – a city on edge.
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Ayesha Tanzeem: VOA News (in Ferguson, Missouri)
Chris Simkins: VOA News [in DC Studio]