During the afternoon of March 13th, before Pope Francis I was elected and announced, CNN Anchor Chris Cuomo reported that Cardinal Bergoglio could be a front-runner.
“A name we have not heard yet that was offered up to me is Cardinal Bergoglio,” Cuomo said.
He added, “As we're thinking about if the big names don't deliver early on and they have to look for an alternative, interesting suggestion from a retired cardinal, Bergoglio, don't count him out.”
Cardinal Timothy Dolan says pope can't change teachings, but can "present" better
Live from Rome, CNN’s Chris Cuomo sits down with Cardinal Timothy Dolan after Pope Francis was elected by the papal conclave. When Cuomo asks if the new pope can make any changes regarding social issues, Cardinal Dolan says the pope cannot change the substance of the Catholic faith, but he can modify the way it’s presented because a lot of the teachings “aren’t going over” with some people. Later in the interview, Dolan recounts the conclave experience and gives insight into what happened immediately after the pope accepted.
“It’s not all fun and games. It’s very intense and it’s very emotionally draining because you think about it night and day. This would be one of the most important things I’d ever have to do – to vote for the new successor of Peter. So there’s a lot of intensity,” Cardinal Dolan said. “… There’s a beautiful sense of the gentle movement of the Holy Spirit. No thunder and lightning. No sledge hammers. No people getting knocked off their horse. But you gradually begin to sense a movement towards a man. You pray hard. You talk a lot to one another.”
CNN's Chris Cuomo chats with two New Yorkers about why they want to become priests, the sacrifice of celibacy and the sex abuse scandals.
Anderson Cooper reports on how leaders of the Catholic church get ready to pick a new pope with the traditional conclave.
CNN's Dan Rivers talks to a designer who explains what it takes to dress the pontiff.
CNN.com offers full coverage leading up to and during the conclave at CNN.com/Pope, a special section also available in the CNN mobile apps, with content explaining how the new pope will be chosen, a glimpse into the Catholic Church today and why this matters to non-Catholics. CNN.com/live will also live stream coverage of the smoke that comes from the Vatican's rooftop online and on the CNN Apps.
Additionally, CNN.com presents two interactives related to the pope: one that explains how the next pope will be decided and another that breaks down information on the possible papal contenders. Users can also click through photo galleries of the shortest-reigning popes and the longest-reigning popes.
Live from Rome, CNN Anchor Chris Cuomo reports on upcoming papal conclave and the warm reception of Cardinal Timothy Dolan.
“People here, and those in the know at the Vatican did not expect Cardinal Dolan to be high on the list of priorities within the general congregation,” Cuomo said. “But he has been mentioned, and at least reportedly, here in Italian papers… he’s mentioned almost every time. Here’s an interesting dynamic to keep in mind. In American presidential politics, when you have two candidates and they’re going head to head and it’s kind of deadlocked, one of them is going to make a compromise to create consensus. But here they really can’t do that. So when you have two people who are neck and neck, maybe both get thrown out and they look for a compromise. That’s how we got Karol Wojtyła to be John Paul II. Maybe Cardinal Dolan can fit into that kind of scenario, but certainly, to ask the Cardinal himself, he does not see it happening.”
CNN International's Christiane Amanpour continues to anchor live coverage from Rome all this week – the last week for the papacy of Benedict XVI.
On Wednesday's program, she spoke with Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, former Archbishop of Washington, DC for the Catholic Church and a cardinal participant in the conclave that elected Pope Benedict XVI in 2006. McCarrick today commented on what kind of cardinal is likely to become the next pope, his thoughts about Father Mahony’s recusal from the conclave, and whether he feels the Church is in ‘crisis’ as Pope Benedict XVI resigns on Thursday.
On Thursday's program, Amanpour will have an exclusive interview with Cardinal Timothy Dolan of the North American College of Cardinals. Amanpour airs weekdays on CNN International at 3:00pmET in North America, and at 9:00pmCET in Europe. The full transcript of this program may be found here.
CNN International's Christiane Amanpour anchors live from Rome all this week – the last week for the papacy of Benedict XVI.
On Monday's program, she spoke with Tom Rosica, assistant spokesperson to the Holy See, about today's announced resignation of the U.K.'s Cardinal Keith O'Brien, amid claims that he made sexual advances towards other priests, and also Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles, criticized for his handling the priest sexual abuse crisis. Despite the circulation of a petition to protest his participation in the upcoming Vatican conclave to select a new pope, Father Rosica confirmed during his interview with Amanpour that Cardinal Mahony is now in Rome and expects to participate in the selection process.
In addition to Father Rosica, Amanpour interviewed journalist and former Dominican friar, Mark Dowd, who is openly gay, who describes homosexuality as a "ticking time bomb in the Catholic Church," suggesting that perhaps half of the clergy are homosexual.
And also on Monday's program, Amanpour interviewed veteran Vatican journalist, Marco Politi, of la Repubblica about the factors that may have influenced the retirement of Pope Benedict XVI, about clergy practicing their sexuality despite their vows of celibacy, and other challenges facing the new pope.