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Alexander Stille and John Cassidy on Pope Benedict XVI

February 19th, 2013

Episode 305 of 447 episodes

Last week, Pope Benedict XVI surprised the world by announcing his retirement, saying that he no longer had the strength for the job. Will his break with a centuries-old tradition of dying in office transform the papacyand the Church? And how about his successor? Benedict's contentious legacy is the subject of this week's New Yorker Out Loud with Alexander Stille and John Cassidy speaking with Amy Davidson. Also, a very short, romantically blighted poem.

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