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Radio Smart Talk: Bishop McFadden on Pope's resignation; State-of-the-Union preview

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Feb 11, 2013 4:19 PM

Radio Smart Talk for Tuesday, February 12:

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The Vatican. Photograph by witf's Tim Lambert.

Pope Benedict XVI became the first pointiff to resign since 1415 when he announced Monday that he would be stepping down.  The 85-year-old Benedict cited his age and not having enough energy as the reasons for his resignation.

What does Pope Benedict's resignation mean for the world's one billion Catholics?

That's a question we'll pose on Tuesday's Radio Smart Talk to The Most Reverend Joseph McFadden, the 10th Bishop of the Harrisburg Diocese.

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Bishop McFadden believes the next pope could come from somewhere other than Europe -- maybe Africa or Asia.  We'll ask him why he thinks that is a possibility.

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Also, President Barack Obama delivers his State-of-the-Union Address Tuesday night. (9 p.m. witf-fm 89.5 and witf-tv)

Radio Smart Talk will preview the president's priorities with Ed Uravic, a former Congressional Chief-of-Staff, Washington lobbyist, and manager of numerous campaigns.  Uravic is now a faculty member at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology.

Was the president's progressive Inaugural speech a sign of things to come.  With re-election behind him, will the president move away from the center politically?

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  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-02-12 09:20

    Email from Manuel, Carlisle:

    There is a great and charismatic young cardinal from North Africa. Do you feel an African cardinal, where the church is rapidly growing, has a chance?

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