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What to look for on Smart Talk Thursday, April 24, 2014:
There are almost 250,000 Catholics living in the 15 counties of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg.
Last month, they got a new leader when Bishop Ronald Gainer was installed as the 11th Bishop of the Diocese.
With Catholics representing more than one-tenth of the region's total population and considering the social fabric of the Church, Bishop Gainer will be a familiar face in Central Pennsylvania.
On Thursday's Smart Talk, we'll meet the Pottsville native, who most recently was the Bishop of a large diocese in Kentucky.
We'll ask Bishop Gainer to discuss his background, his vision for the Harrisburg Diocese, education, the future of the Church, and Pope Francis and what he means to Catholics around the world.
Bishop Gainer also speaks passionately about aiding the poor and those left behind, including those in prison.
Catholics and non-Catholics are always interested in what positions the Church takes on contemporary social issues like same-sex marriage, contraception, women's role in the Church, and clergy who have been accused of sexual abuse.
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