This was a big week for Catholics around the world as Argentina’s Jorge Mario Bergoglio was chosen to be the first South American and Jesuit pope in history. Kevin Eckstrom, editor-in-chief of Religion News Service, will discuss the implications of the election of Pope Francis and explain what his election may tell us about the direction of the Church.

A Word from Welton: The State of the Catholic Church
After the huge week that Catholics and the entire religious community have had, it’s impossible not to note the sheer number of people that gathered in Saint Peter’s Square in excitement and anticipation for a new leader. Welton offers his reflections on the election of Pope Francis and the state of the Catholic Church on this week’s State of Belief.

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