Is Religion Dying?

Tom Flynn

In case you missed it, Roman Catholics have a new pope. Pope Benedict XVI resigned, which no pope has done in almost six hundred years, and the College of Cardinals met in conclave and elected Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who chose the name Pope Francis.

But of course, you didn’t miss it. No one with a functioning central nervous system could have overlooked the papal succession extravaganza, a story that ruled the world’s news media for thirty-one days straight.

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