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-- this team -- indeed a 115 cardinals from around the world will hold their final meeting today ahead of the crucial papal conclave tomorrow where they will actually start.
To vote on the next Pope they're hoping to rally behind a candidate who will reignite the church.
As it faces one of the most difficult periods in catholicism so is there clear front runner to become the -- -- Here he's the author of the soon to be released book the pope's last crusade and it looks terrific -- more into yeah.
Good morning good talking to you okay so today's the day of the last meetings and and tomorrow they start voting behind the scenes there's a lot of politicking going on isn't there.
Absolutely is you know there's there's different factions there's mostly -- a majority European faction larger than ever.
You know at least more than half of them are gonna be European or European based.
And the question is how do they joined together in a coalition to get more than the two thirds plus one that they need I really think that that it's going to be tough and it could take awhile.
What did you say bad.
Even -- -- the United States.
You know a lot of people here in the United States and would it be great to have an American.
You know are putting new face.
On the -- CB -- that the odds -- that are are slim to none.
I think that there are very slim the -- The eleven cardinals from the United States have a role in choosing.
You know what kind of hope it's gonna be.
But I think that that really we're looking at a situation which for 35 years there's been no Italian for the first time in in.
Centuries and I think that I would I would if I had to bet -- -- it would be an Italian or Latin America.
A moment ago you said that this could be a tougher vote -- it's -- -- require as we take a look at this week -- Vatican addition we should point out.
Online they're actually is it's a blog.
A religious news service where they take a look and of course it's just bloggers -- and people voting on their own.
But you said it could be tougher this time there we've seen in a very long time why.
First -- first of all.
You've got a a crisis in which some people are saying we've got to deal head on with the crisis.
The crisis involves management the crisis involves obviously all of the scandals going around the -- and then there's another group.
You know that a traditional group that says you don't got to circle the wagons get in be careful and not due to any anything to -- I think that that really means that you're gonna have.
Trouble in coming up with a consensus candidate yet eight and you know talking about what's going on behind the scenes.
It is reflected in your new book that's coming out where you talk about how.
Before World War II.
Pope Pius the eleventh.
With the help of an American jesuit wrote an encyclical.
Essentially for the Pope to sign that -- nazism and then his replacement -- up Pius the twelfth.
-- all politics.
Right and that's exactly the same kind of thing we're facing the books that the pope's last crusade and it talks about Pope Pius the eleventh.
Who saw Hitler moving on to the scene and said.
You know it's one thing to protect the church but it's another thing to deal with the world -- protect humanity and he brought an American -- with -- help them.
To try to fight Hitler fight anti semitism.
But he died before -- had a chance to do what he wanted to do -- this book is really what if what if the church has been able to follow through you know and fight Hitler.
Great to great theory great question the pope's last -- -- the name of the book that's coming out Peter I think we thank you very much.
-- join us live today on the last day of meetings before the -- tomorrow think -- -- Thanks a -- are.
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