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Raleigh religious leaders: Choice of pope 'matters to the world'

Posted March 10, 2013
Updated March 11, 2013

On the last Sunday before conclave, Catholic cardinals worshiped in Vatican City, while worldwide media attention focused in on them.

Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, who is considered by some to be a contender to be the next pope, was besieged by reporters from around the world as he tried to make his way into a parish Sunday. 

Why is this such a huge story, and why does the selection of a new pope matter, particularly for non-Roman Catholics?

A priest, imam and rabbi in Raleigh say the answer is obvious.

"It matters to the world, of course, because Christianity and Catholicism have had a significant presence in the religious world for so many centuries," said Rabbi Lucy Dinner of Temple Beth Or.

"I think it matters to me, and I know it matters to many of my colleagues around the world," said Rev. Greg Jones of St. Michael's Episcopal Church. "I think historically and globally, like it or not, the pope is the most important Christian in the world in terms of their voice, in terms of what they say about the gospel and about God's will."

Rabbi Lucy Dinner Pope selection has global significance, faith leaders say

"As a Muslim, I will be looking forward to see who will be the new pope," said Imam Sameh Asal of the Islamic Center of Raleigh. "Based on his leadership, we will see an improvement in the relationships between the people of different communities of faith."

Dinner said she was sending prayers to Catholic cardinals as they begin the selection process.

"My prayers are with the church, with those who are making this decision," she said. "I know this is very difficult time for the church."


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  • sparky27604 Mar 13, 2013

    The selection of a new pope doesn't concern those outside the Catholic faith as it will not bring any changes to its strictly discriminatory, patriarchal and unyielding structure.

  • superman Mar 13, 2013

    With all the covered up sex scandals in the USA, I cant imagine anyone who would admit they belong to this church. By being in this church your agree that they did nothing wrong.

  • cd2004 Mar 11, 2013

    What is with the censorship on this site, why do my post disappear, is it not the what the sponsors want to see, wral is the most is the worst news organization in nc, the biase and cencership is disgusting, your nothing more than a sitcom, that’s why the country such a mess, no one knows what’s going on any more, the media have become prostitutes.

  • backwards Mar 11, 2013

    cd2004, I agree with you about not worshipping man. That's one of my biggest concerns with the catholic church. The Bible says that Jesus says that there is no way to the Father but through Me. I don't see how people don't have a problem with confessing their sins to another man that sins just like the rest of us. You should be asking Jesus for forgiveness. He's the one that died for us.

  • backwards Mar 11, 2013

    I was raised in a Catholic church and I'll be the first to say that the Pope has zero effect on my life. IMO the catholic church does nothing but make you feel like you'll go to Heaven as long as you are a good person and live a peaceful life. The sad part is that's the furthest from the truth and now I attend a Baptist church where the gospel is preached. I can't tell you the last time a Pope told anyone about Jesus.

  • jamesvasilko Mar 11, 2013

    The ignorant are out early this morning.

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WRAL anchor David Crabtree reports from around the world.