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Finding the next Pope 'will involve politics'

The process of finding the next pope could be described as political.

For the first time, the next Pope may be selected from outside of Europe.

The BBC's David Willey reports from Rome on the politics surrounding the conclave.

Father John Wauk, an American professor who teaches at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome and is a former speech writer from the Bush administration, said that there is an inevitable amount of politics to the process of finding the next Pope: "I think that politics isn't necessarily a dirty word, and the conclave is obviously an election, and in that sense is going to involve politics."

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Saturday 9 March 2013.

  • 09 Mar 2013
  • From the section Europe