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Documents Show Pope Knew About Sex Abuse Scandals

Pope Benedict XVI during a general audience in St. Peter's square. (AP)
Pope Benedict XVI during a general audience in St. Peter's square. (AP)

Internal Vatican documents revealed this week show that Pope Benedict XVI, when he was a cardinal and an archbishop, was directly informed about two priests who had been charged with sexual abuse of children. In both cases, the priests went back to working with children, and one of them was later convicted for sexual abusing boys. John Allen, senior correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter, is our guest. He's also author of the paper's blog "All Things Catholic" and "The Rise of Benedict XVI: The Inside Story of How the Pope Was Elected and Where He Will Take the Catholic Church."

Senators Campaign To Save Their Jobs

Some of the most powerful lawmakers in Washington are fighting for their political lives. Sen. John McCain is pulling out all the stops, even calling on his former running mate, Sarah Palin, to campaign with him today in Arizona. Meanwhile, Democratic Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid, is facing his first major challenge in years. Jeff Zeleny of the New York Times looks at incumbents, who are facing tough re-election campaigns.

American Doctors Head To Haiti

Medical workers at Children's Hospital in Boston participate in a simulation program to prepare them for the environment and injuries they will encounter in treating earthquake victims in Haiti. (Sacha Pfeiffer/Here & Now)
Medical workers at Children's Hospital in Boston participate in a simulation program to prepare them for the environment and injuries they will encounter in treating earthquake victims in Haiti. (Sacha Pfeiffer/Here & Now)

Doctors from all over the U.S. are heading to Haiti to work with earthquake victims. But when they get to Haiti, the doctors are encountering difficult working conditions and shortages of basic medical supplies.  A program at Boston's Children's Hospital is re-training doctors to deal with the situations they'll face in Haiti.

Internet Phenoms That Failed And Why

A Widower Is Haunted By More Than Memories

Iben Hjejle, left, and Ciaran Hinds are shown in a scene from "The Eclipse." (AP)
Iben Hjejle, left, and Ciaran Hinds are shown in a scene from "The Eclipse." (AP)

In the new Irish film, "The Eclipse," Ciaran Hinds stars as Michael Farr, a widowed teacher who volunteers at a local writing festival. He meets the author of a book about ghosts and the supernatural, who he's drawn to in part because he's been experiencing supernatural visitations himself. Here and Now's Emiko Tamagawa spoke with both Ciaran Hinds and Conor McPherson, who co-wrote and directed the film.

Music From The Show

  • Dntel, "Last Songs"
  • Ahmad Jamal, "Stolen Moments"
  • Peter Dixon, "Nagog Woods"
  • Charles Mingus, "Pedal Point Blues"
  • Christian McBride, "Brother Mister"
  • Steely Dan, "Glamour Profession"
  • U2, “October”

This program aired on March 26, 2010.

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