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(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day.
- 10 years ago today, the U.S.-led coalition invasion of Iraq began. The anniversary was marked in Iraq by a series of bombings that killed more than 50 and injured many others – mainly in Baghdad. The continued violence underscores the difficult and complicated legacy the U.S. is left with, since American troops left more than a year ago. 4,488 American troops died in the decade's time, along with at least 134,000 Iraqis. Paul Bremer, the former American diplomat who ran Iraq during the operation's early stages, answers whether the military action was worth it:
""Yes, I think it was, despite huge sacrifices the American people and the Iraqi people have made."
- This morning tens of thousands of people, everyone from locals to tourists to dignitaries, gathered in St. Peter's Square for the official inauguration of Pope Francis. The former archbishop of Buenos Aires received the official symbols of his papacy and spoke of showing love and concern for each and every person, particularly the poor. Father Edward Beck looks ahead to what sort of changes might be in store for Francis' papacy and the Roman Catholic Church:
"He wants to transform the image of the papacy. And I think so effectively he's already done that by his actions...his words and his actions."
- Over the past few years support has been on the rise nationwide for same-sex marriage. But in the South, that support has grown much more slowly. A recent Pew study found opposition to same-sex marriage is 10% higher in the South than in the Midwest. We reached out to our listeners and asked what it's like to be gay in the South. Here's one of the many responses:
"The city isn't for everyone. There are plenty of gay guys who still live in the South because it's home to them, it's what they're familiar with. They fit in better there as the construction worker, the truck driver, the farmer, whatever. We're not all going to be photographers, artists, models... city dwelling, you know, sophisticates..."
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