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Father Guido Sarducci dishes about the new pope in 1978

From all over the world, Catholic cardinals travel to the Vatican to choose the man who will lead the Church. CBC Digital Archives presents coverage of four such elections, from the election of John XXIII in 1958 through Paul VI in 1963 to two conclaves in 1978: John Paul 1 and John Paul II.

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There's a new pope heading the Catholic Church, and that means Father Guido Sarducci is polishing up his resume. Pope John Paul II is the first non-Italian pontiff in 455 years, and Sarducci -- gossip columnist at the Vatican -- is concerned he might be out the door if the Pope wants to bring in new staff from his native Poland. In this interview from CBC-TV's Canada After Dark, Sarducci also shows some of the badges cardinals use when campaigning for the job of pope.
• Father Guido Sarducci is the alter ego of comedian Don Novello. He first became known to audiences on the U.S. TV series The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour and appeared frequently on Saturday Night Live.
• As part of its coverage for the 1980 U.S. presidential election, CBC Radio hired Sarducci as a weekly commentator on the program Variety Tonight. He told the Globe and Mail that his salary was "in three figures."   

• The actor seen at the start of this clip is Victor Garber, a Canadian stage and film actor who portrayed Canadian ambassador Ken Taylor in the 2012 movie Argo.
Medium: Television
Program: Canada After Dark
Broadcast Date: Oct. 26, 1978
Host: Paul Soles
Guest: Fr. Guido Sarducci
Duration: 6:25

Last updated: June 25, 2013

Page consulted on November 4, 2014

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