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Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio Elected Pope Francis

On March 13, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected Pope Francis. Pope Benedict XVI steped down Feb. 28. He is the first Pope to resign since 1294. Since the announcement of Pope Benedict XVI's resignation on Feb. 11, CUA faculty members have appeared in the media to discuss his resignation and the election of a new Pope. Click on the links below to view the interviews.

The Church in Latin America
March 21
Commonweal
Julia Young, assistant professor of history

Sex abuse victims want swift action
March 17
Associated Press
Christopher Ruddy, associate professor of historical and systematic theology

In Latin America, Catholics See a Lift
March 15
Wall Street Journal
Julia Young, assistant professor of history

Students sound off on potential impact of Pope Francis
March 15
USA Today College
Helena Lado, senior

D.C. area Catholics embrace symbolism of the election of first Latin American pope
March 14
The Washington Post
John Garvey, University President

What will Pope Francis mean for Latinos?
March 14
Newsday
Mario Ortiz, associate professor of Spanish and director of Latin American and Latino Studies

Vatican Looks South for Pope, but Still Aims at Orthodoxy
March 14
Voice of America
Rev. Mark Morozowich, dean of the School of Theology and Religious Studies

Local Catholics Celebrate Election Of Pope Francis
March 14
WAMU 88.5
Rev. Mark Morozowich, dean of the School of Theology and Religious Studies

Election of Pope Francis Raises Hope for Shake-Up at Vatican
March 14
Bloomberg
Christopher Ruddy, associate professor of historical and systematic theology

'Status quo' leader: Same-sex marriage, abortion unlikely under Pope Francis
March 14
NBC News
Christopher Ruddy, associate professor of historical and systematic theology

Pope Francis: What’s in a name?
March 14
The Washington Post
Chad Pecknold, assistant professor of systematic theology

New Pope is Jorge Mario Bergoglio; Pope Francis' Focus on Poor Likely to Set Him Apart From Recent Predecessors
March 13
CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight"
Monsignor Paul McPartlan, Carl J. Peter Professor of Systematic Theology and Ecumenism

D.C. Area Celebrates Election of New Pope
March 13
CBS Local
John Garvey, University President

Former Swiss Guard Talks About The Pope
March 13
WUSA 9
Andreas Widmer, director of entrepreneurship in the School of Business and Economics

Pope Francis: His name reflects ‘his ministry for the poor’
March 13
The Washington Post
Chad Pecknold, assistant professor of systematic theology

Pope Francis: A man of political sensibility and humility
March 13
The Desert Sun
Christopher Ruddy, associate professor of historical and systematic theology

Local reaction on selection of Pope Francis
March 13
Fox 5
John Garvey, University President and Rev. Mark Morozowich, dean of the School of Theology and Religious Studies

Answer Man: Conclave is far from Tower of Babel
Belleville News Democrat
March 13
Christopher Ruddy, associate professor of historical and systematic theology

New Pope Draws Praise and Prayers From Washington
National Journal
March 13
Stephen Schneck, Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies director, associate professor of politics, and acting dean of the National Catholic School of Social Service

Pope Francis: Jorge Bergoglio named new pope after two-day conclave
WJLA 7
March 13
John Garvey, University President

Argentina’s Cardinal Bergoglio Is Elected Pope Francis
March 13
Bloomberg Businessweek
Christopher Ruddy, associate professor of historical and systematic theology

Reactions to Pope Francis’ election
March 13
Religion News Service
John Garvey, University President

US Catholics Hope New Pope Can ‘Bridge the Divide’
March 13
Ria Novasti
Stephen Schneck, Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies director, associate professor of politics, and acting dean of the National Catholic School of Social Service

New Pope's Selection Of 'Francis' Name Surprises Some
March 13
NPR's "All Things Considered"
Chad Pecknold, assistant professor of systematic theology

Q&A on the News
March 13
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Christopher Ruddy, associate professor of historical and systematic theology

Are We In For A Long-Lasting Conclave?
March 13
WUSA 9
Christopher Ruddy, associate professor of historical and systematic theology

Catholic Latin America eyes conclave
March 13
CNN
Rev. John T. Ford, C.S.C., professor of theology and religious studies and coordinator of Hispanic/Latin Programs

Catholic faithful observe rites as voting for new pope begins
March 13
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Monsignor Kevin Irwin, Monsignor Walter J. Schmitz, S. S. Professor of Liturgical Studies

Winning styles of 2 cardinals from the US
March 13
Boston Globe
Christopher Ruddy, associate professor of historical and systematic theology

Argentine Cardinal Is Elected First Jesuit Pope
March 13
Chronicle of Higher Education
John Garvey, University President

Catholic U. Paying Close Attention to Papal Conclave
March 12
NBC 4
John Garvey, University President, and Very Rev. Phillip J. Brown, S.S., rector of Theological College

What Catholics want to see from the new pope
March 12
WTOP Radio
John Garvey, University President

Cardinal Tagle: A Filipino hopeful for pope
March 12
The Washington Post
Rev. Joseph Komonchak, professor emeritus of theology and religious studies

The Papal Conclave: How des it work?
March 12
WUSA 9
Kurt Martens, associate professor of canon law

What name will the new pope choose?
March 12
WJLA 7
Chad Pecknold, assistant professor of systematic theology

Selecting a New Pope
March 11
PBS' "Religion & Ethics Newsweekly"

Monsignor Kevin Irwin, Monsignor Walter J. Schmitz, S. S. Professor of Liturgical Studies

The New Pope's Role As Communicator In Chief
March 11
Forbes
Andreas Widmer, director of entrepreneurship in the School of Business and Economics

Local Catholics discuss pope on eve of Conclave beginning
March 11
WJLA 7
Rev. Mark Morozowich, dean of the School of Theology and Religious Studies

Poll: Majority of U.S. Catholics favor change
March 11
The Washington Post
Stephen Schneck, Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies director, associate professor of politics, and acting dean of the National Catholic School of Social Service

Where American papal contenders attended school
March 11
The Washington Post

A Rough Guide To The Papal Conclave
March 11
National Public Radio
Monsignor Kevin Irwin, Monsignor Walter J. Schmitz, S. S. Professor of Liturgical Studies

Whole church called to enter conclave in prayer, archbishop says
March 11
Catholic New Service

Monsignor Kevin Irwin, Monsignor Walter J. Schmitz, S. S. Professor of Liturgical Studies

Conclave to select new pope set to begin
March 11
KABC-TV (Los Angeles)
Monsignor Kevin Irwin, Monsignor Walter J. Schmitz, S. S. Professor of Liturgical Studies

Cardinal Dolan as pope? Lively but unlikely
March 11
The Journal News
Christopher Ruddy, associate professor of historical and systematic theology

Will an American pope emerge as cardinals enter the conclave?
March 10
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Rev. Robert Kaslyn, S.J., dean of the School of Canon Law

Bearing Christ, Engaging the World
March 10
National Catholic Register
Monsignor Kevin Irwin, Monsignor Walter J. Schmitz, S. S. Professor of Liturgical Studies

Has the time come for a pope of color?
March 9
The Washington Post
Nora Heimann, chair and associate professor of art

Pope Ready: Renowned Sistine Chapel Decked with Special Chimney for Conclave
March 9
Fox News Latino
Monsignor Kevin Irwin, Monsignor Walter J. Schmitz, S. S. Professor of Liturgical Studies

Conclave not just an election, it's a liturgy
March 9
The Catholic Register
Monsignor Kevin Irwin, Monsignor Walter J. Schmitz, S. S. Professor of Liturgical Studies

Could Next Pope Be an American?
March 7
Fox 5
Rev. Mark Morozowich, dean of the School of Theology and Religious Studies

DC Cardinal Donald Wuerl Reportedly Discussed As Potential Next Pope, Says CBS News
March 7
WUSA 9
Rev. Mark Morozowich, dean of the School of Theology and Religious Studies

Young Catholics voice pope preferences
March 7
Catholic News Service

Cardinals gather in Vatican to plan papal election
March 5
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Kurt Martens, associate professor of canon law

Benedict and Clergy Sexual Abuse: Decisive and Aggressive Action
March 4
National Catholic Register
Rev. John Beal, professor of canon law

Discord in Rome greets cardinals on eve of conclave
March 4
Boston Globe
Chad Pecknold, assistant professor of systematic theology

Selecting a New Pope: U.S. Catholic Voices
March 1
PBS' "Religion & Ethics Newsweekly"
Stephen Schneck, Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies director, associate professor of politics, and acting dean of the National Catholic School of Social Service

An inside look at life as the pope
Feb. 28
CNN's "The Situation Room"
Andreas Widmer, director of entrepreneurship in the School of Business and Economics

Pope Benedict's Last Day
Feb. 28
CNN
Monsignor Kevin Irwin, Monsignor Walter J. Schmitz, S. S. Professor of Liturgical Studies

Benedict exits Vatican; Catholic leaders feel disquiet, hope
Feb. 28
The Journal News
Christopher Ruddy, associate professor of historical and systematic theology

Pope Departs Vatican City, Greets Crowd From Balcony
Feb. 28
WUSA 9
Kurt Martens, associate professor of canon law

Local Reaction to Resignation of Pope Benedict XVI
Feb. 28
Fox 5
Christopher Ruddy, associate professor of historical and systematic theology

Former Swiss Guard: Benedict, John Paul had personal touch
Feb. 28
CNN's "Belief Blog"
Andreas Widmer, director of entrepreneurship in the School of Business and Economics

Transition At The Vatican
Feb. 28
"The Diane Rehm Show"
Rev. Mark Morozowich, dean of the School of Theology and Religious Studies

A reluctant leader, Pope Benedict leaves legacy of ‘new evangelization’
Feb. 27
The Washington Times
Kurt Martens, associate professor of canon law; Monsignor Paul McPartlan, Carl J. Peter Professor of Systematic Theology and Ecumenism; Rev. Mark Morozowich, dean of the School of Theology and Religious Studies; Christopher Ruddy, associate professor of historical and systematic theology

Did Pope Benedict Hint To More Scandals? Local Reaction
Feb. 27
WUSA 9
Christopher Ruddy, associate professor of historical and systematic theology

The pope in retirement: What to expect
Feb. 27
CNN
Andreas Widmer, director of entrepreneurship in the School of Business and Economics

World Converges on Rome for Pope Benedict XVI's Farewell to the Papacy
Feb. 26
CBS New York
Monsignor Kevin Irwin, Monsignor Walter J. Schmitz, S. S. Professor of Liturgical Studies

Cardinal George: New pope must 'govern the church as a pastor'
Feb. 25
Chicago Tribune
Kurt Martens, associate professor of canon law

Conclave: Prayer Meeting or Political Rally?
Feb. 25
Huffington Post
Andreas Widmer, director of entrepreneurship in the School of Business and Economics

Scandal surrounds two cardinals
Feb. 24
CBC
Ken Pennington, Kelly-Quinn Chair of Ecclesiastical and Legal History

In picking the next pope, Catholic population doesn’t equal power
Feb. 19
CNN
William D’Antonio, adjunct professor of sociology

When a Pope Retires, Is He Still Infallible?
Feb. 17
New York Times
Ken Pennington,
Kelly-Quinn Chair of Ecclesiastical and Legal History

Conclave's rituals, oaths and secrecy explained
Feb. 16
Associated Press
Monsignor Kevin Irwin, Monsignor Walter J. Schmitz, S. S. Professor of Liturgical Studies

Papal Resignation and Succession: “We Need a Superman as Pope”
Feb. 14
PBS "Religion & Ethics Newsweekly"
Rev. Mark Morozowich, dean of the School of Theology and Religious Studies

Pope Benedict XVI’s Successor and Change in the Church
Feb. 14
ABC News/Yahoo News "Around the World with Christiane Amanpour"
Rev. Mark Morozowich, dean of the School of Theology and Religious Studies

Papal Resignation and Succession: “Rethink What the Pope Should Be Doing”
Feb. 13
PBS "Religion & Ethics Newsweekly"
Christopher Ruddy, associate professor of historical and systematic theology

US Catholics look for reset in choice of new pope
Feb. 13
Agence France-Presse
Stephen Schneck, Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies director, associate professor of politics, and acting dean of the National Catholic School of Social Service

Why Benedict Resigned
Feb. 12
National Review Online
John Garvey, University President

Two-thirds majority needed to elect new pope
Feb. 12
Associated Press
Kenneth Pennington, Kelly-Quinn Chair of Ecclesiastical and Legal History

What's Missing From the Conversation on Benedict's Resignation
Feb. 12
Huffington Post
Andreas Widmer, director of entrepreneurship in the School of Business and Economics

The Future Of The Vatican After Pope Benedict XVI
Feb. 12
WUSA 9
Kurt Martens, associate professor of canon law

Next Pope to Face Calls for Renewal After Benedict Resisted
Feb. 12
Bloomberg
Joseph Capizzi, associate professor of moral theology and ethics

Pope Benedict stuns Catholic world with resignation
Feb. 12
Boston Globe
Kenneth Pennington, Kelly-Quinn Chair of Ecclesiastical and Legal History

An American pope? Dolan has very long odds
Feb. 12
St. Louis Post-Dispath
Rev. Robert Kaslyn, S.J., dean of the School of Canon Law

Pope Benedict XVI stepping down Feb. 28
Feb. 11
WJLA-TV
Rev. Mark Morozowich, dean of the School of Theology and Religious Studies

U.S. church still facing questions as Benedict departs
Feb. 11
The Washington Times
John Garvey, University President

Pope Benedict Steps Down
Feb. 11
"The Kojo Nnamdi Show"
Rev. Mark Morozowich, dean of the School of Theology and Religious Studies

American Catholicism is at crossroads
Feb. 11
The Washington Post
William D’Antonio, adjunct professor of sociology

Pope Benedict XVI resigns: D.C. local residents react to resignation
Feb. 11
WJLA-TV
Rev. Mark Morozowich, dean of the School of Theology and Religious Studies

Catholic University President Comments On Pope Resignation
Feb. 11
WUSA 9
John Garvey, University President

Catholics surprised by Benedict's resignation
Feb. 11
Baltimore Sun
Christopher Ruddy, associate professor of historical and systematic theology

Lay Catholics voice gratitude for 'inspired' Pope
Feb. 11
Catholic News Agency/EWTN News
John Garvey, University President

A Turbulent Tenure for a Quiet Scholar
Feb. 11
New York Times
Monsignor Kevin Irwin, Monsignor Walter J. Schmitz, S. S. Professor of Liturgical Studies

Pope’s Decision to Resign Takes Catholic Colleges by Surprise
Feb. 11
Chronicle of Higher Education
John Garvey, University President

Pope Benedict XVI Resigning On February 28 Due To Failing Health
Feb. 11
WUSA 9
John Garvey, University President

Catholic church prepares to select new leader
Feb. 11
MSNBC
John Garvey, University President

Church's growth of church in Africa, Latin America to factor into papal search
Feb. 11
WTOP Radio
Rev. Mark Morozowich, dean of the School of Theology and Religious Studies

A Legal Guide to Papal Resignation
Feb. 11
Wall Street Journal Law Blog
Rev. Robert Kaslyn, S.J., dean of the School of Canon Law; Kurt Martens,
associate professor of canon law

The Last Time a Pope Resigned, Dante Put Him in Hell
Feb. 11
Bloomberg
Kenneth Pennington, Kelly-Quinn Chair of Ecclesiastical and Legal History

Pope Benedict XVI's Resignation
Feb. 11
ABC News Now Special Report

Rev. Mark Morozowich, dean of the School of Theology and Religious Studies

Pope Benedict XVI to resign at the end of February
Feb. 11
Fox 5
Monsignor Kevin Irwin, Monsignor Walter J. Schmitz, S. S. Professor of Liturgical Studies;
Kenneth Pennington, Kelly-Quinn Chair of Ecclesiastical and Legal History

Pope's resignation a surprise to U.S. Catholics
Feb. 11
USA Today
Joanna Gardner, senior English major

Catholic University a 'mad house' after pope's resignation
Feb. 11
Washington Business Journal
Victor Nakas, Associate Vice President for Public Affairs