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Argentinian Cardinal is elected pope: Queen's University expert

2013-03-18

Queen’s University expert Robert Dennis is available to talk about the election of Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina as the new pope.

Mr. Dennis, a teaching fellow in the Queen’s history department, can talk about the new pope and what his impact will be on the Catholic Church.

"The cardinals have chosen an older candidate again, which is a bit of a surprise, and they have gone to South America, which is less surprising but still a historic decision,” says Mr. Dennis. “He is the first Jesuit chosen as pope and he will be a tremendous pastor for the church.”

Mr. Dennis can talk about any issues related to the papal conclave, how a pope choses his papal name, the history of conclaves (particularly in the 20th century), and the legacies of recent popes (including John XXIII, John Paul II, Benedict XVI).

To arrange an interview, please contact Queen’s University communication officers Michael Onesi (613-533-6000 ext. 77513 or michael.onesi@queensu.ca) or Anne Craig (613-533-2877 or anne.craig@queensu.ca).

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