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Pope Benedict resigns: Queen's University expert

2013-02-28

Queen’s University teaching fellow Robert Dennis is available to talk about the resignation of Pope Benedict.

Mr. Dennis works in the Department of History and specializes in religious history, modern history of the Vatican, and 20th century Canadian Catholicism. Mr. Dennis can talk about Pope Benedict’s years at the Vatican, his legacy and the upcoming papal conclave to elect a new pope.

“This resignation is certainly unprecedented in modern time. Pope Benedict’s resignation is in great contrast with Pope John Paul II who felt duty bound to work until he died despite his health problems. Pope Benedict was seen as a natural successor to Pope John Paul ll and while he had a reputation for conservatism, he was an able shepherd for all Catholics,” says Mr. Dennis.

To arrange an interview, please contact communication officers Michael Onesi (office: 613.533.6000 ext. 77513, michael.onesi@queensu.ca) or Anne Craig (office: 613-533-2877, Anne.Craig@queensu.ca) at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.

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