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Pope Francis setting 'a tone of humility': Queen's University expert

2013-04-16

Queen’s University Vatican expert Robert Dennis is available to talk about the opening weeks of Pope Francis’ pontificate, including today’s announcement the church will take decisive action to fight against clergy sex abuse.

Mr. Dennis, a teaching fellow in the history department, believes Pope Francis is breaking with traditions to set a new tone.

“Pope Francis has called for a church of the poor and a poor church,” says Mr. Dennis. “He has set a tone of humility and simplicity for his papacy. On Holy Thursday, he broke with a long-standing tradition by washing the feet of four young women at youth detention centre—a sign of an inclusive church ministering to those on the fringes of society. He has also not been afraid to tackle the serious issues facing the church—with bold, swift action on combating abuse within the church.”

Mr. Dennis can talk about any issues related to Roman Catholicism and the pontificate of Pope Francis.

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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