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Pope Benedict’s resignation and Pope Francis’ inauguration

February 11, 2013

The fol­low­ing is a list of Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to experts who can com­ment on the res­ig­na­tion of Pope Bene­dict and the inau­gu­ra­tion of Pope Fran­cis.

Catholic Church (Cana­da and the world)
Catholic edu­ca­tion in Cana­da
His­to­ry of Chris­tian­i­ty
Immi­gra­tion and Cana­da
Reli­gion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions
The Irish in Cana­da 

Mark McGowan
Full Pro­fes­sor; Prin­ci­pal Emer­i­tus (St. Michael’s Col­lege)
St.George Cam­pus
St. Michael’s Col­lege
Fac­ul­ty of Arts and Sci­ence
Spe­cial Advi­sor; Vice Provost Stu­dents
Depart­ment of His­to­ry
Depart­ment of Reli­gion
Cen­tre for Dias­po­ra and Transna­tion­al Stud­ies
Cen­tre for the Study of Reli­gion
Office: 416–926-1300 ext 3253
Home: 905–668-0959
Cell: 647–771-1865
*NOTE: Best reached by cell 

Catholic Church
Faith and Physics
Homo­sex­u­al­i­ty and Catholic Church
Human Exper­i­men­ta­tion 

Yif­tach Fehige
Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor
St.George Cam­pus
St. Michael’s Col­lege
Insti­tute for the His­to­ry and Phi­los­o­phy of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­o­gy
Office: 416–926-7109 

Holo­caust, anti­semitism
Jew­ish Catholic rela­tions; Pope Pius XII; Vat­i­can and the Jews
Law and His­to­ry
Michael Mar­rus
Chan­cel­lor Rose and Ray Wolfe Pro­fes­sor Emer­i­tus of Holo­caust Stud­ies
St.George Cam­pus
Depart­ment of His­to­ry and Massey Col­lege
Office: 416–946-0648
Lan­guages: Eng­lish and French

Chris­tian­i­ty and ecol­o­gy
Envi­ron­men­tal ethics
Reli­gion and ecol­o­gy 

Stephen Scharp­er
Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor
St.George Cam­pus
Depart­ment of Cin­e­ma Stud­ies
Cen­tre for Envi­ron­ment
Cen­tre for Ethics
Cen­tre for the Study of Reli­gion
Office: 416–978-7433, 905–569-4912
Home: 416–656-9028
Cell: 416–460-7764

Roman Catholic Church
Reli­gious Diver­si­ty
Dar­ren Dias
Assis­tant Pro­fes­sor
St. Michael’s Col­lege
Fac­ul­ty of The­ol­o­gy
Office: 416–926-1300 ext. 3395


For more infor­ma­tion, please con­tact:

Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to media rela­tions
Tel: 416–978-0100