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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


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