For the first time in over 1,000 years, a non-European has been selected leader of the Roman Catholic Church. Pope Francis I, formerly known as Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina, was chosen on the second day of the conclave in the VaticanDr. Christopher Bellitto, chair of Kean University’s History Department, is among the experts to whom the world’s media are turning to explain what the new pope’s election will mean for the world. Dr. Bellitto is a renowned student of the papacy, and has appeared on television and in print throughout the world in recent weeks.
Here is a sampling of Dr. Bellitto’s recent media coverage: CBS News, Bloomberg News, The New York Times, Boston Globe, LA Times, Reuters, ABC News, NY Magazine, National Post (Toronto), The Journal News (Gannett), Religion News Service, CNN's Belief Blog, Slate.com, The Atlantic, Diocese of Phoenix Bishop's Hour, America, Voice of America News and again in the NY Times, National Post (Toronto), The Journal News (Gannett), Bloomberg News, Voice of America News and CBS News.
Dr. Bellitto provided in depth analysis of the papal resignation and succession in video interviews for Piers Morgan Tonight, NPR, CNN and Kean XChange included below. He also wrote three essays on the events: CNN I, CNN II, America.