A South American Pope

March 12, 2013

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 NewsBloomberg NewsThe New York Times, Boston GlobeLA TimesReutersABC NewsNY MagazineNational Post (Toronto)The Journal News (Gannett), Religion News Service, CNN's Belief BlogSlate.com, The AtlanticDiocese of Phoenix Bishop's HourAmericaVoice of America News and again in the NY TimesNational Post (Toronto)The Journal News (Gannett),  Bloomberg NewsVoice of America News and CBS News.  

Dr. Bellitto provided in depth analysis of the papal resignation and succession in video interviews for Piers Morgan TonightNPRCNN and Kean XChange included below. He also wrote three essays on the events: CNN ICNN IIAmerica.