The following Saint Joseph’s University faculty and administrators — renowned theologians, scholars and experts — are available to comment on various topics relating to Pope Francis’s scheduled visit to Philadelphia during the World Meeting of Families, September 22-27, 2015.
Cuba scholar Richard Gioioso, Ph.D., assistant professor of political science, comments on the historic normalization of U.S.-Cuba relations. An expert in Cuban migration and Cuban youth, whom Gioioso calls “expressly apolitical,” he adds that his research suggests “many Cuban young people would like to see some sort of political change in their country...
While the numbers surrounding the Ebola epidemic in West Africa are scary enough — the death toll is nearing 5,000, and a possible infection rate of 50,000 has been forecast — mutation, a single word, may be more worrisome to many than all of the virus's epidemiological statistics put together.
On Oct. 5, President Obama dedicated the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial, honoring current and former military members who have suffered while serving their country. In his speech, the president emphasized the country’s duty to care for veterans, saying, “When our wounded veterans set out on that long road of recovery, we need to move heaven and earth to make sure they get every single benefit, every single bit of care that they have earned, that they deserve.”
On April 27, for the first time in history, two Roman Catholic popes will be canonized on the same day: Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II will be elevated to sainthood in St. Peter’s Cathedral in Rome, joining the 10,000 saints who are recognized in church documents.