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  • Georgetown celebrates first Jesuit pope
    March 14, 2013
    “I’m sure that Georgetown is known to him. Clearly we have someone who knows who we are and can support our mission I hope,” Chester Gillis, dean of Georgetown College and professor of theology, on what a Jesuit Pope will mean for Georgetown.
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    Source: The Washington Post

  • Black smoke released, conclave continues
    March 13, 2013
    "If you had someone that could connect more readily, it would make a difference," Chester Gillis, dean of Georgetown College and professor of theology, on how the next pope could affect the Catholic Church as a whole.
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    Source: NBC News

  • Why does the pope change his name? Why 'Francis'?
    March 13, 2013
    "The Franciscans have devoted themselves to the poor, and he's been living in a place where there’s wealth but a lot of poverty as well.... This is a sign of being on the side of the poor," Chester Gillis, dean of Georgetown College and professor of theology, on how Pope Francis chose his name.
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    Source: Los Angeles Times

  • A pope's name tells his spiritual story and his vision
    March 13, 2013
    USA Today quotes Chester Gillis, dean of Georgetown College and professor of theology, on how a pope's name can send a theological and a political message and honor someone of spiritual significance.
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    Source: USA Today

  • Pope Francis Brings 'New Gifts' to the Future of the Catholic Church
    March 13, 2013
    "He's coming in at a very difficult time. This is not coming in when things are smooth. So he can make a big difference in a short period of time, potentially," Chester Gillis, dean of Georgetown College and professor of theology, on how Pope Francis will shape the Catholic Church.
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    Source: PBS NewsHour

  • Black Smoke: New Pope Yet to Be Chosen
    March 13, 2013
    "The first vote is generally kind of a primary really, if there were a primary in the Vatican election...Once they see who has gotten a certain number of votes, then votes tend to shift one way or another pretty quickly," Chester Gillis, dean of Georgetown College and professor of theology, on how the voting rounds for a new Pope in the Vatican typically unfold.
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    Source: WSJ Live

  • Papal Vote Won't Last More Than 3 Days, Gillis Says
    March 12, 2013
    "They will still be looking for someone who is theologically oriented appropriately with the Church and someone who is spiritually deep. I think those are high criteria for this, as well as the management skills," Chester Gillis, dean of Georgetown College and professor of theology, on the selection process for the next pope.
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    Source: Bloomberg TV

  • Paul Ryan budget: Repeal Obamacare, slash spending
    March 12, 2013
    “The Ryan proposal is to keep Pell Grants at the same level for the next 10 years, but tuition costs for colleges continue to go up, so this is being passed on to families.” Adriana Kugler, professor of public policy, on the effect of Congressman Paul Ryan's (R-WI) proposed budget cuts on education.
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    Source: NBC Latino

  • Pope Benedict "burdened" by sex abuse, butler scandals, papal expert says
    March 11, 2013
    "To shoulder this job is a grave responsibility, which the Pope has taken seriously, and I think it really is a very tiring job. He's exhausted and certainly the scandals have been a tremendous burden, both morally and financially, for the Church." Chester Gillis, dean of Georgetown College and professor of theology, on the effect of the Catholic church's sexual abuse scandals on Pope Benedict XVI's decision to retire.
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    Source: CBS

  • Gap Between Race and Wealth Widens
    March 8, 2013
    "You can't ask a man or woman starting at the thirty yard dash to catch up with someone who starts at the seventy," Maurice Jackson, professor of history, on a new study showing the growing wealth disparity between African-Americans and whites in the last 25 years.
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    Source: RT America

  • Tratan de evitar la crisis (Trying to avoid the crisis)
    March 5, 2013
    Adriana Kugler, professor of public policy, appeared on Telemundo to discuss the U.S. budget crisis.
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    Source: Telemundo

  • Vatican media advisor: Benedict 'very relieved' by retirement decision
    February 28, 2013
    "Everything about this is unprecedented...there are no rules for this." Chester Gillis, dean of Georgetown College and professor of theology, on the aftermath of Pope Benedict XVI's retirement and its effect on the Vatican.
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    Source: CBS

  • Pergolesi's Stabat Mater
    February 26, 2013
    "The concert affirmed, once again, my Catholic faith, and to lead my life with faith as a central tenet in all that I do." Anthony DelDonna, associate professor of musicology, on a performance of the Stabat Mater, a choral piece which imagines the sufferings of the Virgin Mary at the foot of the cross.
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    Source: BBC

  • Mindfulness and meditation training could ease PTSD symptoms, researchers say
    February 18, 2013
    “It’s clear that mindfulness can lower stress in many contexts. We think it can work for soldiers dealing with the extreme stress of combat,” former U.S. Army Capt. Elizabeth Stanley, professor of security studies, on using meditation to treat and prevent PTSD.
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    Source: The Washington Post

  • Is The Call For Universal Pre-Kindergarten Warranted?
    February 18, 2013
    NPR's Morning Edition cites professor of public policy Bill Gormley's research on the cognitive benefits of pre-K education.
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    Source: NPR

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