Category: Faith

Papal Historian Reflects on Pope Francis’s First Year

In the historic run up to the election of Argentinean Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergolio as pope, Church historian Christopher Bellitto spoke almost nonstop with national and international media organizations as they explored the possibilities and probabilities for the successor to St. Peter’s throne.

But, as he said during a recent talk at Georgian Court, the selection of the first Jesuit, the first Pope Francis, and first pope from the new world, surprised him and millions of others.

Dr. Bellitto, a frequent contributor to CNN and other outlets, spoke to a GCU audience of 130 students, faculty, staff, and members of the community during the university’s March 11 discussion of Pope Francis’ first year.

The Catholicism expert took listeners back in time to what would turn out to be the night of Francis’s election. Dr. Bellitto said he was determinedly preparing what is known as “b copy” —or background content—when his wife called and told him to stop writing and wait to see whom the cardinals had elected.

And, he acknowledged, the appearance of Francis on the balcony was, as it turns out, not only surprising but transformative.

In the historic run up to the election of Argentinean Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergolio as pope, Church historian Christophe...

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GCU Crop Walk Efforts Help Alleviate Hunger

cropwalkteam2Georgian Court University was a prominent presence at this year’s Annual Crop Walk, which took place October 20 in Toms River, NJ.

“With some 223 GCU students, faculty and staff, all wearing bright orange t-shirts, GCU was pretty hard to miss,” said Jeff Schaffer, GCU’s Director of Campus Ministry, adding that the participants raised nearly $5,000 to fight hunger. “We are very proud of our academic community’s commitment to service and compassion. At Crop Walk 2013, mercy wore the color orange!” he said.

This year’s t-shirts were designed by Amy Berry, a GCU senior studying exercise science and psychology, who added a memorable message to the back of the shirts: “We walk because they need to live!”

"These numbers represent a tremendous effort to ease hunger both globally and locally. Our students have taken valuable time from their busy schedules to make a positive difference in the world.

Jeff Schaffer

GCU Campus Minister

Georgian Court University was a prominent presence at this year’s Annual Crop Walk, which took place October 20 in Toms...

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