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Released: 21-Apr-2023 3:10 PM EDT
TRANSCRIPT AND VIDEO AVAILABLE Live Event for April 21: Sleeping pill reduces levels of Alzheimer’s proteins

Researcher will discuss the study which involved a sleeping aid known as suvorexant that is already approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for insomnia, hints at the potential of sleep medications to slow or stop the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.

Newswise: Study finds U.S. bishops silent on moral issue of climate change
Released: 19-Oct-2021 4:50 PM EDT
Study finds U.S. bishops silent on moral issue of climate change
Creighton University

The study, “U.S. Catholic bishops’ silence and denialism on climate change,” examined more than 12,000 columns published from June 2014 to June 2019 by bishops in official publications for 171 of the 178 U.S. Catholic dioceses.

Released: 19-Aug-2021 3:00 PM EDT
VIDEO AND TRANSCRIPT AVAILABLE: Breakthrough Cases and COVID Boosters: Live Expert Panel for August 18, 2021

Expert Q&A: Do breakthrough cases mean we will soon need COVID boosters? The extremely contagious Delta variant continues to spread, prompting mask mandates, proof of vaccination, and other measures. Media invited to ask the experts about these and related topics.

Released: 16-Oct-2018 3:05 PM EDT
Research Suggests Pope Did Not Do Enough to Address Abuse in Ireland – Queen’s University Belfast
Queen's University Belfast

A research study from Queen’s University Belfast has revealed that the majority of Irish people believe that Pope Francis did not do enough to address clerical abuse during his recent papal visit to Ireland.

8-Nov-2017 8:55 AM EST
Closing the Rural Health Gap: Media Update from RWJF and Partners on Rural Health Disparities

Rural counties continue to rank lowest among counties across the U.S., in terms of health outcomes. A group of national organizations including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the National 4-H Council are leading the way to close the rural health gap.

Released: 24-Jan-2017 4:05 PM EST
Pope Spurs Republicans to Shift Climate Views
Cornell University

After Pope Francis framed climate change as a moral issue in his second encyclical, conservative Republicans shifted and began to see environmental dilemmas in the same way, according to a new study led by Cornell University communication researchers.

Released: 8-Apr-2016 2:05 PM EDT
Faculty Comment on Pope Francis' Letter, 'Amoris Laetitia'
University of Notre Dame

On Friday, Pope Francis released his apostolic exhortation "Amoris Laetitia" (“The Joy of Love”), a document that addresses areas of Catholic Church doctrine that arose, often controversially, during the Synod of Bishops in Rome last October. University of Notre Dame experts reflect on the document.

Released: 4-Feb-2016 9:05 AM EST
‘Stakes Are High’ in Pope’s Visit to Mexico, Experts Say
University of Notre Dame

When Pope Francis travels to Mexico Feb. 12-17, he will visit six cities — including two in the state of Chiapas, Mexico’s poorest state — and will celebrate a Mass in Ciudad Juárez across the Rio Grande from El Paso, Texas. A University of Notre Dame expert calls this a "defining trip" for the pope.

Released: 27-Sep-2015 3:05 PM EDT
Pontiff Makes Historic Visit to Saint Joseph's, Philadelphia's Jesuit University
Saint Joseph's University

Pope Francis made an unscheduled stop at Saint Joseph’s University today, greeting campus officials, student and religious leaders, and visiting the newly dedicated statue, “Synagoga and Ecclesia in Our Time.” The bronze work by noted Philadelphia artist Joshua Koffman was installed Sept. 25 at the plaza in front of the Chapel of St. Joseph-Michael J. Smith, S.J., Memorial, commemorating the 50th anniversary of 'Nostra Aetate,' the Vatican II document that transformed the relationship between the Catholic and Jewish faiths.

Released: 21-Sep-2015 5:05 PM EDT
WashU Expert: Pope Francis Visit Spotlights Needed Criminal Justice System Reform
Washington University in St. Louis

Article Body 2010Pope Francis is widely expected to address a range of issues when he visits the United States Sept. 22-27, including the crisis of mass incarceration in the U.S. criminal justice system. The attention is needed and welcome, said a criminal justice reform expert at Washington University in St. Louis. “The Pope’s scheduled visit to a prison in Philadelphia will spotlight one of the major issues we are facing as a country — the mass incarceration of millions of citizens, many for minor crimes, at cost of billions of dollars per year,” said Carrie Pettus-Davis, PhD, assistant professor at the Brown School and noted national expert on criminal justice system reform and behavioral intervention development.

Released: 21-Sep-2015 2:05 PM EDT
Coming to America - The Pope and Politics
University of Louisville

As Pope Francis embarks on his first visit to the U.S., a recent survey shows that while he is extremely popular with American Catholics, there is a significant split concerning his active role in pushing an agenda outside the normal papal realm.

Released: 17-Sep-2015 10:05 AM EDT
NYU’s Carter Journalism Institute, Evrybit Team Up for All-Mobile Coverage of Pope’s Visit to New York City
New York University

Pope Francis is making his first trip to the United States later this month. To document this historic visit, New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute is partnering with mobile publishing startup Evrybit for a collaborative mobile reporting project to provide live coverage of the event.

Released: 15-Sep-2015 1:05 PM EDT
Temple University Experts Available to Speak on Pope Francis
Temple University

Reporters wishing to request an interview should contact Ashwin Verghese at 215-204-7739 (office), 717-676-8584 (cell) or [email protected]. Photos are available upon request.

Released: 12-Aug-2015 3:05 PM EDT
Papal Experts Available to Speak on Pope Francis' Visit
Creighton University

Creighton University has several experts available to discuss elements of Pope Francis' message and ministry.

Released: 14-Mar-2013 10:30 AM EDT
Will Having One Lung Limit Pope Francis?
Loyola Medicine

A pulmonologist explains why a person can function normally on one lung.

Released: 1-Mar-2013 5:00 AM EST
Mother Teresa: Anything but a Saint…
Universite de Montreal

The myth of altruism and generosity surrounding Mother Teresa is dispelled in a paper by Serge Larivée and Genevieve Chenard of University of Montreal’s Department of Psychoeducation and Carole Sénéchal of the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Education.

Released: 28-Feb-2013 8:00 AM EST
Experts Available on Electing the New Pope
National Communication Association

Members of The National Communication Association who study spiritual communication can provide insight into the election of the new pope.

Released: 18-Feb-2013 7:00 AM EST
Virginia Tech Historian Carefully Watching Papal Election
Virginia Tech

As the world awaits white smoke from the Sistine Chapel roof -- the signal that a new pope has been elected -- Virginia Tech historian Frederic Baumgartner speculates about what will happen next.

Released: 14-Feb-2013 10:00 AM EST
Papal Profiling: Who Will Be the Next Pontiff?
Saint Joseph's University

Speculation regarding the profile of the next leader of the Catholic Church is mounting in the days since Pope Benedict XVI’s surprising resignation. William Madges, Ph.D., dean of Saint Joseph’s University’s College of Arts and Sciences and professor of theology, warns that speculation is just that until the conclave actually meets, but notes some obvious considerations.

Released: 12-Feb-2013 8:00 AM EST
Rev. Gerald Fogarty Available to Speak to Media on Papal Succession
University of Virginia

The Rev. Gerald P. Fogarty, S.J., William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Religious Studies and History at the University of Virginia, is available to speak with members of the media about issues of papal succession.

Released: 12-Feb-2013 8:00 AM EST
Catholic Studies Scholar Available to Comment on Pope Benedict's Resignation
Washington University in St. Louis

While it is not unprecedented for a pope to resign from his position, it is unprecedented for a pope to resign for health reasons — as Pope Benedict XVI plans to do at the end of the month — says a leading historian of religion at Washington University in St. Louis. Daniel M. Bornstein, PhD, the Stella Koetter Darrow Professor in Catholic Studies at Washington University in St. Louis, says that Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation stands out as different from previous ones, but not simply because of his medical reasons. “Previous resignations either resulted from or led to grave crises in leadership. I do not see either of those as a concern in this case,” Bornstein says.

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