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Expert Can Discuss Impacts of Historic U.S. Visit by Pope Francis

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The head of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis, is making his first visit to the United States. This pope has shaken up his church with his energy and his embrace of issues such as environmental stewardship and climate change, and his concern for the poor worldwide. Rutgers University-Newark Political Science Professor Mary Segers is an expert on religion and politics who can address various issues related to the papal visit:

  • Catholicism in the U.S. and how some of the pope's pronouncements might be received here;
  • The papal encyclical on the environment;  
  • Steps taken by Pope Francis to cope with the global clergy sexual abuse crisis; and
  • The pope’s stand on the current migration crisis in Europe.

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(Photo: Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark, New Jersey)