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Choice of Jesuit pope resonates locally

Rev. Richard Ryscavage was interviewed in this article which explored local reaction to the Jesuit priest named to lead the Roman Catholic Church. With his new role, the famously austere, hands-on cardinal became the first pope from the Americas, the first non-European pope in more than 1,000 years and the first pope from the Jesuit order, or, the Society of Jesus. “I was shocked, frankly,” said the Rev. Richard Ryscavage, a professor of sociology and director of the Center for Faith and Public Life at Fairfield University, the only Jesuit institution of higher education in Connecticut. A Jesuit himself, Ryscavage said he had “discounted the idea that they would ever elect a Jesuit pope. It’s really extraordinary.”

Published in Connecticut Post, Greenwich Time, Danbury News Times, Stamford Advocate on 3/14/13

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