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It's good to be a Jesuit university when a Jesuit pope is elected.

Santa Clara was at the epicenter of local and national news coverage of the March 13 selection of the new pope, Argentine Jesuit Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who took the name Pope Francis. Two Jesuits who know the new pope personally—Fr. Arthur Liebscher of SCU’s history department and Fr. Alfonso Gomez, who is on sabbatical at SCU from his recent post as provincial of Argentina’ s Jesuits—spoke to CBS5, NBC Bay Area, KTVU, ABC, the San Jose Mercury News, and Univision.

At the national level, Fr. Liebscher’s comments appeared on Good Morning America and spurred an interview and taping of the noon mass with NBC Nightly News. Fr. Gomez’s comments were captured by Univision’s national team as well.

With invaluable help from Fr. Michael Zampelli and Fr. Luis Calero, SCU Media Relations quickly arranged two press conferences on the day of the news, as well as numerous other media interviews:  Thomas Cattoi of the Jesuit School of Theology was quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle and the San Jose Mercury News, KTVU, KCBS and KSFB radio, and Bay Area Reporter;  Fr. Michael McCarthy spoke to NBC Bay Area and KTVU and KGO Radio; Fr. Luis Calero was quoted in the New York Times; Fr. Gerald McKevitt was quoted in the Los Angeles Times; Fr. Paul Crowley spoke to KGO radio; Eric Hanson spoke to CBS News; Gary Macy offered his perspective in National Catholic Reporter; and Sally Vance-Trembath was quoted by the Christian Science Monitor, KCBS radio, and was interviewed twice on KGO radio, including a 45-minute spot Thursday morning. Matt Smith of Campus Ministry helped arrange for students to be interviewed by several local stations. He also captured many of the day’s historic moments for the Campus Ministry Youtube Channel.

These are just a few of the interviews that ran in print and broadcast. If there is a topic in the news and you’d like to offer your expertise to reporters, please contact Deborah Lohse or Marika Krause, who are part of the media relations team in the Office of Marketing and Communication.

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